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Bridges: ‘Just a kid from Niagara Falls'

Mark Bridges accepted the Academy Award for Costume Design Sunday night for his work on "The Artist," referring to himself as "just a kid from Niagara Falls who dreamed, ate and slept movies."

Bridges graduated from LaSalle Senior High School in 1978; his mother and stepfather, Helen and Elton Rengstorf, live in Lewiston.

After accepting the Oscar from presenters Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez, Bridges said, "Wow, this is thrilling. I want to thank [director] Michel Hazanavicius for making a beautiful film and having me along for the ride, [producer] Thomas Langmann for believing in the film and getting the resources together to make it, and Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Company for getting it out to the world.

"I want to thank my wonderful crew and you know, I was just a kid from Niagara Falls who dreamed, ate and slept movies, so I want to thank the Academy for this honor and for making a lifelong dream come true. Thank you!"

Bridges had already won a BAFTA Film Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for his work on the silent film, which was filmed in black and white.

- Anne Neville