The Artist

The Artist
Comedy, Drama, Romance
2011

Director: Michel Hazanavicius Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Uggie, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, Bitsie Tulloch, Ken Davitian, Malcolm McDowell, Dash Pomerantz, Beau Nelson, Basil Hoffman, Bill Fagerbakke, Nina Siemaszko

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jean Dujardin); Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius); Best Costume Design; Best Original Score (Ludovic Bource)

Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Bérénice Bejo); Best Original Screenplay (Michel Hazanavicius); Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Art Direction

I First Saw In: 2011

Synopsis: A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Did You Know? This was the first silent film to win Best Picture since the very first Academy Awards, 83 years previously. It is also the only film about filmmaking to win Best Picture.

Quotables: AL ZIMMER: Perfect! Beautiful! Could you give me just one more?

And now a Word from the Guise:
I think a lot of people consider this to be just another ostentatious, artsy movie that is fodder for the Academy, but I was unequivocally enamoured with The Artist the first time I saw it, and I fell in love all over again watching it today. I love its charm, its class, and its romance. It has a lovely story with excellent performances.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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