Once again, The Artist proves golden!
The silent romance film won Best Picture at the 17th Annual Critics Choice Awards, which took place last night. This is just one of a series of great news for The Artist, which also snagged not one – but five – nominations this past November from the Independent's Spirit Awards.
The Artist stars 35-year-old Argentinean actress Bérénice Bejo and was directed by her husband, French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hazanavicius was also named Best Director. “I don't like to speak so much,” he said. Was that a fun poke at the fact that The Artist is a silent film? We’d guess so.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hazanavicius then invited all the actors onto the stage to share the moment with him. The Artist also snagged awards for its costume design and score.
The film centers on a Hollywood star named George Valentin (played by Jean Dujardin) who dreads the day when talkies will replace silent films. That inevitable day will pull the plug on Valentin’s career. Bejo’s role in The Artist was written specifically for her by Hazanavicius. In the film, the gorgeous actress plays Peppy Miller, a rising star and Dujardin’s love interest.
Congrats to both Bejo and Hazanavicius on their success with The Artist!