In October I did a post on the film "The Artist" that Peter and I saw at the Hamptons Film Festival. I was enthralled by the style, the acting, the story, and the music. "The Artist" won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the festival which is mildly entertaining as one thinks of "narrative" as relating to the "spoken word" and yet this is a silent movie. Yes, a black and white, silent movie about a romance in the era of silent movies. That, right there, should be enough to peak your curiosity and get you out the door.
"The Artist" was directed by French auteur Michel Hazanavicius and stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. Dujardin won The Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his role in the artist, and deservedly so in my opinion - his performance was captivating. The Oscars are coming up soon (February 26th) and this magical film has been nominated in multiple categories including: Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Music, and Best Picture. In addition to those nominations, "The Artist" has won:
Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Actor
Critics Choice Awards for Best Picture and Best Director
A Director's Guild Award for Best Picture
A Producer's Guild Award for Best Picture
A Screen Actor's Guild Award for Best Ensemble of the Year
We implore you, go see this movie, we expect you'll find it as colorful and sonorous as we did, and we hope it resonates with you the way it has with the rest of the world.