“The Artist” Takes It Away
Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” was named best picture at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday.
It is the first essentially silent film to win best picture since “Wings” won at the first Oscar ceremony in 1929. Additionally, “The Artist” is the first black-and-white movie to win best picture since “Schindler’s List” in 1994.
“The Artist” is a look at the early days of Hollywood starring Jean Dujardin as silent film star George Valentin and Berenice Bejo as the ordinary girl who becomes a silent film sensation. But perhaps the most notable member of the cast is Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrier who potrays Valentin’s dog, Jack.