"The Artist," a black and white film starring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, won the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday, February 26, becoming the first mostly-silent film to earn the top Academy Award in 85 years.
The movie, by director Michel Hazanavicius, who is Bejo's husband, beat "War Horse," "The Help," "Hugo," "The Descendants," "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life," "Midnight In Paris" and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." The winners of the 2012 Academy Awards were announced at a Los Angeles ceremony that aired live on ABC.
"I want to say 'Hi' to my kids," Hazanavicius said as he and the producers collected their Oscar for Best Picture. "It's six in the morning in Paris so you should go to bed in 30 seconds. I want to say to my wife Berenice Bejo, who is here, that I love you but it's not just that, it's about the movie - you inspired the movie and you are the soul of the movie and you are the positive feeling of the movie."
"The Artist," which won the top prize at the Golden Globes last month, depicts the lives of a veteran actor named George Valentin, played by Dujardin, and a rising actress named Peppy Miller, portrayed by Bejo, in Hollywood in the late 1920s. Around that time, silent films began to be phased out and were soon replaced by 'talkies,' or movies with dialogue.
James Cromwell plays Valentin's driver, Clifton, while Penelope Ann Miller portrays the silent film actor's wife, Doris. The movie also stars John Goodman as producer Al Zimmer. Another star of the movie is Uggie, a Jack Russell terrier. His trainer told OnTheRedCarpet.com several weeks ago that the dog, who is 10 years old, is set to retire.
The 1927 film "Wings" was previously the last silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. "The Artist" was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including individual acting nods for Dujardin and Bejo. She lost to Meryl Streep, but Dujardin