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'The Artist' wins big at Producers Guild Awards

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo appear in a promotional photo for the 2011 movie 'The Artist.' (The Weinstein Company)

January 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
"The Artist" took top honors at this weekend's Producers Guild Awards.

The black-and-white silent film tribute to early Hollywood beat out "The Descendants" to win the producer of the year award in theatrical motion pictures.

Awards were handed out at the Beverly Hilton hotel. The honor could give "The Artist" a major boost toward an Academy Award next month. The Producers Guild Awards are one of the most accurate predictors of best-picture success on Oscar night.