The Artist won the best picture at the 84th Academy Awards tonight and what a glorious moment.
As France celebrates “ en fanfare” and should be proud, there are two things to remember that sets this film apart:
It is the first silent film to win best picture since “Wings” won in 1929 and it is the first black-and-white movie to win best picture since “Schindler’s List” in 1994. “The Artist” is Hollywood in the early days starring Jean Dujardin as silent film star George Valentin and Berenice Bejo as the plain girl who becomes a silent film phenomenon. But let’s not forget Uggie, the Jack Russell Terrier who portrays Valentin’s dog, Jack.
“Oui!” shouted DuJardin. “ I love your country,” he adds choking.
“It’s funny because, in 1929, it wasn’t Billy Crystal, but Douglas Fairbanks who hosted the first Oscar ceremony. Tickets cost $5 and it lasted 15 minutes. Times have changed,”he ends.
“I have an Oscar, I forget my speech, Best director Michel Hazanavicius said in his delightfully broken English. “I am the happiest director in the world right now.”
Backstage Jean Dujardin shared candidly:” I am a French actor but I would like to do another silent movie in America. I always watch Gene Kelly’s movies at home. At the end of my speech I said: ” it’s amazing, incredible and maybe the F- word, he (smiled). For that I am sorry.”
Following suite backstage, Michel Hazanavicius added:” I thanked Billy Wilder three times, because I had to make it short, but I could thank him a thousand times, because I think he is the perfect director. He is the soul of Hollywood.”
When we asked what was next: “I want to make an adaptation of an American movie named The Search. It’s a Fred Zinnemann movie from 1947. It’s a melodrama with a political background and it would be a modern movie, I mean, today, and it will be with Berenice,” he ends lovingly.
An impressive resume:
The Artist also won the Best Director for Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius, as well as Best Costume Design and Best Original Score
The Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture and Top Film Awards from the Producers Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy from the Golden Globes.
We were honored to have an interview with producer Ken Davitian. Click here for Utube
An amazing welcome is scheduled for the cast upon their return to France. Vive les Oscars and Vive L’amour!
The French are proud, very proud indeed: Nominees for best picture included: The Descendants,” “Hugo,” “The Help,” “Moneyball,” “War Horse,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “Midnight in Paris” and “The Tree of Life.”
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The San Francisco Green Living Examiner’s Note: What an honor it has been for us to interview some members of the cast. They were warm, romantic and so full of love for life. Paris we love you….
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