Best Picture 2012 – The Artist
The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film.The film was written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius and stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the “talkies”.
The Artist received near-universal acclaim from critics and won many accolades. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. The film was nominated for six Golden Globes, the most of any 2011 film, and won three; Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score, and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Dujardin. In January 2012 the film was nominated for twelve BAFTAs, also the most of any film from 2011, and won seven, the most wins of the night, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Hazanavicius, and Best Actor for Dujardin.
It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director for Hazanavicius, and Best Actor for Dujardin, who was the first French actor ever to win. It was the first French film to ever win Best Picture, the first mainly silent film to win since 1927′s Wings (the first recipient of the Best Picture Award, in 1929), the first film presented in the 4:3 aspect ratio to win since 1955′s Marty, the first black-and-white film to win since 1960′s The Apartment, and the first non-R-rated film to win since 2004′s Million Dollar Baby.
In France, it was nominated for ten César Awards,winning six, including Best Film, Best Director for Hazanavicius and Best Actress for Bejo. The Artist became the most awarded French film in history.
Best Costume Design
Best Original Score
Best Supporting Actress: Bérénice Bejo (winner: Octavia Spencer – The Help)
Best Writing – Original Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius (winner: Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen)
Best Art Direction: Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould (winner: Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo)
Best Cinematography: Hugo – Robert Richardson (winner: Guillaume Schiffman)