How “The Artist” Stormed the Oscars

The story of a French black and white movie with no dialogues or any major stars sweeping the Oscars is a fairytale to say the least. As with most fairytales the ending was happy and joyous. The movie won five Oscars including best picture, best directing, best costume design, best original music score and best actor. The Oscar favorites were all nominated, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, but it was ‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius who bagged the honor for best director.

While the film is now celebrated by one and all, everybody has a little seed of doubt in their minds as to how this happened? How did such an uninspiring movie become a colossal success? Well, most seem to believe it is the handiwork of one genius named Harvey Weinstein, the man who bought the film’s distribution rights in the U.S before it even hit the film festival scene. Harvey Weinstein is a movie mogul and someone who is widely known for unearthing talents like Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino is a successful film-maker who has attained widespread success and critical acclaim for his movies like Pulp Fiction, Kill-Bill and Inglorious Bastards. Harvey also backed last year’s best picture winner The King’s Speech.

Life often comes a full circle, much like the retro themes coming back into vogue; silent movies are making a quiet comeback. This is where Harvey, the wily old fox that he is played the nostalgia card. “Something about what Harvey managed to do — getting these three very charming leads and the director out there, getting the dog out there, screening it to everyone who mattered, milking the nostalgia and old Hollywoodness of it — lifted it from the competitor to the favorite long before the show came around,” says Empire magazine’s Ian Nathan to CNN

Best actor winner Jean Dujardin and his co-stars Berenice Bejo and John Goodman have become overnight Hollywood celebrities, while the dog in the movie also has its fair share of fans. The movie has done well in the box-office considering its off-beat nature, raking in $76 million worldwide. There was even a case were audience turned up to see ‘The Artist’ without knowing it was a silent movie and protested to have their ticket money refunded. Whatever the audience might think, “The Artist” will forever be remembered in history as the first silent movie to win an Oscar after 1929.

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