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.


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