Photo © 2011 The Weinstein Company
The Artist **Winner**
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Uggie
Other categories nominated in: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Supporting Actress (Bérénice Bejo), Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing,
Synopsis: Set in Hollywood in 1927, The Artist follows silent movie star George Valentin as the onslaught of talking pictures threatens to cause an early end to his career.
Why it deserves to win: Making a silent film in 2012 sounds like a recipe for Box Office disaster, but The Artist has managed to charm audiences worldwide, becoming both a critical and commercial success. Topping best of lists and scoring some big wins at The Critics Choice Awards and The Golden Globes, The Artist has a great shot of claiming the Best Picture Oscar this year.