The black and white silent film, “The Artist” wins 5 Academy Awards tonight in Hollywood, CA. The film would also win an award for its DirectorÂ Michel Hazanavicius as well as best actor for Jean Durjardin and for costume design and music (original score).
Durjardin said about his win for best actor said, “I said it’s amazing. Â It’s incredible. Â It’s unbelievable. Â Thank you.”
Hazanavicius when accepting his Oscar thank the great Billy Wilder and said, “I thanked Billy Wilder three times, because I had to make it short, but I could thank him, like, a thousand times, because I think he is the perfect director. Â This is the perfect example and he’s the soul of Hollywood, and most of all, I wanted to thank him. Â And I love him.
Hazanavicius added, “I want to thank The Harvey Weinstein Company. I want to thank the cast, Jean, BÃ©rÃ©nice,
you know, thank you. James Cromwell, John Goodman, Missi Pyle, Penelope, all of you, Malcolm McDowell. Thank you very much. I want to thank all the crew. I want to thank Uggie, the dog, I think he doesnâ€™t care.”
The Artist producer Thomas Langmann was the sole producer of the film. When asked about the making of the film and the experience of the nights event Langmann said, “Well, it’s Â it’s been an amazing journey. Â When we started this movie, you know, all the meetings that we had were very short.
No one wanted to help us making a silent black and white movie. Â But I was convinced that Michel Hazanavicius was a very gifted director, and I thought that if we were giving him the money that he needed, if we could come and shoot in LA and with an American cast, American crew I was hoping that the movie.”
Langmann continued, “I knew because it was silent black and white would be different, original. Â And all the weakness that were at the beginning became strength.
So, now, of course, with all the award season and this amazing evening here at the Oscars and for us to be French, even if we come to American French movie, yes, it’s thrilling, it’s amazing. Â I’ll never forget this evening.”
“The Artist” is currently still playing in theaters and will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD in Spring.