France Invades America With The Artist’s Oscar Win

The Artist won best picture for the 84th Academy Awards last night Sunday. Michael Hazavanicius; Writer, Director, and Editor of The Artist also won best director award.

The Artist is the first American film by acclaimed French writer and director Michel Hazanavicius. Mr. Hazanavicius first broke through as a feature filmmaker with his 2006 comedy OSS 117 – CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES, a spy spoof starring Jean Dujardin. Mr. Hazanavicius and Mr. Dujardin reteamed three years later for the hit sequel OSS 117 – LOST IN RIO.

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Jean Dujardin stars as George Valantin in The Artist. One of France’s biggest stars, actor/writer/director Jean Dujardin began his performing career in Paris comedy clubs. In the late 1990s, he co-founded the popular sketch comedy troupe Nous C

Nous, which broke through to the French public through multiple wins on television talent competition series “Graines des stars” and went on to appear on France’s most successful talk shows. Jean won best actor for The Artist, and during his acceptance speech, dropped the equivalent of the F-bomb in French. Meryl Streep won for best actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Gore Verbinski won the award for best animated feature film, with his picture Rango, starring the voice of Johnny Depp. The following is a portion of the onstage acceptance speech he proudly gave.


Gore Verbinski: Thank you so much, this is crazy. Someone asked me if this film was for kids and, I don’t know, but it was certainly created by a bunch of grownups acting like children and we just had the best time. I want to thank the real-world chameleon, Mr. Johnny Depp, and the entire cast for coming out and playing.

(…) And to my beautiful wife and my family who inspire me every day with their smiles and laughter. It doesn’t get any better than this, thank you.

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