Shortly following the international-dominated Golden Globes this past month, French actor, Jean Dujardin won the Best Actor award in a Drama at the 18th Annual Screen Actor Guild Awards this Sunday. The award ceremony was held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California for its sixteenth consecutive year.
A shocked and tearful Dujardin could only utter “Oh my god” multiple times before beginning his prepared speech. He said, “I was a very bad student. I didn’t listen in class, I was always dreaming. My teachers called me “Jean Du Lun,” Jean of the Moon. And I realize now that I never stopped dreaming. Thank you very much, thank you for this dream.”
Although “The Artist” did not win for its Motion Picture Ensemble Cast or its female star, Bérénice Bejo, it has been allegedly the top runner for best picture, director, and actor for the upcoming Academy Awards. This past Saturday, for instance, Michel Hazanavicius was presented with the Directors Guild of America award for his feature-film. According to past statistics, the Directors Guild honors are one of the most-accurate forecasts for who might go on to take home an Oscar. Only six times in the 63-year history of the guild awards has the winner failed to win the Oscar for best director. And usually whichever film earns the directing Oscar award also wins Best Picture.
Onto the next awards show!