The black-and-white silent film homage won five Oscars altogether, including best direction for writer-director Michel Hazanavicius and best actor for its star, Jean Dujardin.
“I am the happiest director in the world right now. Thank you for that,” Hazanavicius said as he accepted his directing trophy. “Ever since this movie has been made, life has been full of grace and joy and happiness.”When accepting the Best Picture Award Hazanavicius said he wanted to thank three people: “Billy Wilder, Billy Wilder and Billy Wilder.”
The Artist also won awards for best original score and costume design.
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies.