Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, and I correctly predicted 21 out of 25 nominees in acting and directing categories. In best picture, all the films I thought would be nominated were, although I didn’t see “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “War Horse” sneaking in.
I’m really glad “The Artist” did so well – it nabbed a stunning 10 nominations, which is nothing less than remarkable. Here are five reasons why:
1. It’s the first silent best picture nominee since, well, there were silent films.
2. It’s French.
3. It has no big-name leading stars.
4. It’s in black-and-white.
5. Did I mention that it’s a silent film? This is so unusual it should count as two reasons.
But “The Artist” is every bit the underdog story that Hollywood loves – Oscar nominated writer/director Michel Hazanavicius has said that he never imagined the film would get so far.
It deserves the accolades, and here are five reasons why:
1. It’s beautiful. The cinematography by Oscar-nominated Guillaume Schiffman is breathtaking – but the film also has a beautiful spirit.
2. It’s creative. It wholly embraces its premise and gimmick, but also plays around with it. It’s a movie fan’s movie.
3. It has wonderful performances. Rightful Oscar nominees Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo had to rely on facial expressions and body language to express their emotions, and they gave rich, engaging performances – moreso than some actors who have the luxury of speaking words.
4. It’s a marvel – joyous and absolutely exhilarating.
5. Did I mention that it’s a silent film?
“The Artist” is now showing at Warren Theatre east. See it.
Oscar nomination tidbits:
Source: Associated Press; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences