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The New York Film Critics Circle have chosen “The Artist” as Best Picture and Michel Hazanavicius as Best Director for “The Artist.” That’s the silent, black and white film that has taken the film community by storm. “The Artist” comes from The Weinstein Company, which also picked up Best Actress for Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady.” Other winners include Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, and Brad Pitt–all excellent choices.

“Moneyball” won Best Screenplay and “Tree of Life” won Best Cinematography.

“The Artist” was made by French director, actors and composer–but shot in Los Angeles. It’s maybe the most clever film of the last several years, with the only other competitor being Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” The two films debuted in Cannes this past May, although originally “The Artist” might not have been included. It was only when Harvey Weinstein saw it and bought it in Paris right before the film festival that everything changed.

Now “The Artist” has a bunch of Spirit Award nominations in addition to the New York Film Critics award.

And still, I ask, where is the love for Uggie the Dog?

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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