Saturday, April 20, 2024

NY Critics Choose “The Artist” Best Picture, Best Director


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
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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