Friday, May 24, 2024

The Artist Director wins DGA, Readies for Oscar

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Michel Hazanavicius must think he’s living in a dream. Tonight the Directors Guiild of America awarded him Best Director of a feature Film for “The Artist.” He beat Martin Scorsese and Alexander Payne. His silent black and white film, unveiled in Paris a week before last year’s Cannes film festival, is now headed to win the Academy Award next month. Sacre bleu! But those of us who saw it then knew from the start– that when Harvey Weinstein bought the film and it won the Cannes audience prize, the deal was done. Weinstein would follow his “King’s Speech” win for a second year in a row. It’s an amazing feat and well deserved. “The Artist” is almost an instsnt classic. Now the only questions are whether its actors will get pulled along with the momentum. Of the two, Jean DuJardin and Berence Bejo, I’d say the latter has the best chance statistically. And then of course there are always the write-ins for Uggie the dog.

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Roger Friedman
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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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