Friday, January 20, 2012
OSCAR WATCH: The Artist
"The Artist" is a charming film that shines on the clever instincts of director Michel Hazanavicius. In recreating the magic of classic cinema, "The Artist" practically defies any serious criticism. The film manages to be completely unoriginal (basically remaking films like "Singin’ in the Rain" and "A Star Is Born") and original (a black and white silent film among all the overproduced blockbusters today). The music is lovely and the cinematography is a great showcase of effective use of lighting. Jead Dujardin is the star of the show, giving a really captivating performance. His succeeds in quite a difficult task, as silent acting requires very expressive acting technique for it to work. I must admit, my interest waned at certain points, as it’s difficult to keep engaged when you are trained to hearing audible dialogue. However, these instances were soon followed by moments of sheer brilliance that put a big smile on my face.
It’s easy to see why this film is destined for Oscar glory. I’m predicting this film to get at least 9 nominations – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score. Berenice Bejo will likely be carried along in the coattails of the film’s success and earn a nod for Best Supporting Actress as well (though it’s arguably a lead performance). It may not have convinced me to ditch the "talkies", but "The Artist" is a delight.