The Artist Wins Best Picture: Your Thoughts

Movie Fans, Your thoughts on the first time in 83 years that a silent film has won the Best Picture Oscar.

The Artist Wins Best Picture

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  • Allen Hefner

    I certainly liked the film. I think it was so well done, that it appeared fresh among all the CGI offerings, and hopefully will inspire other film makers to take a step back from the computer.

    And I still think that City Lights should have won for 1931. My guess is that the Academy was still awed by talking films and City Lights seemed to be a holdover from the past. It was still an outstanding film.

    • Lou

      I’d rather keep my comments silent.

      • Roy

        A few years back before the great film director Robert Altman had passed away. He was recorded on a documentary on a College course called “American Cinema” and he said; “Flim making is changing but not evolving and by that I mean there’s a change coming and movies that were made before are no longer going to be made in that fashion and it’s a pity. Because the technique that it involves being a actor,writer,producer,and even director will no longer be a primary source of energy or influence in the Flim making process and that will be the end of what is now considered film making” as I see it getting close to Mr. Altmans prediction but he would agree,as I have, that this film is good to great film and hopefully others will bring back what was an “art” and defining work in some of the what that industry’s best people. Hopefull Hollywood somehow keep the art of film making ,just that film making and not computer imaging making! Oh and by the way as a side note animation is animation not a film or a movie either!

  • Rob in L.A.

    “…!”

    • Woody

      …. :-)

  • Blair Kramer.

    I liked “The Artist” when it was called “Singin’ In The Rain.” Still do.

    • msrhea57

      I agree. (It was charming, though)

    • john craig

      I so agree with you “Singing in…..” much better fun…”The Artist” hugely over-rated

    • Michelle Van Tine

      Singing in the Rain was about actors who succeeded when talking movies replaced silent movies, but The Actor was about an actor who failed when talkies came in, a bit of a John Gilbert story–and a very different one from Singing in the Rain.

  • Movie Fan

    A black and white movie. An homage to the silent era. The first movie ever filmed entirely in Los Angeles. Sounds like sentimentality or nostalgia won this year. Maybe the Academy is tired of high tech special effects. CGI is overused and tends to distract from, not add to, the finished product.

  • Frank DeCavalcante

    “The Artist” is a charming and entertaining movie, and its stars are refreshing performers, but best picture? For all its sentimentality, I think “War Horse”is a better film, and “Midnight in Paris”is an even stronger choice. Hell, “The Descendants” is a more appropriate choice. Don’t get me wrong. I totally enjoyed seeing “The Artist” but I think it was voted best picture for all the wrong reasons.

  • maria

    When I left the theater after seeing “The Artist” I said to my friend “that film was just delightful”. We both fell in love with Uggie the canine co-star/hero and were really wowed by Jean and Berenice, the gorgeous duo who lit up the screen. The storyline is so real and pure. It is such a departure from what we usually see and for me it was the ultimate escape.I know the Academy usually rewards more complex works but this film really appealed to me.

  • Jim

    I’m glad it won because I hope it will stir new interest in films from the silent era.

    • Jim B

      Completely agree. There are some remarkable silent films. People should look at silent films and black and white films as a different art form. It is similar to comparing a water color to an oil painting. One isn’t better than the other just different. Appreciate films for what they are, not what they’re not.

  • Susan

    I loved the film and am happy that it won “Best Picture.” It’s about time a feel-good, fun and happy film won, instead of a pompous, boring “important” film (i.e. unwatchable).

  • john

    i say nothing like silence again:)

  • doris

    wonderful!!! but i doubt it will mean that people will be more open to the silents…i also think that although getting the oscar might get more of an audience it still won’t be seen by many. i truly understand the people who aren’t interested.it is such a different experience.
    i have watched many, many silents so it’s easy for me to appreciate.

  • Dash

    The Artist was a great movie UNTIL the scene with George wandering down the street and then seeing himself in the reflection in the store window. That scene was accompanied with the very, very identifiable music from Hitchcock’s Vertigo. At that moment I was jolted out of the fantasy world of The Artist and landed in Kim Novak’s hotel room watching her emerge from the bathroom with her hair up and feeling Jimmy Stewart’s pain and excitement of knowing that he’s found her. I’m not even sure what happened in The Artist after that moment. I was in another movie and a better movie. I don’t believe it was a homage to Vertigo as there was no matching story line to go with it, just a bad choice of music. If you are going to pick music from another movie as part of your score, which is allowed, please don’t pick something as closely associated with one of the top 5 or 10 movies of all time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589082046 Robert Ackerman

    I enjoyed The Artist a lot. But, “Best Picture,” I don’t think so. It was a pleasant novelty. The acting, quite good, albeit without the added dimension of voice. If the Academy really wanted to award an homage, they should have given it to “Hugo,” a much more inventive story than a warmed over “Star Is Born.”
    And, not for nothing, “Hugo” didn’t need the 3-D to work its magic. Scorsese snubbed for Best Director. Indeed!

    • Joan

      Couldn’t agree with you more on all accounts.

      • Doug

        Well, Hugo is based on a children’s graphic novel, so Scorsese didn’t invent it, if that’s what you mean. But the movie is much better than the book with all the Melies flashbacks. He was a great filmmaker and really the first one to have so much fun with the medium. He ws much admired and respected at the turn of the 20th century. It was really sad that so many of his films were lost.

    • Anne

      I agree with you in every respect. I was going to add my two cents, but now I don’t have to, because you have done it for me. And much better than I would have, I must say!

  • Bill Ameen

    “The Artist” was wonderfully entertaining and deserving, but my favorite film of the year wa the underappreciated “Drive”. Loved “Hugo” but it’s best seen in 3-D. The sad thing is that everyone asociated with “The Artist” will likely not be seen again at the Oscars.

  • Mayka

    “The Artist” is a good movie, but not my choice for the Oscar, and when it comes to the best actor nomination, even though George Clooney was very good, Gary Oldman deserved the Oscar. I hope they don’t wait until he is 90 years old to give him an Oscar. Anyway, Mr. Harvey Weinstein has the MIDAS Touch and any movie he is involved with gets Oscars.

  • Colin Williams

    Great film – pure entertainment. Good fun without special effects. What a joyous evening.

  • Tito Pannaggi

    I liked “The Artist” when it was called “A Star Is Born”, “The Thin Man” and “Singin’ in the Rain”, and when it was called “The Artist”. It was courrageous to make a film like this today – I enjoyed it!

  • John Goodwin

    I liked “The Artist”, but I think “Midnight In Paris” is a slightly better film.

  • r-gordon-7

    The best “nostalgia” picture of the year was “Midnight in Paris”. It “said” so much more. (Bad pun semi-intended…)

  • kess roberts

    not a fan of cgi but black&white AND silent ?hollywood types are a wacky lot

  • MOVIEGUY

    U MUST BE JOKING IT SUCKED!!! I HOPE IT DOESNT START A B/W SILENT TREND….WE LEFT THAT YEARS AGO. SEND THE FROGS BACK TO FRANCE AND STAY THERE. WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE AMERICAN ARTISTS!!!

    • maxfrabien

      Wow! You’re a rude one, aren’t you. You can simply say you didn’t like it. And more films should be filmed in black & white. Not only more artistic, it takes one away from reality, which is really what going to a movie is all about.

    • Deborah

      Could not agree with you more, there’s a reason silent movies went the way of the Model T!!

  • Moochie

    I remember when we got our first Color TV, in the 1960s, we could actually turn off the color and watch programs in B&W. I always loved the old B&W films more than the color ones. So, I would turn off the color. I truly believe that I pay more attention to the dialogue because my mind is not as focused on the colors.
    I absolutely LOVED “The Artist” because it made me pay attention to the actors and their mannerisms and facial expressions. Of course there were a few dialogue boxes to move the plot, but that is A-OK.
    I still love to record the late-at-night B&W silent flicks on TCM and watch them during daylight hours.

  • Barbara Atkinson

    Hubby and I loved “The Artist.” We go to very few movies in theaters, as can’t stand the loud noises and offensive language/scenes/postures. Watch so much TCM that I actually didn’t even notice “The Artist” was in b&w until it was nearly over…. B&W is NORMAL to us, as it was while growing up in the 50s and 60s… (Not everyone could afford color TVs when they first became widely available.) Was so refreshing to see a great low budget film with a fine score that did not blast my ears or give a headache from flashing lights/explosions/fast camera work. (As far as fast camera work goes, the “Carioca” scene in “Flying Down to Rio” [1933] is plenty fast enough!) OK, so I’m old fashioned (but not 60 years old yet). Like my entertainment to be relaxing and not raise the blood pressure… Hope we have more like “The Artist” in terms of pure entertainment without the high tech. Glad it won!!

    • maxfrabien

      Good points Barbara. I’d like to add to the fact that you didn’t notice the black & white until the end. Did you notice the dimensions of the movie frame? It was the old 4:3 frame that was discontinued in 1953. All movies now are widescreen.

    • Doug

      I know what you mean, Barbara. I was nine years old in 1963 when we got our first color television. I felt like a junkie watching cartoons in color, it seemed so unnatural. I love black and white films, with a good cinematographer, the audience can be transported into a mystical emotional and intellectual place with B/W. It’s a great medium.

  • Nancy

    I LOVED the Artist! While I always feel that Best Picture is quite subjective – how do you compare some of these to each other? And maybe it wouldn’t hold up to some othre Best Picture – I was quite glad to see the star get the Best Actor, I felt well-deserved. THink the bottom line is this: If you love old movies – you will love The Artist. IF you really don’t care for old movies – then it is probably not for you. Vive la difference!!!

  • jerry tunnell

    Perfect choice for best picture. Followed by “Hugo”. Anything but “Midnight in Paris”; i could smell ,Woody Allen, from a block away.

  • Jewel Jaffe Ross

    It was charming… also boring. Pure gimmick and undeserving of the Best Picture Oscar.

  • DIRK

    Everything old is new again. Bravo!!

  • Susan W.

    “War Horse” is the only Oscar nominated film we’ve seen from the group. Thus after the awards program, I think I, not my husband, would enjoy viewing “The Artist” and “Midnight In Paris”. I just watched “Black Swan” last night. Now I’m only a year behind on viewing the Oscar nominees/winners. I think it would be thrilling to see NICK Clooney on the front row at the Awards who is much better looking than his son, what’s his name?

    Being the 85th Awards next year, I wonder if there will be a reunion gathering with previous award winners on the stage…HELLO George Kennedy and Olivia de Havilland!

    • Doug

      And Joan Fontaine, Olivia’s sister, who is still around. And Rainer who is about 102. Olivia and Joan on the same stage might be a scratch-your-eyes-out contest, though. I tell ya, I was so glad Christopher Plummer won that award, it was about time.

  • May

    George Clooney was robbed – he should have received the Oscar for his amazing performance in ‘The Descendants’ which should have won for best picture.

    • Deborah

      Yes, Clooney was brillant and the movie was heads and tails above The Artist!!!!

  • Laura

    No desire to watch a silent movie!

  • James Sedares

    In a particularly weak year in nominated films certainly The Artist would win. It’s a love letter to Hollywood and the movies. And it’s just the kind of movie that Oscar and Hollywood loves.

  • maxfrabien

    My first choice was “War Horse”, but “The Artist” was excellent. I’m just grateful “Tree of Life” got shut out totally. What a piece of artistic garbage!

    • Gary

      Who’s the “rude” one now Max?
      Also you really don’t believe that movies are only made to take one from reality do you?

      • maxfrabien

        I apologize Gary, you are right, my comment on “Tree of Life” was rude. But I do believe black&white films tend to be more artistic, and “dreamlike”, taking the viewer away from the world around him. Also, black&white can set a mood better than color. I’m not saying all films should be black&white, but it should be used more.

        • Doug

          My first choice was War Horse, too. So well done. But I haven’t seen The Artist. I will, because I love Asta in The Thin Man movies and anything with a trained terrier in it must be oscar-worthy. I kind of agree somewhat with the artsy remark, though. I think that way about The Hurt Locker snatching the prize from Avatar. The Hurt Locker was so demanding to watch on a certain intellectual level that I really lost interest with it, whereas Avatar was so wonderful to watch throughout. Not that I don’t like intellectually stimulating movies. But sometimes the director’s statement can be too leaden and overbearing. After all, the first thing said in Gone With The Wind is Fiddle-De-De, lol. And movies can just be fun and kicked back, there is no license.

    • john craig

      If you thought film of War Horse good…you should see the play……Infinately better

  • Sara Stone

    The Artist was so boring and quiet that I fell asleep!!! Can’t believe this won Best Picture. I would have gone for Hugo.

  • John Primavera

    “The Artist” is a delightful movie, filled with
    lots of surprises – - like it’s the link between
    “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Sunset Blvd.” – - and
    engaging characters. It won because it’s different
    and a novelty. Jean Dujardin made history by being
    the first French-born to win Best Actor, something
    Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer, and Gerard Depardieu couldn’t accomplish. The little dog is a
    great scene-stealer. Go see it.

  • Mr. Ed

    To coin a Monty Python phrase, “And now for something completely different.” “The Artist” was completely different and Bravo to the Producer for trying something different and Bravo to the Director, actors (yes, even Uggie) and everyone else who thought, Why this is so crazy it just might work!” No special effects, no hyped music, just story and characters. And what a nice story. I liked it, alot!

  • didge

    The B&W medium turns sentimentality into charm, settles manic emotions and is not as easy as it would seem to accomplish. I really felt the intrigue of falling in love again while watching this movie, felt the dawning of the new era (an experience not enough studied) and was really relaxed! Transported, I think is the word. In my opinion, they could not give this movie enough awards!

  • Joan

    Robert is the first person I have run into that has mentioned the artist being “A Star is Born” ( what for the 4th time?) I enjoyed the picture but storyline is not unique; really thought Hugo should have got the award.

    • Doug

      I just bought Hugo and watched it. It’s a good film, but what happened to the train wreck scene? It’s not in the dvd. That’s real odd.

      I’ve always been a big Melies fan.

      I was hoping War Horse would win something, it’s a good period piece film.

  • reeves

    The only way to get guttural filthy language out of a movie is to make it silent. That and the cute dog is this movies’ only redemption.

  • keb b

    My great-grandfather saw a similar film back-in-the day, but he had a live piano player. And how can a guy who doesn’t speak a line get best actor award? OK, he didn’t flub his lines, I will admit that much. Monday night’s awards was another “hooray for us” Hollywood moment.

    • maxfrabien

      He won the Best Actor award because of his ACTING. He communicated to the audience conveyed all his emotions through his actions and facial expressions. That takes exceptional acting skill. As Norma Desmond said in “Sunset Boulevard”, “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1670634648 Gary Arthur

    Listen, I’m not paying 12-15.00 to see a silent film. The egotistical actors are rich enou8gh… although sometimes it is best if they keep their mouths shut. Give me the good ol’ days when movies were entertaining, Bogie, Cagney, Mitchum, Robinson, Elizabeth Scott, Barbara Stanwyck… on and on… they don’t make ‘em like that anymore… They made movies that entertained… they left it to your imagination.

    • NSG

      Gary, you are absolutely right.

      Another thing, I don’t watch the Oscars any more, ever since about 1972, when the Best Actress award went to Liza Minella for Cabaret, instead of Diana Ross for Lady Sings the Blues. That was the first time I can recall being so utterly disappointed in how the awards were decided. Of course, I later learned that this kind of thing had been going on for many years. In this particular case, I felt that Liza’s performance, while very good, was something that was not that strange to her, being a musical; whereas, Diana Ross, lead singer for The Supremes, was totally acting and did a marvellous job as Billie Holliday, who was a drug addict.

      So often the awards are not given for efforts that I believe are truly deserving. This is, of course, my opinion. One of the greatest actresses of all time was Katharine Hepburn, who won 4 Oscars. Now, Meryl Streep has won 3, and she is not nearly as hold as Kate was when she got her last Oscar for On Golden Pond. Meryl very likely has many more years to go, and already has been more times than Kate was. In my opinion, this year, the Oscar should have gone to Viola Davis, for The Help.

      One of the best all around actors ever was Cary Grant, who never won a competitive Oscar. The only Oscar Bogey every won was for The African Queen, which I think was his last movie, but I could be wrong in that. In any event, it was near the end of his life.

      James Stewart gave a superb performance for Mr Smith Goes to Washington, but the award that year went (I think it was that year) to Robert Donat. Instead of the truly outstanding performance that Mr Stewart gave (in my opinion), he was given what I call a consolation Oscar the following time he performed, but as Supporting Actor for The Philadelphia Story.

      I could go on and on about this, but I’m sure you and everyone else reading this would be bored. I think I’ve made my point.

      I am still interested in knowing who wins the awards, but I don’t waste my time watching the shows. I just check the internet afterward and find out the highlights.

  • KarenG

    Thought it was a charming movie, and truly enjoyed it. However, I thought Hugo was a much better movie.

  • keith

    “the artist” is the only nominated film i’ve seen. not quite a silent picture, rather a sound picture with the sound turned off. the lighting particularly seemed off style to me. the bernard herrmann vertigo “homage” was a jolt and showed by comparison what a mediocre derivative score we had been listening to up to the rescue sequence. even though i didn’t care for it much, “the artist” has more to criticize on an adult level than most of the dreck they charge nine bucks a ticket for.

  • George Matusek

    To those who are repeating ad nauseum that “The Artist” is merely a repeat of “A Star Is Born” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” you do appreciate that YOU are merely REPEATING superficial received opinion, don’t you? Let us know when you come up with an original idea. The notion of “homage” apparently does not appeal to you. As for paying an “homage” (French pronunciation, please) to Bernard Herrmann’s wonderful “Vertigo” music, GET OVER IT! I love Kim Novak’s performance, but her crying “rape” over the music is ridiculous — Bernard Herrmann himself came close to recycling this same music in other films, and he admitted that he was imitating Richard Wagner’s music for the opera “Tristan und Isolde.” Virtually ALL the music by John Williams is recycled — compare the “Star Wars” theme to the end of one of the acts of Puccini’s opera “Manon Lescaut” — the Imperial March is just a variant of “With a Little Bit o’ Luck” from “My Fair Lady” — the Flying Theme for “Superman” is just recycled from Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem “Death and Transfiguration” — the orchestration is derived from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. I have a very keen ear! And when it comes to “A Star is Born,” you do realize there are THREE versions of it, don’t you? If you think that “The Artist” is yet a mere 4th version, then allow me to shock you — I think it’s the BEST, the most charming, and entertaining version!!! It was, indeed, THE BEST PIcURE in terms of being the most charming and entertaining picture of the year. I do not have a drop of French blood — I am of Czech ancestry — next year I’m rooting for a Czech film to beat the crap out of one of your ugly American CGI explosion-heavy Transformer crappy movies.

    • Doug

      You’re absolutely right. There was an original Star is Born silent film that Gaynor and March’s version was made from. And Vertigo is one of my least favorite Hitchcock films, even though he’s one of my favorite directors.

  • John Primavera

    Jane Wyman won an Oscar without uttering a word. John Mills did the same without uttering not a
    legible word, just grunts.

  • Mika

    I didn’t see it and don’t know that I will see it.
    I’d rather watch a real silent from the 1920′s and there are so many great ones -Sunrise, City Lights, etc.

  • Frank

    did not get the attraction of The Artist. The players were fine–talented. The dog was terrific. The film was way too cutesy and did not serve much purpose. Not that entertaining and not illuminating about people. Pretty silly. Had we been watching a 20s film we’d have thought better of it. There were great silent films. That era is over and this was a waste. Oscar? Nope. But I guess the Hollywood insiders are in love with this kind of fake history.

  • Publius

    Looks like what the late Mary Pickford said is coming true: “It would’ve been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkie isntead of the other way around.”

  • Doug

    I haven’t seen it, but I will. I was a great fan of Asta in The Thin Man movies and any movie with a trained terrier deserves an oscar, lol.

  • Doug

    The Artist,a film about early films (5 oscars).
    Hugo, a film about early films (5 oscars).
    Hmmm…

  • Bob Berg

    Liked the film but agree with Dash’s comments when the VERTIGO music came on it completely threw me for a loop. The Herrmann score has always been one of my favorites and I don’t know why the composer of THE ARTIST chose to use that piece of music. I have a feeling not many people know the VERTIGO film music since I have not seen any comments about the scoring of this film. In any case, I am not sure that the film composer of THE ARTIST should have won an Oscar using music from another film and it was not source music. I do think THE ARTIST won Best Picture because it dared to do something different for today’s audiences. Just saw MIDNIGHT IN PARIS for a second time and I am thinking this should have been the Best Picture of 2011.

  • jim

    I liked it. It is a great film, well writin, people that don’t like it do not understand good movies. They are used to movies of today with a lot of action and bad story lines.

  • Garry Stewart

    ” The Artist ” is a tribute to old Hollywood. eg.A Star is Born, Singin in the Rain, Shall We Dance etc,plus silent and black and white . That also gives license to salute old music scores too, including bits of the Vertigo score.THE WHOLE FILM IS A TRIBUTE TO HOLLYWOOD OF THE PAST, INCLUDING THE MUSIC . Get over it .

  • Debbie

    I have not had a chance to see the movie yet. It doesn’t matter. Jean Dujardin is a handsome devil and I could probably watch anything with him in it. Funny ’cause I don’t usually care for French actors. Something a little too oily for my taste.

  • Trystan

    The Artist winning Best Picture is a real joke. It shows how those awards are given to the “popular” fims vs. films of real artistic merit, or films relative to today’s society.

    It is proof 67 per cent of the Academy are over 60 years of age. Really sad, I used to believe there focused on excellenence in film.

    • maxfrabien

      Awards are given to only “popular” films? If that was the case, Streven Speilberg would have a lot more Oscars than he does now. “The English Patient”, “The Last Emperor”, “Out of Africa”, “Crash”, “Chariots of Fire”. Not really very popular films all won Best Picture. They lost to such “popular” films as “E.T.”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “The Color Purple”, “Fatal Attraction”, and “Fargo”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeffHeise Jeff Heise

    :-)

  • Jack West

    Does anyone remember Mel Brook’s “Silent Movie” back in the 70s? It was his homage to the silent film and the silence was broken at the end when one character’s line was heard.

  • Joseph Imhoff

    “Talk, talk, talk!” Norma Desmond reminded us. There are movies I can ‘watch’ in another room because they are all talk. “We had faces!” Some of the most effective scenes in talkies are when there is no dialogue, it’s just a nuance of body language, gesture, or facial expression. As for B&W, it brings out the seedy side of things, color makes it look pretty. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff’ was on the other night, the dump (that WB epic Beyond the Forest) would have looked like a garish MGM musical set in color!

  • Michael

    The Empire Strikes Back / Darth Vader theme is the theme from Gunga Din played inversely.

    The Artist is a very good feature film. Jean Dujardin was excellent.

    Otherwise my choice is Hugo.

    My nit picky complaint about The Artist, is that some scenes needed the music to emphasize “more language,” to connect picture and soundtrack.
    I’m spoiled by very talented artists that play for silent films at cinefile societies, as well as soundtracks on Kino video.

    Scorsese’s masterpiece and effort should be recognized with the same longevity that is bestowed on The Wizard of Oz.

  • Michael

    By the way,
    Why does the image for The Artist at the top of this page,
    look similar to The Godfather?

    The serif’s on the font style appear similar.

  • Jimsr2a

    Just a comment. Mel Brooks made a great movie in 1976 called “Silent Movie.”

    “Artist ” is not the first movie made since the 20′s, I would guess.

  • NAT COHEN

    IMAGINE FILM NOIR IN COLOR..UGH.

  • David Kahoun

    I didn’t love The Artist. I liked it ok. It was entertaining, but I didn’t think it should have won Best Picture. It just didn’t have enough … something … and that for me just didn’t work. I can’t see it living beyond this year. I doubt it will be shown on TV for years to come. Personally I would have picked The Help, or Warhorse. Hugo was good too, but not the best. Although I loved Chicago a few years ago the same thing could be said for it being a slighter movie. However, it is played on cable all the time and I still enjoy watching it. I was just fine with Dujardin winning Best Actor and the dog was adorable.

  • Bruce

    “The Artist” would have been better with sound. The one scene where the “Artist” can hear everything make sounds, but he can’t talk was clever, and the dog stole the show, but “HUGO” should have one Best Picture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1037752767 Eric Sinkkonen

    Does anyone remember an odd film with Ray Milland called “The Thief”? (1952). I think I remember that it had sound, cars driving by, doors opening and closing, but no dialogue to tell the story. Not a great film.

  • Jim Foster

    I thoroughly enjoyed THE ARTIST and being treated to a modern day motion picture done in the style of the silents. But deserving of the best picture Oscar? Not in my opinion. My vote would have gone to HUGO, which also dealt with the silents– the EARLY silents. It captivated me enough so that I went to see it three times, coughing up the extra jack for 3-D on each occasion. Can’t wait for my pre-ordered DVD copy to arrive!

  • hiram grant

    Haven’t seen it yet, but I think we had a fairly weak field this year. But think of how many “great” movies haven’t won (Grapes of Wrath, Citizen Kane, African Queen, Bonnie and Clyde, unnominated 2001) or even Chariots of Fire beating Reds, and you have to question the whole shebang. I’ve seen about 30-35 movies from 2011 so far, including a majority of the nominees, and I have to say that Bridesmaids and the Apes Planet restart have been much the best, and neither of them made the Top Nine, either.

  • john craig

    Vastly over-rated film….subject better covered by “Singing in the Rain” and more fun.
    “Drive” was a better film…..”The Deep Blue Sea” a better film

  • RCL

    nice movie, interesting approach, but really boring. Hugo should have won. Interestingly, Warhorse wasn’t the best picture, but it’s the only one I’ll buy to keep.

  • Janice

    I went to see it reluctantly, loved it, and applauded the win. The silent treatment made me focus more on subtle facial expressions and lovely visuals like the simple twirl of a skirt. A refreshing change from bad language, excessive action, and crude humor.

  • T-man

    Guess I’m too used to “talkies”. Couldn’t really get into it. Maybe my expectations were too high because of all the hype. Put me to sleep in the beginning. Enjoyed the last dance number tho.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001600960135 Roger Lynn

    I think it is a sad state for the Oscars,A silent movie,,We walked out thank God we got free passes to another film…Harvey Weinstein and his money have robbed of us of the Oscars..this is one of the worst pictures to be nominated as Best Picture must less win…and Dujerkadon as Best Actor over Gary Oldman,,,Please!!!!!I have lost a lot of respect for the Oscars…Thank God Billy Crystal brought some joy back…….

  • cra

    I loved this film and saw it twice. I saw about 5 of the nominated films and all deserved their nominations but I believe The Artist will become a classic.

  • Duke1029

    How this could have been nominated for Best cinematography is a joke! Lighting B/W films is one of the most difficult things a DP can do. It’s very difficult and requires significantly more time and artistry than color. THE ARTIST was simply shot in color and changed to b/w with the fick of a switch. What an insult to artists like Gregg Toland, Lee Garmes, Harry Stradling, John Alton, James Wong Howe, Arthur Edeson, and Stanley Cortez, THE ARTIST was a novelty and scarcely deserved a nomination, much less the Best Picture Oscar.

  • Mike

    Sheer Delight!! The Artist deserved every Award it received. What a gamble in today’s Hollywood. The story line made you root for both characters and Yes the dog was a main part of the story. I loved this movie from start to finish. Bravo!

  • Stephen

    One of the most boring films I have seen in many years. Tired old subject matter. Certainly not original.

  • phil

    Did this movie win because it was “delightful”, or because it was supposed to be innovative and original in this day and age?
    If it was because it was delightful..it shouldn’t have won, then, IMO. Lots of animated films are delightful, and I just think a film has to transcend “delightfulness” to win best picture.
    If it was because it was “brave” and all the rest, what must Mel Brooks think, who did it 30 years ago?
    Oh and Abe Vigoda is dead, is he not?

  • GT

    I was disappointed again with the academy. The academy is clubby and suspect. They seem to like weird movies like Silence of the Lambs and Brokeback Mountain or to award their insiders. Mer5yl, best actress of 20 years finally was recognized. . Three movies of this years nomineess were paying homage to the past in movies aka Artist, Hugo and Midnight.Cloony was just Clooney in California, albeit gorgeous and Cary Grantish which is his stick.. In my mind only the Help was the best picture of the year and deserves to be immortalized.

  • Jack Nemo

    Sorry folks, but “The Artist” will no more inspire people to revisit silent films than The Blues Brothers encouraged people to buy out the blues section at Sam Goody’s.
    An interesting diversion, but given enough time, most people will realize how utterly overrated it was.

  • Roger Phillips

    On February 29th I saw “The Artist”–I am starting the practice to watch a silent movie every February 29th. I loved the movie and found it a refreshing return to old days. Truly it was “almost” a silent movie since there were a few sounds and some speaking at the end. It was more of a drama than the comedy as advertised. Refreshing to attend a movie with not a single profanity, no fornication/no adultery, and no violence. Yes, there can still be something called a story without any of such. The actor was good and must have been the first performer since Jane Wyman who won for “Johnny Belinda” and never spoke a word as a deaf/mute woman. I will buy “The Artist” and now want to buy “Wings”.

  • May

    I agree that George Clooney should have won for his superb performance in the brilliant film ‘The Descendants’ which should have won best picture.
    The best win of the night was Christopher Plummer who should have won one before – he has had many excellent performances in some really great films. It’s a shame they cannot tie for an award and both receive one – Max Von Sydow also deserved a win for his outstanding performance in ‘Hugo’.

  • Laura

    I just saw The Artist last night and couldn’t believe how bad it was. Not because it was silent – I’m fine with that. Not because it was in black and white – the cinematography was actually the best thing about it. No, it was the plot and the (written) dialogue. It could have been written by a twelve year old! Simplistic and boring. I was rolling my eyes a lot more than I was laughing. Other people in the theater seemed to like it but I could not for the life of me understand why. I only stayed because I was waiting for the good part where it justified winning all the awards. It didn’t happen. I’m glad I didn’t see it before those award shows – I would have been so mad. Ugh! Worst Academy Award winner since Benjamin Button!

  • Mean Critic

    A novelty, but to me at least, it was instantly forgetable. A best actor award for Desjardins? He should give it to George Clooney.