The film is a French romance film directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.
The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on a declining male film star and a rising actress, as silent cinema grows out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies.
Much of the film itself is silent; it is shot in black-and-white, and has received wide praise from critics and many accolades. Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. The film has six Golden Globe nominations, the most of 2011.
However, that’s not the point, and I am not going to write about “The Artist” here. The real artist seems to be Uggie – a 9 year old dog from California, that is also in the film. Since “The Artist” premiered at Cannes, he’s been mooted as a contender for best supporting actor.
A lot of talks online, a lot of critics and usual viewers actually want and demand more fame for Uggie (hell, its a silent movie, why not give an Oscar to a dog?). Uggie even has his own Facebook page, called Consider Uggie. In the film, Uggie plays the best friend of a matinee idol in 1920s Hollywood.
Likely, Uggie won’t get an Oscar (as much as I’d love to see that, it won’t happen for a number of reasons, the biggest of which is that a lot of people would simply laugh at the Academy, and they can’t let that happen), however I would like to join those who believe Uggie deserves a little big more than just some people writing about him online.
I haven’t seen the film (just might though), but sometimes a picture says enough “to make sure”. Uggie’s picture on the left here is just that.
Sadly, “The Artist” is likely to be Uggie’s 15 minutes of fame. His owner told The Hollywood Reporter: “He’s almost 10. I don’t think there are a lot of big movies in his future.”
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