In today’s cinema, we’ve grown accustomed to seamless CGI, jaw-dropping stunts and Dolby sound with ear-splitting effects and movie scores that tell us when to laugh and cry. The Artist takes a visionary step backward to the days of silent, black and white films. It tells the tale of George Valentin, a middle-aged silent film star who fears the demise of his career as “talkies” emerge and gain popularity. Intertwined in the story is Peppy Miller, a youthful newcomer whose star is on the rise.’
The comedy has dared to tread where few films have in the last 90+ years. Silent films, by and large have gone the way of the LP, the 8-track and the laser disc. For the most part, the advancement in film have been positive and audiences have approved. So taking a giant step backward was a major risk for filmmakers. A risk, that it would seem, has paid off.
The Artist, nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, has already won numerous awards and accolades. It has taken home the Best Picture award from both the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes. Now it has also won the Producers Guild Award for Best Produced Picture. This is significant because for the last four years running, the winner of this award has also won the Best Picture award at the Oscars. Watch for this one to score big come February 26th.