Will The Artist win Best Picture on Oscar Sunday? The film has a total of 10 nominations, including Best Actor Jean Dujardin (L) and Best Supporting Actress Berenice Bejo (R). (PHOTO: The Weinstein Company).
The Artist has had quite a journey to the film industry's most respected achievement: the Oscars.
All season long, we've watched the little French silent black-and-white film win award after award, as Uggie the dog's fan base grew by the day. The Artist stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo went on to tour the late night circuit, promoting the film, dancing and of course, speaking in thick French accents.
An overwhelming number of positive reviews propelled the film to a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as The Artist ended the year on a number of Best Films lists.
And let's not forget about all those awards. Let's focus on the numbers for a second:
7 BAFTAs 3 Golden Globes 3 Critics' Choice Awards 2 Cannes 2 New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1 AFI Award (for being one of the 10 best films of 2011) 1 Golden Collar Award (for Uggie the pup)
Turns out, the film is not so little anymore.
On Sunday, The Artist will compete for Oscar in 10 different categories, including Best Picture, Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, Best Actor Jean Dujardin, Best Supporting Actress Berenice Bejo and Best Original Score. The film is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing.
In its limited release since the fall, the film has grossed more than $72 million at the box office worldwide. It's not a number worth going crazy over, but it's still impressive considering some viewers demanded a refund after realizing that The Artist was indeed, a silent film.
As recent history tells us, winners at the Golden Globes have little effect on the winners at the Oscars, especially when it comes to Best Picture.
If this year is different, the last award of the night will come down to a showdown between The Artist and The Descendants, winners in the Best Picture Musical or Comedy and Best Picture Drama categories at the Golden Globes, respectively.
The Artist could also lose to Hugo, which has the most Oscar nominations this year. The Help has also been a strong contender all season long, with victories at BAFTAs, Critics Choice, National Board or Review and Screen Actors Guild. Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis have also been adorned with multiple awards for their powerful roles in the film.
The other nominated films, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse will most likely take a backseat to The Artist and its three major competitors.
With or without that Best Picture win, it's safe to say that The Artist has had an incredible journey and gave us a good excuse to enjoy the movies again -- without making a whole lot of noise.
Do you think The Artist will win Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday? The 84th Academy Awards airs at 7 p.m. EST, live from the theater formerly known as the Kodak.
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