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Silence is Golden Globes for ‘The Artist’

Posted at 4:30 pm, January 16, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

The ArtistIf anyone had suggested a year ago that the frontrunner for the 2012 Oscars would be a silent, black-and-white French film starring a cheeky dog, they’d have been laughed out of Hollywood. But following Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, there can be no doubt that ‘The Artist’ is the film to beat. Michel Hazanavicius’s nostalgic charmer took Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actor in the same category for Jean Dujardin, and Best Score. The night’s other big winner was Alexander Payne’s ‘The Descendants’, which won the main prize for drama despite being, like all the director’s films, on the verge of black comedy. Other notable winners include Meryl Streep for ‘The Iron Lady’, Michelle Williams for ‘My Week With Marilyn’, a surprise Best Director prize for Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ and a deserved win in the Foreign Language category for the amazing ‘A Separation’. The Globes aren’t always a predictor of the Oscars – indeed, success here can spark a backlash and ruin a film’s chances – but given the amount of love ‘The Artist’ has been getting, it seems a safe bet come the Academy Awards on February 26. Tom Huddleston

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