I’m pretty sure, back during Cannes last year, or whenever it was when people started talking about some French, silent, black-and-white movie about the glory days of silent, black-and-white movies, I’m not the only one who put The Artist near the bottom of my list of movies I should probably check out because they’re good for me, somewhere between the Republican presidential debates and those Michael Pollan books I bought that one time. And now, here we all are, counting it as one of the few nominated movies that’s actually fun to watch, without being all maudlin and important. And some of us have kind of been wishing more of next year’s movies would take a hint: Be entertaining! Let lesser-known actors have a chance! And oh, use more dogs! Above, you’ll find the amazing work of our Best Week Ever colleagues, who watched thousands (maybe) of hours of dog movies to find the performances that match up to Uggie’s brilliance and deserve our first ever WAG Awards. Grab a tissue or 100 for that In Memoriam section.
And below, our friends at NextMovie took their Artist-ic inspiration in another direction, re-imagining all the other Best Picture nominees as black-and-white, silent films with that really silly old-timey music. George Clooney’s Descendants running scene never looked so funny.
Awards season has long been the perfect time for the movie industry’s fresh faces to gain exposure at movie premieres, on red carpets and in a barrage of print and TV interviews. Often, it’s when we first become aware of young actresses, like Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence last year. This year, it’s not just teenagers catching our eye; a few ladies who’ve been around for decades are finally getting their due as well. All week long, we at TheFablife are saluting these women and looking forward to what they’ll bring us after the last statuettes are handed out on Sunday.
Who: Berenice Bejo
What she did before 2011: Born in Argentina and raised in France, Berenice started her acting career appearing in French television movies and series as well as films on the big screen. She made her American film debut in A Knight’s Tale (2001) and in 2006 met her husband, Artist director Michel Hazanavicius when she co-starred in his French spy parody OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (also starring The Artist’s Jean Dujardin).
Why we’re paying attention now: In 2011, Berenice starred in The Artist, which is not only a favorite with critics, but also a super entertaining movie, despite apparent strikes against its mass appeal — namely being silent, black-and-white and from France. While in London promoting the movie, Berenice revealed that she didn’t have to audition for the role of Peppy Miller because she inspired the character. And from what we’ve seen of her in interviews and on red carpets, she does seem very like the generous, optimistic young actress she plays in the movie. After picking up trophies left and right (from the Golden Globes to the Golden Collar), Berenice, Jean, Michel and the film itself are all nominated for Oscars.
What’s next? Berenice is starring in the upcoming French film Populaire set to release later this year.
After The Artist won seven of the top prizes at Sunday’s BAFTAs, we were pretty much ready to put all our money on the black-and-white silent French film to take home Oscar gold at the end of the month. But last night’s victory for the movie made our decision final: Uggie won the first ever Golden Collar Award for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film. Well, duh. We’re pretty sure that Dog News Daily came up with the idea for the awards show (held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California) when the 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier got onstage at the Golden Globes and stole the show.
Anyway, if the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the BAFTAs are well-known predictors for Oscar glory, then this new ceremony is surely nipping at their heels. And that apparently has Hugo director Martin Scorsese worried. He (jokingly, we think) launched a successful campaign to get his movie’s Doberman pincher Blackie a last-minute nomination.
The fact that the British Film and Television Awards took place on the same day as the Grammys probably only annoys folks like us, who would really like to be giving both events our full attention. And so it goes that we basically ignored the U.K.’s Oscars, missing adorable speeches from The Artist’s Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius (whose Best Actor and Best Director wins were two of seven awards for the film), and not catching that cute moment in which Best Actress winner Meryl Streep lost her shoe climbing the stairs to the stage and Colin Firth ran to get it for her and place it on her feet. Until now, of course. On the red carpet, there were a handful of A-listers, a few Mad Men and Downton Abbey faves, and a lot of Brits that haven’t fully crossed over to the states yet. To our slight disappointment, there weren’t too many total fashion fails, but we managed to find a few (Oh, Christina Hendricks, why must you do that to your body?). Mostly, though, we saw some sexy strutting from the likes of Viola Davis, Christina Ricci and Brad Pitt. See for yourself who was hot, and who was just a hot mess, in the gallery below.
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The Artist is again up for three big prizes at this weekend’s SAG Awards (it should be four, but Uggie continues to be snubbed). TheFABlife, meanwhile, is up against our Best Week Ever siblings for the Most Artist-Loving Blog Award. That we just made up. They had the edge with this silly Jean Dujardin video. But now we are going to pull ahead, we think, because of the blooper reel video below (courtesy of Allocine.fr), which just made us giggle uncontrollably at our desk. It’s got everything: dog bloopers, crack-ups, Berenice Bejo’s terrible tennis playing AND some absolutely adorable dance gaffes. Watch at your own risk.
Related: The Artist Earns 12 BAFTA Nods — Here Are The Real 5 Reasons To See It
Our Favorite Golden Globes Moments: The Artist’s Dog, Penis Jokes And More
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The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning, and Hugo surprised everyone, taking the lead with 11 nods. The Artist was close behind, with 10 nominations. Leonardo DiCaprio’s J. Edgar and Ryan Gosling’s Drive were shut out of any major awards, but Supporting nods for Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy and Moneyball’s Jonah Hill should please a lot of folks. On our homework list: A Better Life (star Demian Bichir is up for Best Actor), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (ditto for Gary Oldman) and Animated Feature nominee A Cat in Paris, just for its awesome name. Stay tuned for plenty of analysis, photos and more on the Oscars, as we update throughout the day! Scroll down for the complete list.
So, The Artist, a movie with by a French director, with French stars, that takes place in Hollywood, is so completely dominating awards season that it’s earned 12 nods for the British kudosfest the BAFTAs. It’s already won three Golden Globes and four Critics’ Choice awards. And it’s nominated for all the other big pre-Oscar awards: NBR, PGA, DGA, SAG and Independent Spirit. But we worry that all this lofty buzz (not to mention the attention it garnered during Cannes) is actually doing the opposite of drawing certain people to the theaters. A critically acclaimed, bound-to-be-Oscar-nominated black-and-white silent movie by a foreign dude? “No thanks,” some of you are saying. But I am here to say you are wrong. Here’s why you should see it:
1. Uggie as “The Dog.” If you saw the Jack Russell terrier hamming it up onstage at the Globes, you got a tiny taste of his scene-stealing antics. Also, Robert Pattinson fans should recognized this talented pooch as Queenie from Water for Elephants. He’s not just a pretty face, either — his heroic feats rival Lassie’s in the pic, and he may have made us cry once or twice. There’s even a campaign for him to get an Oscar.
We actually had a scorecard ready to mark how many offensive things Ricky Gervais said at tonight’s Golden Globes, but it seems that he decided to leave the raunch and insults to others. Most of it, at least. Anyway, here are our favorite silly, cute, funny and moving moments from the 69th annual awards show, in semi-chronological order:
» Ricky Gervais said he wasn’t allowed to joke about Mel Gibson, or Jodie Foster’s Beaver. “I haven’t seen it myself; that doesn’t mean it’s not any good.”
» Ricky continued his amusing relationship with Johnny Depp by asking him onstage: “Have you seen The Tourist?” To which Depp answered, “No.”
» Julianne Moore and Rob Lowe very gracefully overcame a TelePrompTer fail. And Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern tripped UP the stairs. And during one cutaway, we saw Dame Helen Mirren chewing. Thus proving stars’ humanness once again.
» While standing next to Kate Beckinsale, Seth Rogen said, “Hello, I’m Seth Rogen, and I’m currently trying to hide a massive erection. ” And then the camera cut away to a show of Jodie Foster’s kids, for some reason.
» Speaking of kids, daughters seemed to be a big theme of the night. Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy winner Michelle Williams thanked her daughter, Matilda, for putting up with having months of bedtime stories in which “all the princesses were read aloud in a Marilyn Monroe voice.” Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series or Miniseries winner Peter Dinklage thanked his daughter who was home with her first babysitter. Best Director winner Martin Scorsese thanked his daughter, Francesca, for introducing him to the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, on which Hugo is based.
» George Clooney borrowed Brad Pitt’s cane to introduce Moneyball.
As we’ve said before, last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards was the opening act to one of our favorite times of year,
ski awards season. And on the red carpet, it was easy to spot who was new to this whole deal and who’s been strolling down carpets for decades.
“My whole body’s shaking right now,” The Help’s Jessica Chastain admitted to us on the red carpet. George Clooney, meanwhile, told us, “I never get truly nervous, but I’m always happy to be here.”
It was a big night for The Artist, which won Best Director and Best Picture, and The Help, which nabbed three acting prizes. Viola Davis moved everyone to tears with her speech, in which said portraying women like her character in the film was basically why she was born. Even the stars who were ostensibly competing against the Help cast were pulling for wins by Davis and company.
For some people, an awards show is all about who wins and who’s snubbed. For those people, we have this list. For others, however, it’s about all of those other moments in-between — the awkward speeches, the hilarious skits, the cutaways to the tipsy A-listers sitting at tables full of empties. Here’s a list of our favorites from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (in chronological order):
» Octavia Spencer began her Best Supporting Actress speech with a flustered, “Well I’m not prepared, I wasn’t a Girl Scout.” But then she pulled it together and quite elegantly thanked a whole lot of people.
» Christopher Plummer in his pink shirt, said he was “completely turned on” by his Supporting Actor win. “At my age, I need all the help I can get in that department.”