Silent film “The Artist” has won six Cesar awards in France, including best picture, best actress and best director.
The black-and-white movie about Hollywood’s golden age triumphed at home Friday, winning also awards for the soundtrack, set design and cinematography. The victory came just two days before the U.S. Academy Awards night as the movie is also competing for the top award.
Actress Berenice Bejo and her husband director Michel Hazanavicius took top honors at the Cesar awards in Paris, but best-actor award went to Omar Sy, star of the blockbuster feel-good movie “Intouchables” (Untouchable). “The Artist” male star Jean Dujardin, who won the category in Cannes, at the Golden Globes, and at Britain’s Bafta Awards, is among the best-actor nominees at the Oscars.
Talking to reporters earlier this week Hazanavicius said he will probably cast Bejo again in his next movie.
“A muse? I don’t know. It’s a very grand name, but I think she (Berenice Bejo) will be in the next one. I don’t know. It depends. When I go in a movie, I know I’m going to live with it for two years or three years and after that it will be with me for the rest of my life. So I don’t want to make a movie for bad reasons. I really have to be convinced myself. And yes, she will be in the next one, I guess because I think it is the right decision. If she is in the next one again, I will be very happy because she is so easy to work with and to live with. So, it is really a privilege to share everything, all of this with her.”
But the director said he has not yet decided what his next project will be.
“The Artist” is nominated for 10 Oscars — best picture, director, actor for Jean Dujardin, supporting actress for Berenice Bejo, art direction, cinematography, costume design, film editing, original score and original screenplay.