The Artist, which is directed by Michel Hazanavicius, is a romantic comedy drama film. The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress, as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies.
In the film The Artist, Jean Dujardin has played a silent film star named George Valentin, who struggles with his place in a world of talkies, while Berenice Bejo appears as young actress. The French comedian was not a major star before this awards season. But his role in The Artist has got him widespread acclaim.
So far, the role has won Dujardin the Best Actor at the Golden Globe Award, the BAFTA Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Cannes Film Festival. The Oscars is the another big recognition that is coming the way of Jean Dujardin, who was nominated for Best Actor along with George Clooney (The Descendants), Demián Bichir (A Better Life), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Brad Pitt (Moneyball).