5 Things You Didn't Know About Oscar Best Picture 'The Artist'

February 27, 2012 By:
5 Things You Didn't Know About Oscar Best Picture 'The Artist'

And no, one of those things isn’t how to pronounce ‘Hazanavicius’.

As predicted by many, the silent throwback ‘The Artist’ dominated last night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards. Not only did they take home the biggest honor of the night--‘Best Picture,’ they also won four more Oscars.

‘The Artist’ started garnering buzz when it debuted at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. And since then, we’ve seen it everywhere, but here are a few things you might not know about the Best Picture, ‘The Artist.’

’The Artist’ Was Originally Shot In Color: It’s hard to imagine a silent film in color, but the Oscar-winning movie was not originally shot in black and white. Costume designer Mark Bridges revealed the Best Picture was originally shot in color, in case film execs wanted to keep it that way. The movie was later converted to black and white. When asked whether he would release the color footage, producer Thomas Langmann said: “No. Sorry, but no.”

’The Artist’ Took 35 Days To Shoot: Jean Dujardin revealed “[The movie] only took 35 days to film.” But luckily, he and director Michel Hazanavicius had already built a rapport, so they plowed right through it. “It was really important to have established that relationship and know each other very well so we could gain time,” Jean said.

Jean Dujardin is a Late Bloomer: Jean started off as a comedic actor when he was 24 years-old. At that age, he started writing standup comedy sketches in bars. “[My career]…is accidental,” Jean said.

It’s The First Silent Film To Win Best Picture Since 1929: That’s eighty-three years. The last movie that won the Oscar for Best Picture was 1929’s Wings.

Director Michel Hazanavicius Wasn’t Taken Seriously: Michel had the idea for ‘The Artist’ for years, because he was such an admirer of filmmakers from the silent era. At first, no one took him seriously. But after he had financial success with his spy-films OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio, producers began to take interest.