“The Artist,” which is up for 10 Academy Awards and has won just about every other award in sight along with the hearts of the film community here, is the only film among the nine Best Picture Oscar nominees that was actually made in Hollywood. Yes, if a French filmmaker, director Michael Hazanavicius, had not felt passionately that he had to make his film about Hollywood IN Hollywood, there wouldn’t have been a single movie made exclusively in Movietown among the nominees.
Hazanavicius also made sure that moviegoers see Hollywood faces on the screen. Sixty-six of the 68 actors in the film were Hollywood actors (67 out of 69 if you count Uggi, America’s new canine heart-throb).
The film could have been shot in Paris, but the director — who took home honors from the Directors Guild of America over the weekend — wanted it to be done on the streets and in the sound stages that were around over 80 years ago when movies were making the change from silent flicks to talkies.
You’d better believe that many in this town, home to the greatest reservoir of film-acting talent and craft talent and site of the world’s best movie-making facilities, are hoping that the spectacular success of “The Artist” serves as a reminder that it can be done best here.