The Not-So-Silent Entry
How "The Artist" is angling to become the first non-talkie to win the best picture prize in 83 years.
The movie speaks for itself." As awards season gets under way, that's one of the standard lines consultants throw around as they try to downplay their roles in shaping the conversation. But there is one movie this year, Michel Hazanavicius' silent feature The Artist, that can't speak for itself -- at least not literally. And while the Weinstein Co. has big awards hopes for the dialogue-free film, it faces steep statistical odds as only one silent movie, 1927's Wings, has won the Oscar for best picture. But then, maybe the fact that Artist is set in 1927 is a good omen.
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