December 11, 2016

Oscars: “The Artist” continues awards momentum with live Q&A – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Usually, there are crowd-pleasing films, and then there are Oscar-bait films.

“The Artist” happens to be both.

Michel Hazanavicius’ silent ode to Hollywood’s Golden Age marched through the film festival circuit, collecting Audience Awards left and right. The momentum carried it through November and December, making it (in certain circles) the frontrunner for the Best Picture race. I know. We haven’t even seen nominations hit yet. But “The Artist” will be there, and it just might be the one to beat.


Tonight (Jan. 6), The Weinstein Company plans to host a special screening of the film that will feature a live Q&A session with Hazanavicius, stars Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle and producer Thomas Langmann. The event will take place at the Wadsworth Theatre at 8 p.m. PST. The Q&A will begin at approximately 9:40pm PST.

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The Q&A will be moderated by KCRW’s Matt Holzman. When the film is over, the Q&A will be streamed online at www.theartistmovie.net and www.facebook.com/theartist.twc, allowing film fans across the country to submit questions and participate in a discussion with the cast and crew on the making of the film.

We have been riding the “Artist” bandwagon for months. It was one of my favorite films screened in Toronto, and I pick up new things to appreciate every time I screen the film. Back in October, we honored Hazanavicius, Dujardin and Bejo at our Hollywood Film Awards. We continue to beat the drum in support of this charming picture.

Here is the embed for tonight’s Q&A, so tune in this evening and find out about the magic that went into “The Artist,” one of the year’s most delightful films.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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