Best Actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin
Best Actor Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin did his OSS 117 act backstage at the 84th Academy Awards last Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Dujardin won the Oscar for his portrayal of a fast-fading silent film star in Michel Hazanavicius' Best Picture winner The Artist. Dujardin's two OSS films, OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio, were both directed by Hazanavicius, who also helmed one segment of Dujardin's latest movie, Les Infidèles / The Players. (Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.)
Dujardin's Best Actor competition consisted of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A first-time Oscar nominee, Dujardin became the first Frenchman to take home an Oscar in the acting categories. (French-born actresses had better luck at the Academy Awards: Claudette Colbert, Simone Signoret, Marion Cotillard, Juliette Binoche.) Prior to the Oscar, Dujardin had already won three other major Best Actor awards: the BAFTA, the SAG Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical.
Among Dujardin's other movie credits are Ca$h, Brice de Nice / The Brice Man, Lucky Luke and the Daltons, Welcome to the Roses, The Clink of Ice, Little White Lies, and Nicole Garcia's A View of Love, featuring Marie-Josée Croze and Toni Servillo. Among Dujardin's upcoming movies are (purportedly) Eric Rochant's Möbius (possibly co-starring Cécile De France) and Fabrice Camoin's A Stormy Summer Night (possibly also featuring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil).
In addition to Dujardin, The Artist's two-legged cast includes Hazanavicius' off-screen companion and OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies leading lady Bérénice Bejo, Barton Fink's John Goodman, Chaplin / The Freshman's Penelope Ann Miller, Miss Nobody's Missi Pyle, A Clockwork Orange/Caligula's Malcolm McDowell, and Babe's 1995 Oscar nominee James Cromwell, who is the son of director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson, both of whom were working in Hollywood at the dawn of the sound era. The Artist's four-legged star is Golden Collar Award winner Uggie.