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Jean Dujardin: Golden Globes' Second French Best Actor - Comedy/Musical Winner

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Best Actor Golden Globe winner Jean Dujardin

French actor Jean Dujardin won the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for his performance as a fading silent film star in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. In the above photo, Dujardin – who also took home the Best Actor Award for The Artist at last year's Cannes Film Festival – poses backstage in the press room at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Dujardin's French predecessor at the Golden Globes was Gérard Depardieu, who won in the same category back in early 1991 for Peter Weir's romantic comedy Green Card. The Artist leading man, however, is the very first performer to receive a Golden Globe for a role in a(n almost totally) silent movie.

The Artist is an amalgamation of elements from George Cukor's What Price Hollywood? (1932), in which Constance Bennett plays a rising star and Lowell Sherman a troubled producer, and the first two A Star Is Born movies; the first one (1937) directed by William A. Wellman, and starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March; the second one (1954) directed by Cukor, and starring Judy Garland and James Mason.

All three movies, in turn, were inspired – at least in part – by real-life stories of performers from the 1920s and 1930s such as Colleen Moore, John Gilbert, Ina Claire, Greta Garbo, John Bowers, James Murray, John Barrymore, and others.

Additionally, The Artist was also inspired by Stanley Donen's Singin' in the Rain (1952), starring Gene Kelly as a silent film star, Jean Hagen as his squeaky-voiced leading lady, and Debbie Reynolds as his melodious-voiced off-screen romantic interest.

Jean Dujardin movies

Jean Dujardin has been featured in about two dozen films since 2001. Titles include:

  • Welcome to the Roses / Bienvenue chez les Rozes (2003).
    Dir.: Francis Palluau.
    Cast: Lorànt Deutsch. Jean Dujardin. Clémence Poésy. André Wilms. Dominique Pinon. Michel Derville. Carole Bouquet. Yolande Moreau. Michel Duchaussoy. Beatrice Rosen (as Béatrice Rosenblatt).
  • Lucky Luke and the Daltons / Les Dalton (2004).
    Dir.: Philippe Haïm.
    Cast: Til Schweiger. Ramzy Bedia. Eric Judor. Javivi. Kad Merad. Jean Dujardin. Michel Miller. Voice: Jean Rochefort.
  • The Brice Man / Brice de Nice (2005).
    Dir.: James Huth.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Élodie Bouchez. Clovis Cornillac. Bruno Salomone. Alexandra Lamy. François Chattot.
  • OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies / OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions (2006).
    Dir.: Michel Hazanavicius.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Bérénice Bejo. François Damiens. Richard Sammel. Aure Atika. Reem Kherici.
  • OSS 117: Lost in Rio / OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (2007).
    Dir.: Michel Hazanavicius.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Louise Monot. Rüdiger Vogler. Laurent Capelluto. Serge Hazanavicius. Ludovic Bource. Alvaro Correia.
  • Ca$h (2008).
    Dir.: Éric Besnard.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Jean Reno. Valeria Golino. Alice Taglioni. François Berléand. Caroline Proust. Samir Guesmi. Cyril Couton. Eriq Ebouaney. Ciarán Hinds. Jocelyn Quivrin. Clovis Cornillac.
  • The Clink of Ice / Le bruit des glaçons (2010).
    Dir.: Bertrand Blier.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Albert Dupontel. Anne Alvaro. Christa Théret. Myriam Boyer. Audrey Dana.
  • Little White Lies / Les petits mouchoirs (2010).
    Dir.: Guillaume Canet.
    Cast: Marion Cotillard. François Cluzet. Benoît Magimel. Jean Dujardin. Gilles Lellouche. Laurent Lafitte. Valérie Bonneton. Pascale Arbillot. Louise Monot. Anne Marivin.
  • A View of Love / Un balcon sur la mer (2010).
    Dir.: Nicole Garcia.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Marie-Josée Croze. Toni Servillo. Sandrine Kiberlain. Michel Aumont. Pauline Bélier. Jacques Valles. Claudia Cardinale. Pierre Rochefort.
  • The Artist (2011).
    Dir.: Michel Hazanavicius.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Bérénice Bejo. Uggie. John Goodman. Penelope Ann Miller. Missi Pyle. James Cromwell. Malcolm McDowell.

Based on Jean Bruce's novel/character, the OSS 117 films are James Bond spoofs/classic movie homages starring Dujardin as the dim-witted titular spy.

OSS 117: Lost in Rio – partly an homage to both Philippe de Broca's That Man from Rio (1964) and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) – features a climactic finale atop Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue reminiscent of the Mount Rushmore climax found in Hitchcock's thriller starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies earned Dujardin a Best Actor César nomination. He lost to François Cluzet in Guillaume Canet's mystery thriller Tell No One.

Jean Dujardin's upcoming films include the episodic The Players, and (reportedly) Möbius and A Stormy Summer Night.

Golden Globes presenters

Jean Dujardin received his Best Actor Golden Globe from Natalie Portman, last year's Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama winner for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.

Among the other Golden Globes presenters at this year's ceremony were:

  • Channing Tatum (Magic Mike).
  • Helen Mirren (The Queen).
  • Julianne Moore (Crazy Stupid Love).
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code).
  • Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol).
  • Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life).
  • Salma Hayek (Frida).
  • Madonna (E.W.).
  • Debra Messing (The Women).
  • Johnny Depp (The Tourist).
  • Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In).
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes).
  • Seth Rogen (50/50).

Harvey Weinstein close-ups

Throughout the Golden Globes ceremony, The Weinstein Company's honcho Harvey Weinstein got a bigger share of close-ups than Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Elton John, Madonna, Johnny Depp, and host Ricky Gervais combined.

Here are TWC's 2012 Golden Globe wins:

  • Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for The Artist.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Meryl Streep for her portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady.
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Jean Dujardin in The Artist.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Michelle Williams for portraying Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn.
  • Best Original Score for Ludovic Bource – the target of a Kim Novak backlash – for The Artist.
  • Best Original Song for Madonna's “Masterpiece” from E.W.

Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.

 

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