Jean Dujardin, Best Actor SAG Award winner for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, speaks onstage during the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards ceremony was broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.)
Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney for Alexander Payne's family drama The Descendants. Clooney was considered the favorite for both the SAG Awards and the Best Actor Oscar. The picture has since gotten fuzzier as far as the Academy Awards are concerned. Dujardin's fellow SAG Award competitors were Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Leonardo DiCaprio for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar.
Among Dujardin's other movie credits are two with Michel Hazanavicius: OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio. Additionally, Dujardin starred or was featured in 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 recent A View of Love, with Marie-Josée Croze and Toni Servillo. Dujardin's upcoming movies include The Players, and (reportedly) Möbius and A Stormy Summer Night.
Besides Dujardin, The Artist features Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, James Cromwell, Malcolm McDowell, and Uggie the dog. The film's cast lost to that of Tate Taylor's The Help (Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mary Steenburgen). Now, the Big Question: Will Jean Dujardin be the next Bond villain?
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt (back)
A smiling Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt applaud someone at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards. (On the far right, Jonah Hill doesn't look all that excited.) The SAG Awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 29 in Los Angeles. Pitt was a Best Actor contender for Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball, featuring Jonah Hill and Robin Wright. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage.)
Brad Pitt's SAG Award competition consisted of Jean Dujardin for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, and Leonardo DiCaprio for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. The winner was Dujardin, who also took home the Best Actor BAFTA and the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical.
Angelina Jolie wasn't in the running for anything at the SAG Awards, though her Bosnian War drama In the Land of Blood and Honey received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and the Producers Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award. Jolie's upcoming projects include Robert Stromberg's Maleficent (for a possible 2013 release), in addition to the following possibilities: Cleopatra), Salt 2, Gertrude Bell, and Churchill and Roosevelt.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arriving at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The SAG Awards show was broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29 in Los Angeles, California. The picture above provides an unusual view of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, as you get to see them from behind. Jolie's low-cut dress allows a glimpse at the huge tattoo on her back. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/WireImage.)
Brad Pitt was a Best Actor SAG Award nominee for his performance in Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball, opposite Jonah Hill and Robin Wright. His competitors were George Clooney for Alexander Payne's family drama The Descendants, Jean Dujardin as a fading silent film star in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, Demián Bichir as an undocumented Mexican immigrant living in Los Angeles in Chris Weitz's A Better Life, and Leonardo DiCaprio as the all-powerful FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's box office disappointment J. Edgar. Dujardin was the evening's winner.
Pitt, Bichir, Clooney, and Dujardin are also in the running for the Best Actor Oscar. DiCaprio missed out on this year's Oscar nominations: the fifth slot went to Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Angelina Jolie, for her part, wasn't in the running for anything at the SAG Awards, though a couple of weeks earlier she did get a Golden Globe nomination (in the Best Foreign Language Film category) for her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, set during the Bosnian War. Though with dialogue in Serbo-Croatian, In the Land of Blood and Honey was ineligible for the Oscars, as it's basically an American production. The United States can't submit films in that category.