And the Oscar goes to… Best Film

This year’s Best Picture category is a shoo-in masquerading as a competition.

The two clear frontrunners of the nine films nominated are “The Artist,” the black and white silent film about the introduction of films with sound to Hollywood in the 1920s, and “The Descendants,” the family drama starring George Clooney as a struggling father in his best performance to date.

While Alexander Payne’s powerful work behind the lens of “The Descendants” might win him the Best Director statuette, “The Artist” is the obvious winner in this category. The film’s heartwarming combination of humor, nostalgia, music and stellar performances by leads Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo (both nominated in acting categories) stay with audiences even after they leave the theater.

It is great to see the Academy nominate films such as “The Help,” “War Horse” and “Hugo” – family films that appeal to broad audiences. These films won’t win, but they deserve the nomination a bit more than mediocre films like “Moneyball” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

Voters will likely see “The Artist” as a once in a lifetime film that deserves the win. After all, there will always be another George Clooney drama like “The Descendants,” but how often can Hollywood make a black and white silent film these days?

Erin Bell can be reached at

Author: Staff Writer

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