Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: Michel Hazanavicius talks what 'The Artist' is really about -- VIDEO

Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on-screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

Wordless as it may be, we still have plenty to say about this year’s breakout (mostly) silent film, The Artist. In the video below, Michel Hazanavicius, the director of 10-time nominated film, talks about what stood out about Jean Dujardin as the titular character, what The Artist is really about, and how he first fell in love with silent films growing up in Paris.

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EW Special Coverage: Oscars 2012
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