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Berenice Bejo pays tribute to Michel Hazanavicius on red carpet: 'When my feet hurt, I always have someone to carry my shoes or my purse'

Best Director winner Michel Hazanavicius might have had some kind words to say to wife and The Artist star Bérénice Bejo after his film won the Best Picture statue, but the actress gave a heartfelt tribute to her husband even before the ceremony began while walking the red carpet. “I am very proud of him,” the Best Supporting Actress nominee told EW. “There is no word. He made a very special movie and he took us all along with him so I am so happy.”

Bejo continued, telling EW that it’s a dream to work with — and be nominated alongside — her husband, who she met in 2006 while filming OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. “I wake up with him and go home at night with him and we could have long talks about the film,” she said. “When you are happy and sad or angry, there is your best friend with you. He’s a good boss. And when my feet hurt, I always have someone to carry my shoes or my purse. And it is so much like a dream that it is nice to have [a] partner who is also going through it all and can tell you it is real.”

On stage later that night, Hazanavicius echoed Bejo’s sentiments about working alongside his wife on the film (making up for a Best Director speech in which he made more mention of Uggie than Bejo): “I love you but it’s not just that … you inspired the movie, and you’re the soul of the movie, and the positive feeling of the movie. Thank you for being this in the movie and in my life.” Let the warm fuzzies commence!

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(Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: What does a silent film screenplay look like? Enter: 'The Artist'


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’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage. 

What exactly does the script for a film that is almost completely sans dialogue look like? Nominated for Best Original Screenplay (as well as nine other categories), the screenplay for The Artist was written by Michel Hazanavicius and illustrates a unique approach to the typically structured scripts that make their way through the Academy each year. EW has three exclusive sample pages from the script, which make for an interesting read if you’ve ever wondered how The Artist manages to tell a story without saying a word. (Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!)


'The Artist' wins big at the Directors Guild Awards

The Directors Guild of America announced its annual awards tonight at a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius took home the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film. Fellow nominees Martin Scorsese (Hugo) and Alexander Payne (The Descendants) also spoke at the event while accepting their nomination medallions. As is his custom for awards events, nominee Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) was not present; nominee David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) had to fly to the premiere of his film in Tokyo, Japan, although he did attend the nominee breakfast Saturday morning.

Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the evening also feted directors for feature documentaries, and TV dramas, comedies, reality shows, made-for-TV movies and miniseries, soap operas, children’s programming, and commercials.

Since 1948, the DGA Award winner for feature film has gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director every year save for six exceptions, most recently when Rob Marshall took home the DGA Award for Chicago in 2002, while Roman Polanski won the Oscar for The Pianist.

Check out the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY

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