‘The Artist’ cleans up at The Cesars: will Jean Dujardin take the Best Actor Oscar?

Here’s a few photos of Jean Dujardin strolling through Paris ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards. Naturally, he is nominated for Best Actor (for his role as silent actor George Valentin in The Artist), which is a category that still seems very much up for grabs. While George Clooney nabbed the Golden Globe in that category, Dujardin took the SAG award. Where does Brad Pitt fit into the race? Well, I hope Brad pulls a dark horse and wins (honestly, he seems overdue), but I have a feeling that Clooney will pull it off again. The Academy loves Clooney, but then again, they love Frenchmen too. So who knows?

Meanwhile, The Artist received six awards (including French film of the year and Best Musical Score) at Friday night’s Cesar Awards in Paris. This could be a sign of things to come at the Oscars, where The Artist could very well sweep most of the major categories. This little movie has won more than seventy awards worldwide, which makes it the most decorated French film in existence … all in celebration of a little silent film nostalgia. But don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed The Artist as well.

Berenice Bejo won the Cesar award for Best Acress and made off quite well in the fashion stakes as well. I did like her fun Globes look even more than this one, but Berenice has switched gears and is bringing the elegance now in a big way. She’s wearing an Azzendine Alaia haute couture gown that looked quite lovely on its own in a very simple way (even with the scalloping and ruffling of the complex fishtail skirt) and paired it with a matching coat for outside moments. It will be quite interesting to see what she wears for her Oscar debut.

Berenice also posed with Michel Hazanavicius, who won the Best Director award and also just happens to be her husband.

Unfortunately though, Jean did not win Best Actor at the Cesar awards. However, he did win all of the ladies that evening. If nothing else, I look forward to seeing his charming self on the red carpet on Sunday!

Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News

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  1. paola says:

    I hope Brad Pitt will win, he deserves it now, after so many years in the industry and after so many good movies… it feels like he’s the male version of Meryl Streep, always nominated but never won it in the last 20 years. Oh yes and i want Meryl to win too, i just love her πŸ™‚

    • demian bichir says:

      The male version of MERYL STREEP!!!WTF?

      OMG!I knew Paola was a Brangeloonie but you have to be CRAZY to go there.
      I seriously hope that it was some kind of(very)bad joke.I love sarcasm but i wouldn’t dare make that kind of comment about Brad Pot’s acting skills.

      • paola says:

        Me a Brangeloonie? Oh no no.. NO way!
        I don’t like them, i don’t like Angelina, i really don’t, but i think Brad Pitt has made a few good films, more in the early days than now but i like him as an actor. My comparison of him with Meryl Streep it is only because he was nominated many times and he never won, i can’t stand Clooney and i don’t now Dujardin so i’d like to see Pitt win for once, but i know there are better actors for the win and Gary Oldman is one of them..

      • Anne says:

        I want Pitt to win too! I mean, the Oscars is for the MOVIE STAR and who else embodies all the qualities of a true star than Brad Pitt! I feel like he deserves it. The Oscar should go to him! Hell, If the Artist guy wins, we all are just gonna forget all about him next month.

  2. Beatriz says:

    I love him!!!! I saw The Artist and loved both his acting and the movie itself! I would love to see him win, but I’m honestly not being impartial, since I didn’t see the descendants nor money ball, but I am rooting for either Jean Dujardin or Gary Oldman. I actually think that Gary Oldman seems more overdue than Pitt though.

    • taylor says:

      I agree–I’d love it if Pitt wins, but I think Gary Oldman is more overdue, so I REALLY hope that he wins. But I doubt either of them will. At this point I just hope it isn’t Clooney. I’ve never minded him (and even liked him) before this awards season, but for some reason he’s just annoyed the hell out of me the last few months. I’m so petty.

    • Maguita says:

      I’d want Jean to win, or even Beshir, just to break all those nonsensical promotions some went through.

      But I think Clooney will take it home. He worked the program too well.

      • demian bichir says:

        Maguita I want that F***ing oscar!
        Dujardn1 is a 0,he wasn’t even able to win a Ceasar in his own country LOL! This proves my point that he doesn’t deserve an Oscar.Uggie the dog has more credibility than him.

      • Claire says:

        Oh come ON ! Weinstein pushed this movie and all the crew like there was no tomorrow ! The promotion was insane.

      • Maguita says:

        LOL @Demian B. you sexy MoFo!!!

        So you are dating a Canadian, Eh?

        I haven’t watched Demian’s movie yet, so cannot compare. But Jean Dujardin gave quite the “Artistic” performance.

        Also, I kind of believe that Jean got the Oscar because he worked it just right, funny, cute, self deprecating, and not too over-coveraged. Basically, the Harvey Weinstein’s way. That guy has the road to Oscar down to a science!

        George and Brad over worked it, and Damian under worked it. He should have played the game a bit, he might have won!

        Maybe next year, DB, cheer up! Your $$ Hollywood value has skydived. So enjoy πŸ˜‰

  3. layla says:

    As long as it’s not George Clooney – I don’t care who it is.

    His part in The Descendants, as too the movie itself, is so over hyped. Ugh.

    • Anonie says:

      George Clooney played George Clooney in The Descendents, though his daughters were fabulous and the ones really deserving the nomination.

      Since Oldman seems to be too much of a long shot, I’m firmly in the Dujardin camp(after watching the OSS 117 films). Charming, funny and can act. Glad to see Bejo gaining an award. She seems to be all but forgotten in the film.

      My guess is the Acadamy loves Clooney, and will give him the award. But I hope I’m wrong.

      • Ally says:

        Right? Clooney is like Julia Roberts now — he just plays himself in an uncomfortably self-conscious way in every movie.

        I’m optimistic that Dujardin will win because, (i) he was wonderful in the movie; (ii) the American vote will get split between Pitt & Clooney; and (iii) The Artist is a love letter to Hollywood, and beautifully made, too, which will impress the non-actor Academy voters, too.

  4. Nanea says:

    ABC – anyone but Clooney.

    While I’d like for Gary to win, I think his chances aren’t great, so I hope JD gets the award.

  5. foozy says:

    although i love brad and george, i think i want jean to win it. GO JEAN!!!!

  6. Aqua says:

    My question is this.Is Jean Dujardin and The Artist really that good or did Hollywood abandon one actor(Clooney) and jumped onto the bandwagon of another because it looks like Dujardin has a better chance of winning.Hollywood seems to be fickle that way.They go where ever the wind blows.

  7. Elvynn says:

    I’m happy Omar Sy won against Jean. He was better in “Intouchables” and had always been the favori. He had already won the Golden globe’s equivalent in France. So it is not a surprise for us (french). We can live outside the Harvey’s circus.

  8. Marion says:

    Hope he doesn’t win, or else we’ll see his face and his freaking-supposed-to-be-cute-eyebrow everywhere…

  9. Charz says:

    still can’t believe Leo wasn’t nominated

    :'(

  10. Iona says:

    Jean Durjardin looks a lot like Charlie Sheen in some of these pictures. But classier/French.

  11. The Truth Fairy says:

    Un gars et une fille πŸ™‚ So glad to see he and Alexandra are still together!!

  12. theoriginallucy says:

    I really want brad to win…I don’t even think the Artist or its actors should be nominated…except in foreign film category…I do not know of one person who has seen this movie…Clooney was just Clooney, as ususal, in the descendants and I love Oldman, but I really, really, really loved Brad in Moneyball…

    • ann carter says:

      I agree completely. I thought Moneyball was BP’s Michael Clayton. He really “came of age” and delivered an amazing,understated performance. Brilliant. GO BRAD!!! πŸ˜€

  13. HadleyB says:

    These are the best pics you could find? really?
    his smile is awesome!!

    Hope Jean wins, so sick of Brad and George.. where are good men actors these days that are not over 60 and under 25?? where??

  14. lisa says:

    My heart is for Brad..

    but this has been an amazing year for him, and I suspect the coming years will be the same. So win or not Brad’s future is bright.

    I don’t feel passionate about many of the performers. I guess I’m all about longevity. Where the career begins and how it progress.

    **********

    any thought about the DailyMail had a story about Mark Wahlberg saying he knew Oscar results vie a friend inside the agency Price Waterhouse.

    just curious what would happen if his predictions were true. NOT going to post the. They are out there on the net.. but wondering what everyone thinks.

  15. mandy says:

    omg i hope that jean win . because he is better than gigi or brad no? same if i prefer andy serkis or leonardo !! but no nominated πŸ™ but one thing ios sure : the artist will have many oscars !! ( yes i’m french)

  16. Franny says:

    duckface on the red carpet….cute…..

  17. normades says:

    In that kissy pic DuJardin is with his wife Alexandra Lamy and sister-in-law Audrey Lamy. Both are very popular comedic actresses in France.

    Sorry for DuJardin, (loss of momentum, hope Clooney doesn’t pull ahead), but Omar Sy’s acceptance speech was awesome and Intouchables is the most successful film in French history.

    Sarah Forestier is an excellent actress and she rocked it last night: http://1pic1day.com/sara-forestier-aux-cesars-2012-photos

    • Cleo says:

      Absolutely right. I was glad Omar won. And his acceptance speech was indeed awesome. I also hope Dujardin will win the oscar. I really like him and he’s a fantastic actor. He deserves it.
      I really liked Sara Forestier last night. Who knew she had amazing legs?

    • Blah says:

      Dujardin was ROBBED by that idiotic Omar Sy who just played himself in that pathetic movie. Maybe that’s a hit but clearly that movie is not at the same level of quality at all of the Artist.

      Well, CAnal + made sure Sy won; because he is one of their actor.
      But he didn’t deserve it since his role cruely lacked of subtility, and was NOT as powerful as Dujardin’s George Valentine.

      Shameful how Dujardin haven’t been acknowledged in his own country. Show how the French can be stupid especially French show business.
      But they don’t like successful people so it shows how they didn’t like how well Dujardin did worldwide.
      Hate those morons of the Cesars.

      • Elvynn says:

        Wow wow someone is angry!
        I’m sorry but I disagree with you. And it is sad that you need to tear down Omar Sy and make some nasty accusation to back your opinion.
        They were both good in their movies.
        And it is NOT a surprise because Omar Sy had already won the Golden globes’ equivalent few weeks ago. You shouldn’t have let yourself drive by the hype.
        Have a nice day!

      • Cleo says:

        And how do you think Canal organized this conspiracy? I’m curious. Do you think they threatened people or paid them? Or the other option is that they actually change the name of the winner and no one noticed.Seriously…
        And for the “French people hates Dujardin because he’s successful” part. If it was true, don’t you think they would hate EVERYTHING related to the movie? Last time I checked “The artist” took home some of the biggest awards of the evening like “best picture”, “best director” and “best actress”.
        And I guess I don’t have to remind you of Marion Cotillard who won the Cesar despite the fact she was really successful abroad (Osacr, Bafta…). In addition, they also offered her to preside one of the following show.But, you’re probably right, it’s just that they don’t hate successful women…

      • demian bichir says:

        Blah go take your BlahBlahBlah’s hating ass somewhere else OK!OMAR SY is the SHIT!He is the bizness OK!(he’s really funny unlike D!)
        It was about time they give that F***ing Ceasar to a Black French actor!!!Who do you think paid for that F***ing boring DujardN1’s campaign?The POPE?NO!It was Weinstein’s pocket money!

  18. WTF says:

    i have no idea who this dude is..and i can guarantee i will never see this silent movie….so since its obviously not popular seems a perfect choice for an oscar…although i hear the Dog stole the movie….what does he get an OSCAR meyer weiner?

  19. Anne says:

    I would prefer that anyone other than Pitt win. I’ve never found Pitt to be a good actor.

  20. crtb says:

    Anyone other than Clooney!!!

  21. The Truth Fairy says:

    Berenice Bejo is only 35 years old?!?!?! I seriously thought she was around 45. WOW.

  22. ClumsyMe says:

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if out of nowhere Demian wins? That would just be a dream come true, sadly it probably won’t happen. I do hope Jean wins it and if not him then Brad.

    • demian bichir says:

      Exactly!A DREAM COME TRUE!
      I still believe in my chances that i can pull an upset at the last minute!That would be so cool!
      Imagine the look on their face if i win LOL!
      YES!WE CAN!

  23. jin says:

    I love Berenice Bejo in her black gown. Now that’s pure innocence. The kind of look Angelina Jolie attempts to nail and fails miserably at.

  24. SCREEEE says:

    Hey!!! HEEEEEEEY!!! HEY CB & CO!

    Sorry. But HEY! I’ve been commenting for a while, but now I have things to say. Mr Dujardin (<3) is amazing, but please PLEASE – at least in time for the Oscars – don't refer to his 10+-years girlfriend as 'some blonde'. PLEASE.

    See the amazing thing is… I am 22. And 10 years ago, Mr Dujardin (of-the-garden, cute!) AND his lovely, blonde lady-friend were the stars of a 4-minutes-every-evening show called Un Gars, Une Fille – or A Guy, a Girl – and it was sort of Simpsons-y in its after-dinner whole-family vibe. I'd NEVER have bet on that random dude being Oscar frontrunner. But my main point is PLEASE name and respect his (still off-screen / even-back-then-onscreen) girlfriend Alexandra Lamy. They started together on a sketch-show and she deserves PROPS yo.

    EDIT: Other French commenters have suggested Alex & Jean are now married. *melt*

  25. Sunnyjyl says:

    I’m rooting for The Artist to sweep the awards! Such a great movie. My friend is nominated for Production Design–he won a Cesar, and I am over the moon excited for him and the entire cast and crew. Plus, I’m planning on dressing up and getting my picture taken with that Oscar as soon as he brings it home. πŸ™‚

  26. Maya says:

    Sorry but I don’t understand how an actor in a silent film can receive an Oscar in this age. Maybe in the Twenties, yes, it would make sense, but now?
    May as well give an Oscar to Marcel Marceau.

  27. Dredz says:

    Oldman! Pitt! Anyone but Clooney please

  28. Maria_Spain says:

    I hope Dujardin or Oldman gets it,im sick and tyred of pitt/clooneyΒ΄s .
    Just finishied to watch “Beginners” and couldt stop crying I wish mr Plummer gets that oscar he was amazing on it.

  29. demian bichir says:

    The CB poll is clear!
    Everyone deserves an Oscar except:
    Clooney(he already got one for Syriana NO?PS:I will never forget that NYT interview lol!),Pot(I want to get married just before the oscars too! lol!Ahahahahaha!) ,DujardN1(Wow who knew H’WOOD would go that far!Lol!).

    So this let us with 2 potential oscars best actors winner:ME and Gary O!

    Demian Bichir is the BEST!

  30. NaomiCampbellsPhone says:

    As most of you have said, anyone but Clooney! Ideally I would back Oldman, but I would bet The Artist will make a clean sweep.

  31. Lisa B. says:

    Oh, please. If we’re really talking about someone being “overdue” here, it has to be Gary Oldman. He’s actually the most deserving of the nominees, not only for his performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, but actually for many other brilliant performances along the years.

    George won for Supporting before and he’ll have many other chances to win Lead, I’m pretty sure.

    Jean was great, I really liked him, but I actually think it’s odd how he came out of nowhere (I know he has a career in France, etc, but the Oscars are about Hollywood, make no mistake) to virtually win an Oscar!

    There’s some good Weinstein work happening there.

    • Moarie says:

      Jean won the Cannes acting award even before the Weinstein machine started. The jury that awarded him included Deniro, Jude Law, Uma Thurman.