The stars all came out for the SAG Awards in Hollywood on Sunday — the one awards show of the season where actors are the judges of the year’s acting performances. In fact, their dedication to the craft is so deep that the tiny statuette given as an award is called “The Actor.” And “The Actor” for best actor in a film surprisingly went to Jean Dujardin for his performance in The Artist.
Dujardin’s win was a severe upset considering that The Oscar race for the same prize is considered to be between George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
The friends and Ocean’s 11 c0-stars are considered the frontrunners for their performances in The Descendants and MoneyBall. Both played against type in films that hinged on their performances. Meanwhile, Dujardin is a new face in Hollywood. Not only that, he’s a French actor who barely even spoke in the retro pic The Artist. In fact, he had a grand total of two words of dialogue at the end of the movie: “With Pleasure.”
The Artist is considered to have a good chance of winning the Best Picture Oscar because its black and white homage to the silent film hits the nostalgia button for many viewers (and film judges). But no one really considered the fact that Dujardin would best Pitt and Clooney for the acting award. I’m not sure exactly what it says that a man who doesn’t speak could beat out that beautiful twosome. Chances are it won’t also happen at The Oscars. Let’s hope that the actors/judges at The SAG Awards aren’t as good at judging acting as they are at creating it. Because the headlines tomorrow are going to be that Clooney/Pitt got robbed.