We knew The Artist had promise!
The silent romance film, which stars 35-year-old Argentinean actress Bérénice Bejo, has snagged five nominations from the Independent's Spirit Awards, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Among the film’s nominations include Best Feature and Best Cinematography, which pits The Artist as the lead in nominations, alongside the drama film Take Shelter. The Spirit Awards honor films made outside of the Hollywood studio system.
The Artist, which was directed by Bejo’s husband, French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, centers on a Hollywood star named George Valentin (played by Jean Dujardin) who dreads the day when talkies will replace silent films. That inevitable day will pull the plug on Valentin’s career. Hazanavicius wrote Bejo’s part in the film specifically for her. In the film, the actress plays Peppy Miller, a rising star and Dujardin’s love interest.
Last month, we declared Bejo the next Latina Oscar winner; the actress’ name has been dropped by several Oscar critics who say she’s deserving of the coveted nomination. Nathaniel Rogers, author of the popular Oscars website, The Film Experience, told Latina.com that he believes Bejo has an “excellent” shot at being nominated for Best Supporting Actress this year.
“It isn't just a novelty role, Bejo gets to run the gamut from slapstick comedy to showbiz melodrama to romantic angst,” Rogers told us. “The Academy's acting branch is sure to be tapping their feet to her dancing and I suspect scribbling her name on their ballots, too.”
Bejo isn't the only one representing for Latinos in the Spirit Awards nominations list. Harmony Santana, the half-Dominican, half-Puerto Rican transgender star of the indie film Gun Hill Road, was also nominated for Best Supporting Female. Also, Awards Daily reports that Mexican actor Demián Bichir was nominated for Best Male Lead for his role as an undocumented immigrant and loving father in the Chris Weitz film A Better Life.