LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – On Saturday Michel Hazanavicius, author of “The Artist” silent film in black and white with Jean Dujardin, was named best director of the year by the Directors Guild of America (DGA), trade union very influential in the American film industry.
“I am extremely excited,” said Hazanavicius during the presentation of the award in Los Angeles, in a room located near the venue for the Oscar ceremony on 26 February.
“I could probably not expect more recognition,” said the French director.
On the occasion of the 84th Academy Awards, the film will compete for the title of best film of the year in an expanded list of nine films.
“The Artist” also received ten nominations for “Caesar” to be held February 24.