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Jean Dujardin and Uggie the Jack Russell terrier appear in a scene from the 2011 movie The Artist. - Provided courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Golden Globe Awards: Jean Dujardin of 'The Artist' wins Best Actor - Comedy or Musical

01/15/2012 by Corinne Heller

Jean Dujardin has won the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical for his role in "The Artist," marking the French actor's first win and nomination.

Dujardin, a 39-year-old French actor, beat nominees Brendan Gleeson of "The Guard," Joseph Gordon-Levitt of "50/50," Ryan Gosling of "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and Owen Wilson of "Midnight in Paris." The winners of the 2012 Golden Globes were named at a Los Angeles ceremony on Sunday, January 15.

"When I was starting out .. they said to me, 'You'll never do movies. Your face is too expressive. Too big,'" Dujardin said in his acceptance speech. "It's not my fault. My eyebrows are independent. No seriously, I have always followed my instincts and ... fight for my dreams."

Dujardin began his on-screen career in the late 1990s and aside from "The Artist," has starred only in French productions.

"The Artist" is a silent, black and white film that depicts the lives of a veteran actor named George Valentin, played by Dujardin, and a rising actress named Peppy Miller, portrayed by Bejo, in Hollywood in the late 1920s. Around that time, silent films began to be phased out and were soon replaced by 'talkies,' or movies with dialogue.

James Cromwell plays Valentin's driver, Clifton, while Penelope Ann Miller portrays the silent film actor's wife, Doris. The movie also stars John Goodman as producer Al Zimmer. Another star of the movie is Uggie, a Jack Russell terrier.

"The Artist" was nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and won Best Motion Picture - Drama.

The film is considered by many critics to be a contender for the 2012 Academy Awards, which take place on February 26. The Oscar nominations are set to be announced by "X-Men: First Class" and "Hunger Games" actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak on January 24. OnTheRedCarpet.com will bring you a live stream of the event, starting around 5 a.m. that day, as well as a full list of nominees.

Check out a trailer for "The Artist."

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