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Jean Dujardin was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical for his role as actor George Valentin in the silent film 'The Artist,' which received a total of six nods, including one for Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical.
'Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this incredible gift,' Dujardin said in a statement. 'To be recognized alongside such brilliant actors is an honor. The Golden Globe nomination for 'The Artist' has left me speechless.'
'The Artist' is a silent, black and white film that depicts the lives of Valentin, a declining actor, and a rising actress named Peppy Miller, portrayed by Berenice 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.
(Pictured: Jean Dujardin appears in a promotional photo for the 2011 movie 'The Artist.')
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