After dominating the Golden Globes earlier this month with 3 awards, the French, and silent, surprise hit of the year The Artist continues its triumph of the US with ten Oscar nominations (Actor In a Leading Role, Actress In a Supporting Role, Art Direction, Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Music, Original Score, Writing, Original Screenplay), falling just behind Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (11 nominations). It’s nevertheless the most nominations a French film has ever held at the Oscars. In case you didn’t know, the film is directed by Michel Hazanavicius (OSS 117: Lost in Rio, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies) and stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, a popular screen star in the silent film era who with fellow actor Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) finds their careers and their relationship influenced by the coming of talking pictures. Valentin resists the transition to sound, while young Peppy Miller embodies a modern age that is leaving Valentin behind. All will be revealed at the Oscars on the evening of 26 Feb, US time.