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Golden Globes: 'The Artist' team dances backstage at the ceremony

January 15, 2012 |  9:03 pm

The Artist Golden Globes

How often does a dashing recent award winner hold in his hand not only his shiny statuette but also a dog leash? Probably not too often, but that was the case tonight as actor in a comedy or musical winner Jean Dujardin walked Uggie, his canine costar in “The Artist,” after answering journalists' questions backstage at the Golden Globes.

Before the pooch joined the Q&A stage with the rest of the cast and received a few kisses from Dujardin — just the dog got kisses, not the whole cast — the actor gushed about how much his award meant to him: “Je suis très, très heureux” (“I’m very, very happy”) he repeated multiple times in his native French.

A journalist from the Hollywood Reporter asked Dujardin what he thought of the talk that he’s “the French George Clooney.” Dujardin quickly dismissed the comparison, saying “It’s a joke,” but not before flashing a smile that was undeniably full of Clooney-like charm.

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In a way, “The Artist,” which won best picture (comedy or musical), echoed the small-but-mighty 2009 best picture (drama) winner “Slumdog Millionaire” — the awards prospects for an independently made  black-and-white ode to the silent film era from France might not have been readily apparent to most people. Which might have been one reason the film's writer and director, Michel Hazanavicius, expressed shock over “The Artist’s” success.

“It was a very small movie, we did a few festivals,” he said.“We never expected something like this.”


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Photo: The cast and crew of the film 'The Artist' pose backstage at the 69th Golden Globe Awards. From left, Thomas Langmann, Missy Pyle, Jean Dujardin, Uggie, Michel Hazanavicius, Bérénice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller, Ludovic Bource, Ken Davitian and James Cromwell. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.

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