The Oscar nominees for 2011 have recently been revealed, and the director list is full of Hollywood's brightest. Woody! Marty! Malick! Spiel... Wait, what, no Spielberg?
That's Hazanavicius, Michel Hazanavicius, the French director whose almost-silent, black-and-white movie "The Artist" is sweeping awards on both sides of the Atlantic. The film has perched many critics' top ten lists and is purported to be a revered take on Hollywood's silent era. And it has an adorable dog.
And what do you know, the director a Jew, his grandparents immigrating to France from Lithuania and Poland.
So are we rooting for Haza... for Michel?
Well, no. We're rooting for Woody. We've actually seen his film. Duh.