Shhhhhh: 'The Artist' takes top honors at the Producers Guild Awards

"The Artist" New York Premiere

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(L-R) Producer Thomas Langmann, director Michel Hazanavicius, actress Berenice Bejo, actress Penelope Ann Miller, and actor Jean Dujardin attend the premiere of "The Artist" at the Paris Theater on November 17, 2011 in New York City.

The 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards - Show

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 21: Producer Thomas Langmann accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures onstage during the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images For PGA)

69th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room

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(L-R) Producer Thomas Langmann, actress Missi Pyle, Uggie the Dog, actor Jean Dujardin, and director Michel Hazanaviciu pose in the press room with the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy award for "The Artist" at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

Love letter to Hollywood

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In this film publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin in a scene from "The Artist."


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Uggie steals the show, again, this time on the red carpet

Portions of "The Artist" are deathly quiet, yet the quirky film proved its Golden Globe win was no fluke as it took the top prizes at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, in Beverly Hills.

The old-time Hollywood-based black-and-white "The Artist" continued its dominance over the George Clooney Hawaiian drama "The Descendants".

Of 172 reviews counted on the site Rotten Tomatoes, "The Artist" a love-letter to Hollywood currently holds an impressive 97% positive rating with only 5 reviews giving it the thumbs-down.

The film that stars virtual unknowns Jean Dujardin (as the silent film star George Valentin, who is reluctant to enter the world of talkies) and Berenice Bejo (as the new It girl, Peppy Miller) also beat out heavy hitters like "War Horse," ''The Help," ''Hugo," ''Midnight in Paris," ''Moneyball" and that other Clooney film, "The Ides of March."

Although many consider the Weinstein Company film an underdog to win the Oscar, it shouldn't be. "The Artist", which also co-stars Uggie, an adorably talented Jack Russell Terrier, has already won top honors at Cannes, the Critics' Choice Awards, the London Film Critics' Circle, the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and at the Women Film Critics Circle, among others.

With so many honors already under its cummerbund, the film seems now to be the likely favorite for Best Picture at the Oscars, whose nominations are expected to be announced Tuesday morning.

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