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

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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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