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Oscars: 'Hollywood loves to see stories about its craft'

Oscars: 'Hollywood loves to see stories about its craft'
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As ‘The Artist’ triumphed at the Oscars, euronews reporter Andrea Bolitho spoke to ABC news correspondent Diana Alvear about the glitz, glamour and the aftermath of the Academy Awards.

Andrea Bolitho, euronews: “We’re joining ABC correspondent Diana Alvear on the red carpet at the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Diana, ‘The Artist’ has all but swept the board with five Oscars including the big one, Best Picture plus Best Director and Best Actor. Certainly a memorable night for French cinema?”

Diana Alvear, ABC News:
“Absolutely this was the little film that could and it’s a French film, but it transcended international barriers and it just became a beloved film. America fell in love with it and really it is a silent film which is a love story about film and that is the kind of thing that Hollywood loves, they love to see stories told about their craft and what it is they do, so it’s not surprising to see that it did so well.”

Andrea Bolitho, euronews: “How much of this is down the incredibly successful producer Harvey Weinstein – the man Meryl Streep described at the Golden Globes as a God?”

Diana Alvear, ABC News:
“He is the God of Hollywood, look at last year, he topped everything with ‘The King’s Speech’ and he did it again this year with ‘The Artist’ and he just seems to have a sixth sense with what is going to do well at the awards. They weren’t big films. When ‘The King’s Speech’ was up for awards not a lot of people had seen it but it started garnering a lot of praise and with the Weinsteins behind it, it was going to be a sure-fire winner. The same thing happened with ‘The Artist’. This was a movie that had not got a lot of play, everyone was saying what’s this about – a silent film? But you have the Weinsteins behind you, you are golden.”

Andrea Bolitho, euronews: “The Best Actor prize went to a French actor, Jean Dujardin for his portrayal of a silent film super star in ‘The Artist’. He has been dubbed the French George Clooney and edged out the real George Clooney.”

Diana Alvear, ABC News:
“It is hard to be a bigger star than George Clooney, but I think Jean Dujardin is getting there. Nobody knew who he was before ‘The Artist’ and now he is everywhere and America has fallen in love with him. I mean, this was a man who didn’t have to say anything on camera and here he is winning Best Actor! He is so funny, he really is the French George Clooney.”

Andrea Bolitho, euronews: “Best Actress was always going to be another close call but Meryl Streep picked up her third Oscar with her portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’, her first in 30 years. What do you think swung it for Meryl?”

Diana Alvear, ABC News:
“You know that was truly the greatest upset tonight, because everyone presumed Viola Davis was going to get it. But Meryl Streep was so incredibly powerful in ‘The Iron Lady’ I couldn’t believe the transformation she made from doing the younger Margaret Thatcher to the older Margaret Thatcher.

She was the most surprised person in the room when it happened! She went up to that stage and she said half the nation right now is going ‘Ah no’, because they felt for Viola Davis. She was so incredibly gracious and she thanked everyone and said this is probably my last Oscar; so she’s just enjoying the moment and good for her she earned it, she’s the golden lady now.”

Andrea Bolitho, euronews: “As expected The Iranian movie ‘A Separation’ won Best Foreign Language Film. It had already taken home the Golden Globe and Critics Choice gongs, clearly it hit home on many levels?”

Diana Alvear, ABC News:
“Well this is being thought of as one of the more memorable moments of the show, perhaps one of the more touching moments. Yes, it was the front runner, but it was truly a beautiful moment when art transcends politics and when they accepted the award they were so humble and talked about how you have to rise above the politics and when you can talk about the eternal human struggle, that’s what it’s all about.”

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