His production house, Weinstein Co., produced some of the year's most nominated films. "The art of performing in a silent movie is a lost process, and I have to thank the director and brilliant ensemble of actors in 'The Artist.' We wouldn't be here today without their talent. 'The Artist' is a love letter to classic American cinema, and today the Academy gave us a love letter back. "Today is a great day for celebrating creative courage, visionary talent and the power of independent cinema to inspire, to entertain and to move people in all kinds of new and exciting ways."Bruno Vincent / Getty Images / The Weinstein Co.