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Michel Hazanavicius
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Hazanavicius in 2017
Born 29 March 1967 (1967-03-29) (age 54)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Alma mater École nationale supérieure d'arts de Cergy-Pontoise
Occupation Film director
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Bérénice Bejo
Children 4
Awards Academy Award for Best Director
BAFTA for Best Director
César Award for Best Director
and other see awards

Michel Hazanavicius ( born 29 March 1967) is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his 2011 film, The Artist, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards. It also won him the Academy Award for Best Director. He also directed spy film parodies OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) and OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009).

Life and career

Hazanavicius was born in Paris. His family is Jewish, and originally from Lithuania. His grandparents settled in France in the 1920s. Before directing films, Hazanavicius worked in television, beginning with the Canal+ channel, where he started as a director in 1988. He began directing commercials for companies such as Reebok and Bouygues Telecom, and then, in 1993, he made his first feature-length film, La Classe américaine, for television. The film, co-directed with Dominique Mézerette, consisted entirely of footage taken from various films produced by the Warner Bros. studio, re-edited and dubbed into French. In 1997, Hazanavicius directed his first short film, Echec au capital, and followed it up with his first theatrically released feature, Mes amis, which starred his brother, actor Serge Hazanavicius.

Seven years later, Hazanavicius wrote and directed his second feature, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, a parody of 1960s spy movies and specifically of OSS 117, a popular character created by Jean Bruce in 1949. The $17.5 million film was a modest box office success, with $23 million worldwide receipts. A sequel, OSS 117: Lost in Rio, followed in 2009. Both films were later distributed in the United States by Music Box Films. The Artist, a black and white film without dialogue which takes place in Hollywood on the eve of sound film, screened in competition at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival. The Artist was later released to universal acclaim. On 24 January 2012 Hazanavicius received nominations for three Oscars: the Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. Hazanavicius said winning an Oscar would be "like dreaming of going to the moon – you don't really believe it could ever happen." Hazanavicius won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Artist, at the 84th Academy Awards. He was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.

He contributed a section to the omnibus film The Players (Les Infidèles) starring Jean Dujardin. He then announced that his next feature film would be a remake of the 1948 Fred Zinnemann film The Search. The film stars Berenice Bejo in the Montgomery Clift role as an NGO worker helping a little boy find his family in modern-day Chechnya and was produced by Thomas Langmann. Golden Globe Award actress winner Annette Bening also stars in the film.

Hazanavicius was in a relationship with film director Virginia Lovisone, and they have two daughters together, Simone and Fantine. He is married to Bérénice Bejo, who acted in his films OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, The Artist and The Search. Hazanavicius and Bejo have two children together: Lucien and Gloria.

Filmography

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Hazanavicius with his wife Bérénice Bejo.
Year(s) Title Description
1992 Derrick contre Superman Television short
Ca détourne Television movie
1993 La Classe américaine
1994 C'est pas le 20 heures Television series
1996 Les films qui sortent le lendemain dans les salles de cinéma Documentary television series
1997 Echec au capital Short film
1999 Mes amis Feature film
2006 OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
2009 OSS 117: Lost in Rio
2011 The Artist
2012 The Players Feature omnibus film (segment)
2014 The Search Feature film - remake of The Search
2017 Redoubtable
2020 The Lost Prince
2021 Final Cut

Awards

Award Year Category Film Result
Academy Awards 2012 Best Director The Artist Won
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Best Film Editing Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2012 Best Director Won
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Best Editing Nominated
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) 2012 Best Direction – International Won
Best Screenplay – International Nominated
BAFTA Award 2012 Best Director Won
Best Original Screenplay Won
Editing Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Award 2011 Best Director Nominated
Cannes Film Festival 2011 Palme d'Or Nominated
César Awards 2008 Best Writing OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies Nominated
2012 Best Director The Artist Won
Best Writing Nominated
Best Editing Nominated
2018 Best Director Redoubtable Nominated
Best Adaptation Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association 2012 Best Director The Artist Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2012 Best Director Won
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Best Editing Nominated
Denver Film Critics Society 2012 Best Director (tied with Terrence Malick) Won
Detroit Film Critics Society 2011 Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
Directors Guild Awards 2012 Outstanding Achievement in Directing in a Theatrical Release Won
Etoiles d'or Award 2012 Best Director Won
Florida Film Critics Circle 2011 Best Original Screenplay Won
Golden Globe Awards 2012 Best Director – Motion Picture Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society 2011 Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Foreign Film Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 2012 Best Director Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle 2012 Director of the Year Won
Screenwriter of the Year Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011 Best Director Won
New York Film Critics Online 2011 Best Director Won
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle 2011 Best Director Won
Best Original Screenplay Won
Online Film Critics Society 2012 Best Director Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society 2011 Best Director Won
Best Original Screenplay Won
Best Film Editing Won
Breakthrough Behind The Camera Won
Satellite Awards 2011 Best Director Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Seattle International Film Festival 2006 Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies Won
Tokyo International Film Festival 2006 Tokyo International Film Festival Tokyo Grand Prix Won
Globes de Cristal Award 2007 Globes de Cristal Award for Best Film Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2011 Best Director The Artist Nominated
Best Screenplay Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 2011 Best Director Nominated

Frequent casting

Actor Mes amis
(1999)
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
(2006)
OSS 117: Lost in Rio
(2009)
The Artist
(2011)
The Players
(2012)
The Search
(2014)
Jean Dujardin YesY YesY YesY YesY
Bérénice Bejo YesY YesY YesY
Gilles Lellouche YesY YesY
Serge Hazanavicius YesY YesY
Alexandra Lamy YesY YesY
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