The Artist star 'humbled' by Oscar nod

2012-01-25 13:56
Paris - The French star of The Artist says its cast and crew knew their challenge by doing a silent, black-and-white film that broke many rules of movies today - a bet that paid off with 10 Oscar nominations.

After the Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday - including one for him as best actor - Jean Dujardin expressed stupefaction, humility and the difficulties in keeping a cool head amid his new stardom.

The 39-year-old actor who is still working on his English told news agencies in an interview at a Paris hotel said the silent film was about his only way into Hollywood - and he would do another if he could.

The Artist reaped the second-most Oscar nominations after 11 for Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure Hugo.