Golden Globes: Jean Dujardin wins best actor in a comedy or musical

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‘The Artist’ star Jean Dujardin danced away with the Golden Globe award for lead actor in a comedy or musical motion picture Sunday for his turn as George Valentin, a silent movie star whose career falters at the dawn of the talkies. In the film, Valentin’s relationship with the aptly named upstart Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) changes his life in unexpected ways.

A household name in his native France, Dujardin never aspired to stardom: After high school, he worked for his parents’ construction company, and it was only while serving his mandatory military service a few years later that he began to contemplate an acting career. Inspired by the diversity of characters he encountered in the barracks, he wrote a one-man show and began performing it in the basements of Parisian bars and cabarets. He got his first big break on ‘Un Gars, Une Fille,’ a popular television sitcom.


Last year, Dujardin told The Times he’s not setting out to become a major Hollywood player. ‘In France, I have a lot of offers. I’m a lucky man.’


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