Swiped this Guy Lodge at In Contention - he says that he was certain The Artist would be a major player at this year’s Oscars after he saw it at Cannes — well, a lot of people did, including Dave Karger and Yours Truly.  It’s a no-brainer.  Not only is the film winning on every possible level but it’s being backed by the Weinstein Co. which makes it unstoppable.  This is a movie that will not only draw crowds, make bank and get people talking, but it will also charm the pants right off those AMPAS peeps.