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Cromwell: The Artist is film magic

The Artist's James Cromwell said he thinks the Oscar-winning film "flies in the face of conventional Hollywood wisdom".

Speaking at the Elton John Oscar party in the wake of the 84th Academy Awards, James - who plays the faithful driver of silent movie star George Valentin in the film - said he had embraced the way the silent film diverged from mainstream Hollywood movies.

"I worked really hard to get this film noticed, and I had a lot of fun doing it. I loved the film, and I loved the people who were involved in the film," he said.

"This one was really special to me because it flies in the face of conventional Hollywood wisdom about what will work and what will not work."

The actor previously told reporters at the Independent Spirit Awards that he hadn't realised the film's potential for success.

He said: "As a participant you can't tell. You do it, and it's wonderful, you're speaking dialogue, you have no idea what it's going to look like. But when you see the process altogether and you watch the effect that has on an audience, then you say 'this is magic'. It's magic."

The Artist won the awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.

And Cromwell said it deserved to sweep the board "because it's a work of art".

:: Nokia is principal sponsor of the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, and has partnered with Film Independent to present the Nokia Truer Than Fiction Award, won this year by Heather Courtney, which honours a documentary filmmaker who has not yet received appropriate recognition.

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