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Loving: SNL's 'The Artist' Sketch

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I can't get enough of seeing Jean Dujardin on screen, but perhaps much to his dismay, I am mostly drawn to him when he is embodying George Valentin, his character in The Artist. I don't know if it's that pencil-thin mustache, the tuxedo, those penguin-like tap dance moves, or that smile (wait, the smile is definitely a huge part of it), but he's just such a charmer on screen.

So imagine my delight when SNL's recurring sketch "Les Jeunes de Paris" turned into a black and white Artist tribute of sorts, complete with Kristen Wiig as an out-of-breath, beaming ingenue.

Zooey Deschanel was a charming host and I was looking forward to her appearance on SNL for weeks. It was in this sketch that I could really tell how much fun she was having.

Will Billy Crystal come up with a similar silent dance party when he hosts the Oscars later this month? Well, he'd be crazy not to - as long as Uggie the dog makes an appearance.

The Artist is a must-watch before Oscar night, if only to see how much of a charmer leading man Jean Dujardin is, and also to truly appreciate all of the spoofs and tributes being done out there.

Thankfully, SNL nailed the exuberance, humor, and fun in their rendition.

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