Like, really, "The Artist?" It's charming as a Jack Russell puppy and Jean Dujardin's smile, but as lasting as Reddi-Wip. It's not the silence, or the black and white; it's the lack of deep imprint, of emotional charge, positive or negative, that makes us feel like this is a middle-brow artist, not a Da Vinci. That said, with "The Help" crew rolling up the acting awards, and the SAG ensemble win, and inhaling $170 Million at the box office, it could very well be the movie to beat. Pity "The Descendants," that seemed so strong out of Toronto and Telluride. Its fortunes seem to be falling, not rising.