"The Artist" stars Berenice Bejo and Penelope Anne Miller at the NY premiere.
Marion Curtis/Starpix "The Artist" stars Berenice Bejo and Penelope Anne Miller at the NY premiere.

With awards season heating up, this past week saw some of this year's hopeful contenders make their New York bows at glam events to drum up hype.

In short, this week was a busy one.

Sunday saw the The Weinstein's Marilyn Monroe love letter, "My Week With Marilyn," premiere at the Paris Theater with its star Michelle Williams in attendance. Monday, Julianne Moore paid tribute to her good friend Ellen Barkin's brave performance in the Sundance award-winner "Another Happy Day" by hosting an event in her honor. Tuesday, Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton showed up in Lower Manhattan in support of her buzzed-about turn in "We Need to Talk About Kevin." And Thursday, Cannes darling "The Artist," was met with lots of love at its New York premiere, again at the Paris.

We caught up with "The Artist" supporting player Penelope Ann Miller at the premiere after party to ask whether the silent black and white film has the potential to cross-over.

"As they say, silence is golden," she said. "Moviegoers are craving to go back to the beginning and why we fell in love with movies. To take it back to the simplicity and the beauty of filmmaking is really incredible."

As it happens, Miller came to "The Artist" with an advantage the other actors didn't have: She played silent film star Edna Purviance in "Chaplin" alongside Robert Downey, Jr.

"You could say I'm the go-to girl," Miller said.

iPOP: November 12 to November 18, 2011

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    "The Artist" Charms Audience at NY Premiere

    Michel Hazanavicius' crowd-pleasing nod back to the silent era of film, "The Artist," wowed the audience at the Paris Theater at the film's NY premiere Nov. 17, hosted by Hugo Boss. Harvey Weinstein introduced Hazanavicius (left) and the film's cast (from left to right: Bérénice Bejo, Jean Dujardin and Penelope Ann Miller), promising the crowd that they were in for a treat. Hazanavicius didn't say much (it's a silent film for a reason, he joked), but made a special shout out to his producer Thomas Langmann for making it all happen. [Photo by: Marion Curtis/Starpix]
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    Wes Anderson Checks Out Tilda Swinton in "Kevin"

    Wes Anderson caught up with Tilda Swinton at a special screening of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" on November 15th in Lower Manhattan. The actress was joined at the event by director Lynne Ramsay, co-star Ezra Miller and guests Andrew Garfield, Wes Craven, John Lithgow and Parker Posey. The glam night was hosted by Pomellato, an Italian fine jewelery brand of which Swinton is the face. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Ron Howard Premieres "When You Find Me" in NYC

    Ron Howard was on hand November 15 in Manhattan to debut "When You Find Me," a film inspired by Canon's multi-platform "Long Live Imagination" campaign. The project marks the first Hollywood film to be based solely on eight independently contributed photographs, selected from nearly 100,000 submissions in the "Project Imagina8ion" contest. Howard's daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard, also attended the event, held at the American Museum of Natural History. [Photo courtesy of Getty]
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    Julianne Moore and Ellen Barkin See "Another Happy Day"

    Friends Julianne Moore and Ellen Barkin caught up at an event in honor of Barkin's brave turn in Sam Levinson's award-winning family dramedy "Another Happy Day." The night, hosted by Moore, kicked off with a screening of the film, followed by a party at the Standard rooftop where a slew of stars descended to dance the night away. Among the faces: Olivia Wilde, Alexander Wang, Parker Posey, Julian Schnabel, Joel Schumacher, Zoe Kravitz, Wes Craven, Andy Cohen and Barkin's co-star Ezra Miller. [Photo: Amanda Schwab/Starpix]
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    Michelle Williams Channels "Marilyn" at NY Premiere

    Michelle Williams created a photo frenzy when she hit the red carpet at the premiere of The Weinstein Company's "My Week With Marilyn," hosted by Quintessentially and Forevermark at New York's Paris Theater. After posing and talking to the press, Williams booked it for a flight to continue shooting Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and the Powerful," in which she's playing good witch Glinda. Williams' co-stars Kenneth Branagh, Dominic Cooper and Zoe Wanamaker were on hand, along with director Simon Curtis, to present the film and wind down at the glam afterparty, held at La Petite Maison nearby. [Photo by Dave Allocca/Starpix]
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    Lynne Ramsay and Oscilloscope's David Fenkel at "Kevin" Premiere

    "We Need to Talk About Kevin" director Lynne Ramsay with Oscilloscope Laboratories' David Fenkel at the New York premiere of "Kevin."