If you've been wondering why film cognoscenti spent the last two weeks worrying about the Toronto International Film Festival, consider this stat: 7 of the last 15 audience award winners at Toronto have gone on to receive Best Picture nominations, with three films ('American Beauty,' 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The King's Speech') taking home the trophy. Which is to say that making a statement at TIFF is certainly a key opening salvo to a successful awards season run. Unfortunately for 'The Artist' -- which has been gathering Best Picture nominee buzz since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival this spring -- the 2011 TIFF audience award went to the Lebanese film 'Where Do We Go Now.' That means the Michel Hazanavicius-directed film will have to go into the hectic coming months with yet another handicap in addition to its silence. That's right: your Best Picture winner this February might be a silent movie. In black and white. Get to know 'The Artist' ahead with three key reasons why the film is still a frontrunner, Toronto be damned.