The Artist is the first silent film to get a best picture nod in almost 85 years. (Wings was the only silent film to win that award. It collected its prize at the very first Oscar ceremony in 1929.) Meanwhile, if The Artist wins that category as expected, it will become the first black-and-white movie to win that prize since Billy Wilder’s bittersweet romance The Apartment did in 1960. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 epic, Schindler’s List, doesn’t qualify because the largely black-and-white drama contained one scene with a young girl wearing a red coat, and its modern-day ending was shot in color.