Well, ok, but in this case, honestly, DGA or not DGA, it was clear from the beginning that The Artist would very probably win Best Picture - for anyone who has seen it, of course. I'm sure that for those who haven't seen it it seems impossible that a silent, foreign, black and white movie with unknown actors which will never break box-office records could ever get there - but that's just theory: once you see it, you perfectly realize that it can, and that it will.
And no, it's not just because of some devilish marketing campaign. Anyone who really, genuinely loves movies will find The Artist - not a great movie, not a masterpiece, no - but an extremely pleasant, affecting, intelligent experience. And that gets votes, let's face it. Not MY vote - I still think that The Tree of Life is, by far, the best of the nominated movies. But many votes, and votes that I personally can understand and like.
As for the fact that it's not a profound movie (which is what fans of The Help keep saying - and I repeat: The Help!), well, I don't know, maybe it's true. But then - can I be honest? It's not like The Hurt Locker was a very profound movie either - it didn't have, let's face it, all those double meanings and symbols. And let me say it: I will always like an Academy, an America, which goes with The Artist better than an Academy, an America which goes with The Hurt Locker. If I can personally choose MY lack of depth, and I hope I'm allowed to, I know which side I prefer, and which people - and cinemagoers - I want to be with.