Well, Holly Hunter played mute Scottish woman in The Piano, Marlee Matlin used sign language in Children of a Lesser God, and Jane Wyman played a deaf-mute woman in Johnny Belinda.

And what they have in common is that all three actresses received Academy Awards for Best Actress for non-speaking roles in the post silent era.

And, on the subject of non-speaking roles, what do you think – will Bérénice Bejo win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar this year for The Artist?

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The Piano is showing tonight – 31st January on Film4 at 9pm