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The Artist tops BAFTA Awards

The Artist swept Sunday's British Academy Film (BAFTA) Awards winning in seven major categories.

The French homage to silent movies starring Jean Dujardin was awarded trophies for Best Actor, Best Film, Best Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography and Costume Design.

The Artist has been victorious throughout the awards season and is expected to be a big hit at the Academy Awards on February 26, where it has received 10 nominations.

The second clear BAFTA winner tonight was dramatic biopic The Iron Lady. Critics were impressed with Meryl Streep's portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the star walked away with an award for Best Actress. The feature was also honoured in the Make Up and Hair category.

Martin Scorcese received several accolades at the ceremony. The venerable director's first-ever family film Hugo took home trophies for Production Design and Sound. Martin himself was honoured with the BAFTA Academy Fellowship for his exceptional contribution to film, one of the highest acknowledgments of the evening.

Other notable winners this year include spy film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The film starring Gary Oldman left the event with awards for Outstanding British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The 65th British Academy Film Awards were held in London, England at the Royal Opera House Sunday February 12.



The British Academy Film (BAFTA) Awards 2012 winners:

Best Film: The Artist

Outstanding British Film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Tyrannosaur - Paddy Considine (director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (producer)

Film Not in the English Language: The Skin I Live In

Documentary: Senna

Animated Film: Rango

Director: Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist

Original Screenplay: The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

Adapted Screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan

Leading Actor: Jean Dujardin - The Artist

Leading Actress: Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer - The Help

Original Music: Ludovic Bource - The Artist

Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman - The Artist

Editing: Senna - Gregers Sall and Chris King

Production Design: Hugo - Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Shiavo

Costume Design: The Artist - Mark Bridges

Make Up & Hair: The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland

Sound: Hugo - Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

Special Visual Effects: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler and David Vickery

Short Animation: A Morning Stroll - Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe

Short Film: Pitch Black Heist - John Maclean and Gerardine O'Flynn

The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award: Adam Deacon

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award: John Hurt

Academy Fellowship: Martin Scorsese

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