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
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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