The Artist picked up seven British Film Academy (BAFTA) Awards on its way to the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, director and actor (Jean Dujardin). It also picked up awards for original screenplay, costume design, music and cinematography. Director Michel Hazanavicius said he was very surprised his film won so many awards because when he first wanted to make the film, many declined to be part of it, saying that because it had no dialogue, there wasn't really a script. He added, tongue-in-cheek: "So English people are very clever."
Meryl Streep, who won a Golden Globe this year for her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher also picked up the Best Actress BAFTA award, so it's starting to look like she may be headed to Oscar victory as well. Other Golden Globe winners who also won BAFTA awards were Christopher Plummer -- who at 84 is the oldest BAFTA award winner ever -- for Beginners and Octavia Spencer for her supporting role in The Help. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy won Outstanding British Film, while Tyrannosaur, an independent drama about domestic violence, picked up the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Pictured above are Dujardin, Thomas Langmann and Hazanavicius of The Artist with presenters Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.
Major BAFTA award winners:
Best Film: The Artist
Outstanding British Film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Best Leading Actor: Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Best Leading Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help
Best Screenplay (Original): The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Best Screenplay (Adapted): Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan
Best Cinematography: The Artist
Best Editing: Senna
Best Production Design: Hugo
Best Costume Design: The Artist