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2012 BAFTA Awards: Meryl Streep and The Artist Triumph, Full Winners List Here

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The silent movie The Artist triumphed at the BAFTAs on Sunday, winning seven awards including best picture. Meryl Streep was also victorious at the awards, which are Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The Artist, a black-and-white movie that has wowed global audiences since its Cannes debut in May, was named best film, with its star Jean Dujardin named leading actor. Its filmmaker, Michel Hazanavicius, won prizes for directing and his original screenplay.

Dujardin was excited to win a prize in the homeland of acting giant Sir Laurence Olivier, William Webb Ellis, the inventor of rugby, “and Benny Hill,” a comedian popular in the 1970s for his sketches, including some silent ones, although now considered rather sexist.

Hazanavicius thanked presenter Brad Pitt for pronouncing his name so well and academy voters for recognizing that his silent film even had a screenplay.

“So many people thought there was no script because there was no dialogue,” he said.

In another homage to the early days of cinema, Martin Scorsese’s Parisian fantasy Hugo won BAFTAs for sound and production design.

The movie adaptation of British home grown talent John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy started the ceremony with 11 nominations compared to 12 for The Artist, but won just two prizes, for British film and for adapted screenplay.

Writer Peter Straughan dedicated the screenplay award to his wife and co-writer Bridget O’Connor, who died of cancer before the film was completed.

“She wrote all the good bits and I made the coffee,” Straughan said. “So, Bridget – I love you, I miss you. This is for you.”

As predicted, Meryl Streep was named best actress for her depiction of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister, in The Iron Lady. The film also won a well-deserved prize for hair and makeup.

The BAFTAs are considered a strong indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s Academy Awards, to be held on February 26. So things are looking good for The Artist, which has already won three Golden Globes, and has 10 Oscar nominations.

Here is the full list of 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)

Foreign language film: The Skin I Live In

Director: The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Leading actor: Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Leading actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Supporting actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Supporting actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help

Documentary: Senna

Animated film: Rango

Original Screenplay: The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Adapted screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

Original music: The Artist

Cinematography: The Artist

Editing: Senna

Production design: Hugo

Costume design: The Artist

Make-up and hair: The Iron Lady

Sound: Hugo

Special visual effects: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Short animation: A Morning Stroll

Short film: Pitch Black Heist

The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award (previously announced, and voted by the public): Adam Deacon

Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: John Hurt

Bafta Fellowship: Martin Scorsese

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