French black and white drama The Artist won gold at the
65th British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) winning
seven trophies including Best Picture, while Meryl Streep continued
with her winning streak grabbing the Best Leading Actress award for
her performance in the movie The Iron Lady.
The awards, which are Britain's equivalent of the Oscars, gave
the Best Film trophy to 'The Artist', a French homage to old silent
film era Hollywood, over other critically acclaimed films like 'The
Help' and 'The Descendants'. The film's star Jean Dujardin took
home the Best Leading Actor award, leaving behind the likes of
Hollywood bigwigs like Brad Pitt (Moneyball), George Clooney (The
Descendants) and Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
Director of 'The Artist' Michel Hazanavicius won prizes for
directing and his original screenplay. 'The Artist' has already won
three Golden Globes and has 10 Oscar nominations. Streep was named
best actress for her depiction of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's
first female prime minister, in 'The Iron Lady', a role which has
already won her a Golden Globe last month. Others nominated in the
best actress category were Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Michelle
Williams (My Week with Marilyn), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk
About Kevin) and Viola Davis (The Help).
Octavia Spencer was given the best supporting actress BAFTA for
her turn as a fiery maid in Deep South drama 'The Help', leaving
behind Carey Mulligan (Drive) and Judi Dench (My Week With
Marilyn). Christopher Plummer won the best supporting actor award
for 'Beginners'. Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor presented the Film Not
in the English Language BAFTA to Spanish film 'The Skin I Live In'
which saw off competition from 'A Separation' (Iran), 'Potiche'
(French-Belgian), 'Pina' (German) and 'Incendies' (Canada).