“The Artist” Dominates BAFTA Awards

The black-and-white silent film about an aging movie star and a rising ingenue took on all comers, taking home 7 awards.

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EMPTY_CAPTION"The Artist" all but swept the BAFTA Awards (aka The British Oscars), taking home Best Film, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin, left) Director and Original Screenplay (Michel Hazanavicius), Original Music (Ludovic Bource), Cinematographer (Guillaume Schiffman) and Costume Design (Mark Bridges). A repeat performance at the Oscars seems increasingly likely.
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John Hurt (foreground) was honored for his Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, and his latest film, "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy," won Outstanding British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay (Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan).
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Director Martin Scorsese was honored with the Academy Fellowship, the BAFTA's highest honor, in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.
And Scrorsese's latest film, "Hugo," was recognized for Best Production Design (Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo) and Sound (Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley).
EMPTY_CAPTION"Tyrannosaur," starring Peter Mullan as an unemployed alcoholic who must reconsider his life after killing his own dog in a fit of rage, won Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Paddy Considine (director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (producer).
Writer-director Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Line In," starring Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon gone mad, was named Best Film Not In the English Language--shouldn't "The Artist" have been eligible?
EMPTY_CAPTION"Rango," writer-director Gore Verbinski's brilliant tale about a chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) going through a midlife crisis, was named Best Animated Film.
Meryl Streep was named Best Actress for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the biopic "The Iron Lady."
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Christoper Plummer was named Best Supporting Actor for his turn as a man who must tell his son, played by Ewan McGregor, that 1) he's got cancer and 2) he's gay in writer-director Mike Mills' "Beginners."
Octavia Spencer was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Help," as a strong-willed pie-baking domestic.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," the final chapter in the epic saga of everybody's favorite boy wizard, was recognized for Best Visual Effects.
EMPTY_CAPTION"Senna," a griping documentary about famed race car driver Ayrton Senna, was named Best Documentary.
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