The silent drama dominates the pack with seven awards, including the coveted Best Film gong, while the spy thriller collects two kudos, including the prestigious Outstanding British Film prize.
Full winners of British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards 2012 have been unveiled during a ceremony on Sunday evening, February 12. "The Artist", "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", "The Iron Lady" and "Hugo" are among the big winners at the annual prize-giving event.
"The Artist" became the biggest winner at the BAFTAs by grabbing not less than seven kudos, including the coveted Best Film prize. The breakout silent movie also brought its director Michel Hazanavicius and its lead actor Jean Dujardin to win Best Director and Best Actor awards respectively.
Hazanavicius also took home a trophy of Best Original Screenplay for the black-and-white drama. "I'm very surprised. So many people thought there was no script because there was no dialogue," the Frenchman said on his speech before adding, "So English people are very clever. Congratulations to you!"
Tomas Alfredson's thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" was hailed as the Outstanding British Film at the ceremony. Additionally, the movie based on John le Carre's acclaimed novel won the Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter Peter Straughan. "I'd just like to thank 'The Artist' for not being adapted from a book," the scribe jokingly said on his speech.
Straughan added that he dedicated the award to co-writer Bridget O'Connor, who died after losing battle to cancer before "Tinker" was completed. "She wrote all the good bits and I made this coffee. So, Bridget, I love you, I miss you. This is for you," the screenwriter said.
Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" took home two awards: Best Production Design and Best Sound. Meanwhile, "The Iron Lady" grabbed Best Actress title for its leading star Meryl Streep, as well as Best Make-Up and Hair. Another multiple winner was the Ayrton Senna documentary pic, "Senna", which collected the Best Documentary and Best Editing kudos.
Blockbuster movie "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" won the Specual Visual Effect gong, while well-reviewed animation "Rango" picked up the Best Animated Feature Film prize. In the meantime, Adam Deacon was honored with the Rising Star Award after beating "Thor" duo, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.
Hosted by Stephen Fry, the 65th BAFTAs was held at the Royal Opera House in London. The prestigious awards show is considered as a strong indicator of likely success at the 2012 Academy Awards, which will be held on February 26.
BAFTAs 2012's Full Winner List:
- Best Film: "The Artist"
- Outstanding British Film: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
- Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"
- Best Actor: Jean Dujardin - "The Artist"
- Best Actress: Meryl Streep - "The Iron Lady"
- Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer - "Beginners"
- Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer - "The Help"
- Outstanding Debut: "Tyrannosaur"
- Best Foreign Language: "The Skin I Live In"
- Best Animated Feature Film: "Rango"
- Best Documentary: "Senna"
- Best Original Screenplay: "The Artist"
- Best Adapted Screenplay: "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
- Best Original Score: "The Artist" - Ludovic Bource
- Cinematography: "The Artist"
- Editing: "Senna"
- Production Design: "Hugo"
- Costume Design: "The Artist"
- Sound: "Hugo"
- Special Visual Effects: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II"
- Make-Up and Hair: "The Iron Lady"
- Short Animation: "A Morning Stroll"
- Short Film: "Pitch Black Heist"
- Rising Star Award: Adam Deacon