Silent movie The Artist triumphs at Bafta Awards
Film scores seven gongs
SILENT film The Artist made a big noise at the Bafta film awards winning seven awards including Best Film, Leading Actor and Best Director.
The Artist – a homage to the silent era of Hollywood – swept the board at the Bafta Awards.
However, its leading lady Berenice Bejo lost out to Meryl Streep for the Outstanding Actress Bafta award.
Meryl Streep took the Bafta for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
The director of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, picked up the Bafta award for Original Screenplay, saying: “I’m very surprised because so many people thought there was no script.”
Hazanavicius also picked up the Best Director award from Brad Pitt.
The Bafta award for Outstanding British Film was given to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe – Bond girls in the next 007 film, Skyfall.