BAFTAs 2012: Silence is golden for triumphant Artist crew
The cast of the black and white silent film that has charmed the world show once again that you don't need to shout to get noticed.
With a haul of seven awards including best director, best film and lead actor, The Artist threatened to turn the BAFTAs into a one-film show.
Speaking before the ceremony in charmingly accented English, with an interpreter by his side, its French star Jean Dujardin said he couldn't believe the film's incredible run.
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"I feel like a kid. I am a very lucky guy," said the Gallic heartthrob - who beat off competition from George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Asked to explain the silent movie's success his co-star Berenice Bejo said: "You don't need words to say I love you."
It was also a successful night for Meryl Streep, whose portrayal of Margaret Thatcher earned her a best actress trophy.
The grande dame of the screen world lost her shoe on the way to the stage, but was rescued by Colin Firth.
The Help only managed to convert one of its nominations with Octavia Spencer named as best supporting actress.
2012 BAFTA Winners
- Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
- Jean Dujardin - The Artist
- Octavia Spencer - The Help
- Christopher Plummer - Beginners
- The Artist
Debut by British Director/Writer/Producer
- Paddy Considine & Diarmid Scrimshaw Tyrannosaur
- Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Outstanding British Film
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
- The Skin I Live In