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The Artist continues to dominate award season at the BAFTAs

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Feb 12, 2012 | 1:15pm EST

The silent movie triumphed in seven of its 11 nominated categories, including Best Film, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin, outshining homegrown favourite Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy at the London ceremony.

The espionage thriller, starring Gary Oldman and John Hurt, was named the night's Outstanding British Film and its co-writers Peter Straughan and his late wife, Bridget O'Connor, won the Best Adapted Screenplay prize.

Hurt later received a standing ovation as he accepted the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Award. He told the crowd that his wife had advised him to say nothing more than, 'Thank you,' and quipped: "One of the difficult things about being given an award that you know you are going to get is that you are expected to have had the time to write a speech!"

Meryl Streep lost her shoe on her way to pick up her Best Actress prize, for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and giggled as Colin Firth helped to put it back on her foot.

She told the audience, "That couldn't have gone worse!" before referring to her British roots, revealing, "Half of me is Streep and the other half of me is Wilkinson from Lincolnshire."

Christopher Plummer received his first taste of BAFTA gold at 82 years old as he was named Best Supporting Actor for Beginners, while the Best Supporting Actress prize went to another Oscars favourite, Octavia Spencer for The Help.

The evening also featured a tribute to Whitney Houston from presenter Cuba Gooding, Jr., who said, "Whitney, I will always love you" before reading out the Special Visual Effects nominations. Houston died in Los Angeles on Saturday (11Feb12).

It was also a big night for filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who was hailed by BAFTA as "a true inspiration to all young directors the world over". His movie Hugo also grabbed Best Production Design and Best Sound honours.

The list of 2012 BAFTA winners is as follows:

Best Film - The Artist

Best British Film - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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)

Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Outstanding British Film - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Original Screenplay - The Artist

Best Adapted Screenplay - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Visual Effects - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Animation - Rango

Best Cinematography - The Artist

Best Editing - Senna

Best Production Design - Hugo

Best Costume Design - The Artist

Best Make-Up & Hair - The Iron Lady

Best Score - Ludovic Bource (The Artist)

Best Sound - Hugo

Best Foreign Language Film - The Skin I Live In

Best Documentary - Senna

Best Animated Film - Rango

Best Animated Short - A Morning Stroll

Best Live Action Short - Pitch Black Heist

Best Debut by a British Writer/Director/Producer - Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur)

Orange Rising Star Award - Adam Deacon (Anuvahood)

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