Awards Season 2012: Silent movie “The Artist” dominates 65th Baftas


“The Artist,” the mostly silent black-and-white french film was named best picture of the year at the Orange British Academy Awards on Sunday.

The picture swept Britain’s top film awards, taking home seven of the 12 awards it was up for, including a prize for Jean Dujardin as lead actor and two for director-writer Michel Hazanavicius. Dujardin was also recently named lead actor by the Screen Actors Guild, and the Golden Globes, while Hazanavicius took home the Directors Guild of America’s top prize last month.

It seems most likely that both Frenchmen have a viable shot of scoring Oscar statuettes on Feb. 26. ‘The Artist’ is up for 10 nominations including best Film, Director, Actor and supporting actress.

The battle for lead actress is less clear, as Meryl Streep was given the BAFTA award for her portrayal of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” She beat out Viola Davis, who won the SAG award for her performance in “The Help,” while Streep was named lead actress in a drama at the Golden Globes.

Meanwhile, two locks seem to be award season favorites — Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer — who received the BAFTA supporting actor and actress prizes. Plummer, 82, won for his role as an elderly gay man who reveals his sexuality to his son in “Beginners,” while Spencer was recognized for her part as a fiesty maid in “The Help.”

Other awards Sunday went to “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” for outstanding British film and to Pedro Almodóvar’s “The Skin I Live In” for foreign-language picture. “Rango,” featuring a lizard voiced by Johnny Depp, won for animated film.

Last year, eventual Oscar best picture winner “The King’s Speech” took home the top prize at the BAFTAs, which took place at London’s Royal Opera House.

Here’s a full list of the BAFTA winners:

BEST PICTURE
“THE ARTIST”

DIRECTOR
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS, “The Artist”

LEAD ACTOR
JEAN DUJARDIN, “The Artist”

LEAD ACTRESS
MERYL STREEP, “The Iron Lady”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
OCTAVIA SPENCER, “The Help”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, “Beginners”

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
“TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY,” Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo,
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
“TYRANNOSAUR,” Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
“THE SKIN I LIVE IN,” Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar

DOCUMENTARY
“SENNA,” Asif Kapadia

ANIMATED FILM
“RANGO,” Gore Verbinski

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“THE ARTIST,” Michel Hazanavicius

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY,” Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

ORIGINAL MUSIC
“THE ARTIST,” Ludovic Bource

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“THE ARTIST,” Guillaume Schiffman

EDITING
“SENNA,” Gregers Sall, Chris King

PRODUCTION DESIGN
“HUGO,” Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo

COSTUME DESIGN
“THE ARTIST,” Mark Bridges

MAKE UP & HAIR
“THE IRON LADY,” Marese Langan

SOUND
“HUGO,” Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS — PART 2,” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler, David Vickery

SHORT ANIMATION
“A MORNING STROLL,” Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe

SHORT FILM
“PITCH BLACK HEIST,” John Maclean, Gerardine O’Flynn

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
ADAM DEACON

2 Comments on Awards Season 2012: Silent movie “The Artist” dominates 65th Baftas

  1. Michael Brennan // February 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm //

    Could some one please tell me the name of the piece of music played during the in memorium section of the 65th BAFTAS which commemorated the passing of those who passed away in 2011

  2. mark stanford // April 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm //

    i am looking for this answer as well and when my director friend arrives back in the uk in May i will pass this on to you

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