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'The Artist' Has Big Night at the BAFTAs, Wins Seven Awards

"The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Artist captured seven awards Sunday night at the BAFTAs, the British equivalent to the Oscars.

The silent movie was named best film, and its lead star, Jean Dujardin, received the best leading actor prize.  Michel Hazanavicius earned awards for best director and best original screenplay for his work on The Artist.

Meryl Streep won the award for best leading actress, for The Iron Lady.  The supporting actor and actress prizes went to Beginners star Christopher Plummer and The Help star Octavia Spencer, respectively.

The Gary Oldman drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy received the award for outstanding British film.

Here are the winners in the major categories at the BAFTAs, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts:

Best Film
The Artist

Outstanding British Film
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Leading Actor
Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Leading Actress
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Rising Star

Adam Deacon

Best Original Screenplay
The Artist

Best Adapted Screenplay
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Animated Feature

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

John Hurt

Academy Fellowship
Martin Scorsese

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