‘The Artist’ and Streep win big at the Bafta film awards

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‘The Artist’ and Streep win big at the Bafta film awards


Meryl Streep

Silent movie “The Artist” and U.S. actress Meryl Streep continued their march towards Oscar glory on Sunday after scooping top awards at the Bafta, the biggest night of the British film industry.

At a celebrity-packed ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London, “The Artist” won seven gongs, including best film, best director and best original screenplay for Michel Hazanavicius and best actor for Frenchman Jean Dujardin.

Dujardin - who is also nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a silent film star threatened by the arrival of the “talkies” - paid tribute to his director, saying: “Michel, what have you done to me? It’s all your fault”.

Brushing shoulders on the red carpet earlier with Hollywood stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt, a clearly excited Dujardin told AFP that he was overwhelmed at being ranked alongside such top actors.

“To be here - it’s an honor to be nominated with such great actors, with Gary Oldman, [Michael] Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Clooney, pinch me, please!” he said, moments before beating all those named to the best actor award.

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