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    2012 BAFTAS: Did The Artist Silence the Competition?

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    The Brits are taking over the Oscars…for this weekend at least.

    The British Film and Television Arts Awards took center stage Sunday, giving us a possible indicator for which Oscar-nominated stars could take home those coveted Academy Awards statuettes in just a couple of weeks.

    The U.K. awards show, which took place at the Royal Opera House in the Covent Garden district of London, tends to be a predictor of Oscar winners. Last year, for example, its pick for top film, The King's Speech, went on to win at the Academy Awards.

    So, is awards-show frontrunner The Artist, which led the competition with a whopping 12 nominations, the top pick for Oscar gold? 

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    It's really starting to seem like silence is golden.

    The black-and-white flick was not only dubbed Best Film at the BAFTAs, but took home awards for director, screenplay, cinematography, music and costume design to boot.

    And the film's leading man, Jean Dujardin, also won big, grabbing the award for Leading Actor.

    The Artist's Berenice Bejo couldn't defeat Meryl Streep, however, who won the Leading Actress award for her role in Iron Lady (and lost her shoe on the way up to accept the award.

    Meanwhile, it was 82-year-old Christopher Plummer who received a special honor, when he became the oldest person to ever nab a BAFTA with his win for Best Supporting Actor in Beginners

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    And the tough-to-beat Help star Octavia Spencer once again earned top honors, taking home the award for Best Supporting Actress.


    Check out the complete list of winners:

    Best Film: The Artist

    Leading Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

    Leading Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

    Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

    Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help

    Director: The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

    Original Screenplay: The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius

    Adapted Screenplay: Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Bridget O' Connor & Peter Straughan

    Film Not in the English Language: The Skin I Live In

    Animated Film: Rango

    Outstanding British Film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Tyrannosaur, Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)

    Music The Artist

    Cinematography: The Artist

    Editing: Senna

    Production Design: Hugo

    Costume Design: The Artist

    Sound: Hugo

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

    Makeup & Hair: The Iron Lady

    Short Film: Pitch Black Heist

    The Orange Rising Star Award: Adam Deacon

    Academy Fellowship: Martin Scorsese

    • Short Animation: A Morning Stroll

    • Documentary: Senna

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