In what could be a preview of the Oscars, The Artist swept the top honors at the Bafta movie awards in London yesterday. The quirky black-and-white film raked in seven British movie honors, including those for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor for French star Jean Dujardin. "Some people thought there was no script because there was no dialog, so the British are very clever," said filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius when he picked up the screenplay trophy for the silent picture.
The big American winner was Meryl Streep, who scooped up the Best Actress award for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She lost a shoe on the way to the stage, and quipped: "That couldn't have gone worse." Colin Firth slipped the stiletto back on her foot in a Cinderella-esque move. The actress said the point of the sometimes controversial film was to "to locate something real, maybe hidden, but truthful in the life of someone we've all decided we know everything about already." Martin Scorcese was made a Bafta fellow. His 3-D film Hugo won awards for production and design.