<em>The Artist</em> takes home the top prize at the 2012 BAFTA Awards
The Artist was named Best Film at tonight's Orange British Academy Film Awards hosted by Stephen Fry, held at London's Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Costume Design as well as a performance award for Jean Dujardin who won the Leading Actor BAFTA.

Meryl Streep was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; the film was also honoured in the Make-Up & Hair category.

The Help's Octavia Spencer won the Supporting Actress category and Christopher Plummer won Supporting Actor for his performance in Beginners.

Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay were awarded to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Senna won the Documentary and Editing BAFTAs. Hugo won two BAFTAs in Production Design and Sound. Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In won the Film Not in the English Language category and Rango won the BAFTA for Animated Film. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was awarded the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects.

Director Paddy Considine and Producer Diarmid Scrimshaw received the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for their first feature film Tyrannosaur, based upon the short film Dog Altogether that won them the Short Film BAFTA in 2008.

The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award was presented to Adam Deacon, recently seen in Anuvahood and Kidulthood. This award, the only one voted for by the public, recognises an international actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and has begun to be recognised as a film star in the making. The award is now in its seventh year and was created in honour of Mary Selway, the highly respected casting director who passed away in 2004.

A Morning Stroll won the Short Animation award and the Short Film award was presented to Pitch Black Heist.

The award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was received by John Hurt. The Fellowship, the highest accolade which the Academy can bestow, was presented to Martin Scorsese.

WINNERS

BEST FILM

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

DOCUMENTARY

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

ORIGINAL MUSIC

CINEMATOGRAPHY

EDITING

PRODUCTION DESIGN

COSTUME DESIGN

MAKE UP & HAIR

SOUND

  • Hugo - Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
  • The Artist - Nadine Muse, Gérard Lamps, Michael Krikorian
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker, Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivener
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John Casali, Howard Bargroff, Doug Cooper, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley
  • War Horse - Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymns

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

SHORT ANIMATION

  • A Morning Stroll - Grant OrchardGrant Orchard, Sue Goffe
  • Abuelas - Afarin Eghbal, Kasia Malipan, Francesca Gardiner
  • Bobby Yeah - Robert Morgan

SHORT FILM

  • Pitch Black Heist - John Maclean, Gerardine O'Flynn
  • Chalk - Martina Amati, Gavin Emerson, James Bolton, Ilaria Bernardini
  • Mwansa the Great - Rungano Nyoni, Gabriel Gauchet
  • Only Sound Remains - Arash Ashtiani, Anshu Poddar
  • Two and Two - Babak Anvari, Kit Fraser, Gavin Cullen

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD