The Artist’s award season success continued at Sunday night’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards in London, as the acclaimed silent film racked up seven awards, including the honors for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (both Michel Hazanavicius).
“So many people thought there was no script because there was no dialogue,” Hazanavicius said after accepting the award from presenter Brad Pitt.
In his acceptance speech, Dujardin announced he was “shocked to receive this award from the country of Laurence Olivier, William Webb Ellis, and Benny Hill — C’est incroyable!”
Other notable winners on the night included Meryl Streep, who took home the Best Actress for her role of ex-English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady; and Martin Scorsese, whose Hugo won for Best Sound and Best Production Design.
“Somebody once said the fate of the well known is to be misunderstood,” Streep said in her acceptance speech.
We’ll see if The Artist can sustain its white hot momentum at the 84th annual Academy Awards, which takes place in Los Angeles Sunday, February 26.