"The Artist" continued its award season dominance this evening as the Oscar favorite followed up its Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and Directors Guild victories with seven more wins at this year's BAFTAs, including Best Film, Best Actor for star Jean Dujardin and Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Michel Hazanavicius.
"The Artist" also took home the trophies for Best Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Costume Design.
For a silent film, "The Artist" sure is making a lot of noise these days.
Presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the BAFTAs recognize excellence in cinema both internationally and in British film. That often gives British productions a leg up in the voting, but this year not even homegrown favorite "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" could halt "The Artist's" unstoppable momentum; despite being nominated in 11 categories, "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy" ended up winning just two BAFTAs.
On the other hand, playing British political icon Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady" may have helped Meryl Streep win the BAFTA for Best Actress, as she edged out "The Help's" Viola Davis; so far this season the two have gone back and forth, trading award wins and leaving the Oscar race anybody's guess.
The supporting categories, on the other hand, have no such mystery, as the BAFTAs joined every other organization on the planet in recognizing the efforts of Christopher Plummer (for "Beginners") and Octavia Spencer (for "The Help") in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories respectively.
Spencer, taking note of the fact that "The Help" is viewed by many as "an American movie about American problems and American history," thanked the British Academy for recognizing the film's transcendent message, according to USA Today. "I am so grateful to you for seeing past that," she said. "Because surely oppression knows no gender, no sexual orientation, no country."
And there was at least one famous British film that received its just due: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," which won the BAFTA in the Special Visual Effects category. Now that's worth a round of butterbeer for everyone.
A full list of winners can be found at the official BAFTA Awards website.