'The Artist' sweeps the board at the BAFTAs

Monday February 13, 2012

Russell Crowe congratulates Jean Dujardin, star of The Artist, which made off with seven awards at the BAFTAS.

The silent movie that has had cinema-goers in raptures picked trophies in the best actor, best film and best director categories.

Asked to explain the film's success Jean's co-star Berenice Bejo said: "You don't need words to say I love you."

Elsewhere, Meryl Streep was recognised as best actress for The Iron Lady.

And Christopher Plummer became the oldest winner of a BAFTA for his supporting role in Beginners.

The Help's Octavia Spencer took home a best supporting actress award for her portrayal of feisty maid in the civil rights drama.

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