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The Artist, a French film, was a big winner at the 2012 Bafta Awards, receiving gongs for best film, best director and best actor.

Jean Dujardin, who played the lead role in The Artist, won best actor, while veteran American actress Meryl Streep was chosen as best actress, for her portrayal of Dame Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Martin Scorsese received the Academy Fellowship Award for his outstanding and exceptional contribution to films.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards, which honour the highest achievers in film, television and games distributed in the UK, took place over the weekend at the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden. High-profile Hollywood celebrities like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Penelope Cruz were all present for the occasion.

Here is the list of winners:

Academy Fellowship - Martin Scorsese

Best Actor - Jean Dujardin - The Artist

Best Actress - Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady

Best Director - Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist

Outstanding British Film - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer - The Help

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer - Tyrannosaur - Paddy Considine (director) and Diarmid Scrimshaw (producer)

Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema - John Hurt

Orange Rising Star Award - Adam Deacon

Best Documentary - Senna

Best Film Not in the English Language - The Skin I Live In (Spain)

Best Animated Feature Film - Rango

Best Original Screenplay - The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

Best Adapted Screenplay - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan

Best Cinematography - The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman

Best Original Score - The Artist - Ludovic Bource

Best Editing - Senna - Gregers Sall and Chris King

Best Production Design - Hugo

Best Costume Design - The Artist

Best Sound - Hugo

Best Special Visual Effects - Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Best Makeup and Hair - The Iron Lady

Best Short Animation - A Morning Stroll

Best Short Film - Pitch Black Heist