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The surprise hit silent film "The Artist" is tipped by bookies to continue its domination of the year's film awards with wins at the Baftas.

Paddy Power has given Michel Hazanavicius's film odds of 4/6 to take home the Best Picture prize at the event in February 12, with Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" given 11/4 odds.

Currently Nicholas Winding Refn's violent "Drive" is the rank outsider to take home the gong, with odds of 10/1, while literary adaptations "The Help" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" have odds of 7/1 and 4/1 respectively.

Hazanavicius is given joint front-runner status for the Best Director award, with odds of 6/5 alongside Martin Scorcese for family adventure "Hugo".

Jean Dujardin, star of "The Artist" is second favourite to Clooney to take home the best actor prize. Clooney has odds of 8/13, while Dujardin has odds of 9/4.

The clever money is with Meryl Streep, who is the 4/7 favourite to take home the prize for best actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady", a category in which "The Artist" star Berenice Bejo has the longest odds of 14/1.