2012 BAFTA Winners Prove Everyone is In Love with 'The Artist'

The Artist wins 2012 BAFTAsThe 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) were held tonight at which The Artist was named Best Film along with six other awards including Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Original Screenplay and Actor (Jean Dujardin). The film also took home awards for cinematography, costume design and original music.

None of this comes as much of a surprise as The Artist is now, and has been for some time, considered the front-runner for Best Picture at the Oscars and has slowly been gaining steam in other categories including director and actor, especially as Dujardin has been charming American and international audiences with his latest Funny or Die skit and an appearance on "Saturday Night Live".

In other awards, Meryl Streep won for Best Actress, adding more fuel to the competition between her and The Help's Viola Davis, a film that found itself in the winner's circle with Octavia Spencer winning Best Supporting Actress. Christopher Plummer continued his Supporting domination with a win for his performance in Beginners.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy won for Best British Film and Original Screenplay while Senna, a documentary that didn't even make the Academy's shortlist, won for Best Documentary as well as Film Editing.

Rango won for Best Animated Film and Paddy Considine won a very well deserved award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for his excellent film, Tyrannosaur.

Outside of The Artist's seven wins it was a very staggered field with several films taking two awards each. I have highlighted the winners in bold red directly below along with the nominees. I've also updated the "Oscar Overture" section of the site with The Artist win as it continues to clean house.

Anyone want to predict it doesn't win the Oscar for Best Picture at this point?


  • The Artist (Thomas Langmann)
  • The Descendants (Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor)
  • Drive (Marc Platt, Adam Siegel)
  • The Help (Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo)


  • My Week with Marilyn (Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges)
  • Senna (Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey)
  • Shame (Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo,
    Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan)
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno, Rory Stewart Kinnear)


  • Attack the Block, Joe Cornish (Director/Writer)
  • Black Pond, Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)
  • Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes (Director)
  • Submarine, Richard Ayoade (Director/Writer)
  • Tyrannosaur, Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)


  • Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, Luc Déry, Kim McGraw)
  • Pina (Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel)
  • Potiche (François Ozon, Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer)
  • A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
  • The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar)


  • George Harrison: Living in the Material World (Martin Scorsese)
  • Project Nim (James Marsh, Simon Chinn)
  • Senna (Asif Kapadia)


  • The Adventures of Tintin (Steven Spielberg)
  • Arthur Christmas (Sarah Smith)
  • Rango (Gore Verbinski)


  • The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
  • Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn)
  • Hugo (Martin Scorsese)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson)
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin (Lynne Ramsay)


  • The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius)
  • Bridesmaids (Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig)
  • The Guard (John Michael McDonagh)
  • The Iron Lady (Abi Morgan)
  • Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)


  • The Descendants (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash)
  • The Help (Tate Taylor)
  • The Ides of March (George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon)
  • Moneyball (Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan)


  • Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
  • Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
  • George Clooney (The Descendants)
  • Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
  • Michael Fassbender (Shame)


  • Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
  • Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
  • Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
  • Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk about Kevin)
  • Viola Davis (The Help)


  • Christopher Plummer ( Beginners)
  • Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady)
  • Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
  • Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides of March)


  • Carey Mulligan (Drive)
  • Jessica Chastain (The Help)
  • Judi Dench (My Week with Marilyn)
  • Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
  • Octavia Spencer (The Help)


  • The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)
  • Hugo (Howard Shore)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Alberto Iglesias)
  • War Horse (John Williams)


  • The Artist (Guillaume Schiffman)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Jeff Cronenweth)
  • Hugo (Robert Richardson)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Hoyte van Hoytema)
  • War Horse (Janusz Kaminski)


  • The Artist (Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius)
  • Drive (Mat Newman)
  • Hugo (Thelma Schoonmaker)
  • Senna (Gregers Sall, Chris King)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dino Jonsater)


  • The Artist (Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan)
  • Hugo (Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald)
  • War Horse (Rick Carter, Lee Sandales)


  • The Artist (Mark Bridges)
  • Hugo (Sandy Powell)
  • Jane Eyre (Michael O'Connor)
  • My Week with Marilyn (Jill Taylor)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Jacqueline Durran)


  • The Artist (Julie Hewett, Cydney Cornell)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin)
  • Hugo (Morag Ross, Jan Archibald)
  • The Iron Lady (Marese Langan)
  • My Week with Marilyn (Jenny Shircore)


  • The Artist (Nadine Muse, Gérard Lamps, Michael Krikorian)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker, Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivener)
  • Hugo (Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (John Casali, Howard Bargroff, Doug Cooper, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley)
  • War Horse (Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymns)


  • The Adventures of Tintin (Joe Letteri)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler, David Vickery)
  • Hugo (Rob Legato, Ben Grossman, Joss Williams)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White)
  • War Horse (Ben Morris, Neil Corbould)


  • Abuelas
  • Bobby Yeah
  • A Morning Stroll


  • Chalk
  • Mwansa the Great
  • Only Sound Remains
  • Pitch Black Heist
  • Two and Two


  • Adam Deacon
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Chris O'Dowd
  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Tom Hiddleston

  • Tom

    Sorry, but I just don't think The Artist was all that great of a film. May be even more overrated than Bridesmaids.

    • Älskling

      I agree about The Artist.. It was entertaining, to be sure, clever and diverting, but it was feather light and paper thin. There's nothing resonant about it at all.

    • gustavo

      I thought I was the only one!!. Don't get me wrong the movie is beautiful and is well acted but to me, the artist is not a movie that that I will remember. I've watched 7 of the 9 nominees and in my personal list the artist ranks 6th. my three favorites are the help, the tree of life and the descendants.

  • Ian

    Wow, I really expected the BAFTAs to do their own thing and recognize Tinker Tailor, or at least recognize Oldman. The Artist is guaranteed to win Picture and Director at the Oscars, but I think we can call Dujardin a lock for Best Actor at this point as well. The screenplay win over Midnight in Paris is interesting as well; I've always thought those two were much closer than most people seem to think and wouldn't be surprised to see The Artist take the Oscar as well.

  • Curtis

    Jean Dujardin's win for Best Actor has made it even harder for me to decide if George Clooney will still take it in the end. I don't have anything against Dujardin at all, but I want the categories to be as easy to predict as they can. Personally, I'm rooting for Gary Oldman for the Oscar, but, sadly, it likely won't happen. I was also a little shocked to see Meryl Streep win for The Iron Lady. I still think Viola Davis will win the Oscar, though. Aside from these and TTSS's win for Adapted Screenplay, the outcome of the other major awards did not surprise me at all.

    On the technical side, I was overjoyed to see Harry Potter win Best Visual Effects (please win the Oscar over Apes!), though I feel Potter was robbed of the Best Makeup award. I honestly don't see why so many people think The Iron Lady is the front-runner in this category. Harry Potter's makeup was a lot better. I hope the Academy doesn't pull fantasy bias on this category and give it to The Iron Lady simply because of Meryl Streep. That would be pure injustice. I would also like to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo win an Oscar because that was a thrilling movie.

  • Arturo

    I think this helps Dujardin to lock Best Actor. The interesting race to me seems to be Best Actress. Davis took Critics choice and the SAG while Streep took the Golden Globe and now the BAFTA. Do you guys think Streep can upset Davis at the Oscars?

    • Kevin

      I do not think it would be considered an upset if Meryl Streep wins Best Actress over Viola Davis. She has already beaten Davis at the Golden Globes and the British Academy Awards. Davis beat Streep at the SAG's and Critics Choice. I think it is going to be an incredibly close vote. And I still don't think Dujardin is a lock for Best Actor over Clooney. I do think The Artist is a lock for Best Picture and Best Director. Just like Best Actress, I feel the Best Actor is a toss up, to be decided by the slimmest of margins. I think it makes Oscar night REALLY exciting and suspenseful.

  • med

    Streep nailed her acceptance speech and the Globe and BAFTA wins have to give her the edge for Oscar.

  • William

    This put the nail in the coffin....or hammered it in more anyway. Wake me up for next year's Oscar race, hopefully Oldman will be in again with a better chance at winning.

  • Jake

    Ugh I am just in shock of everyone's universal love of the artist. So boring, so overrated but honestly giving jean dejuardin best actor is just overkill-- he does not give the performance of the year. It's hard to ignore clooney's powerful performance. I wish the oscars were in march, give the academy time to really think about their choice

  • Steve R.

    I haven't seen The Artist yet, because it hasn't played in my city (and maybe it won't), but I thought Clooney's performance in The Descendants was absolutely spot-on. I was also quite impressed with Brad Pitt's performance in Moneyball.

    • Kevin

      I would highly recommend you see THE ARTIST. Please do not be discouraged by the medicore (or less than) response by some of the people on this site. It is a fantastic film. If you love movies, you should see this film. It is one of the most unique and best films I have seen this year!

    • gustavo

      I suggest you to watch the artist because the only person who can say if you like ir or not is you!!. In my opinion I think the artist is a good movie, It is indeed unique, I think the performances of Berenice Bejo and specially Jean Dujardin were very good. I think the storyline is good but not great, The final part I think it was a little too rushed. It is very artistic and beautiful, but I think there are better movies than the artist this year, to me It's a little bit overrated like the winners of the past two years. So watch it and tell us what you think ;). I think everyone has the right to like or dislike a movie, but I agree with Kevin in the part that everone should say why they dislike or like the movies, give us a reason so we can understand.

  • Leo

    1. The Skin I Live In over A Separation??
    2. Harry Potter over Rise of the Planet of the Apes??
    3. The Tree of Life wasn't even nominated for Cinematography.

  • José


  • Risa

    I thought this year Bafta were the fairest with nominations and the awards, apart from that little hitch with awarding Skin I Live In over A Separation. But I also do think that "Skin" was robbed of an Oscar Nom