The Artist, a silent black-and-white movie about an actor past his peak, scooped seven prizes including best picture, director and actor at the British Academy Film Awards, or BAFTAs, on Sunday night.
Meryl Streep, also an Oscar nominee, collected the best- actress trophy for her portrayal of U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. On her way up the stage, she lost a high-heeled shoe. The award’s presenter Colin Firth chivalrously slipped the shoe back on her foot.
Started in 1947 and honoring films produced worldwide and shown in U.K. cinemas, the BAFTAs are now held before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards, or Oscars, and get more noticed than before as a gauge of the year’s winners. The Oscars will be presented in Los Angeles on Feb. 26.
Jean Dujardin, the suave French face of The Artist took to the podium after beating George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Michael Fassbender to the best-actor prize.
Actresses like Michelle Williams and Penelope Cruz opted for sculptural gowns that reference old Hollywood, while others like Tilda Swinton made a bold statement with ivory. Some of the men attendees like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe and Cuba Gooding Jr. changed it up a bit with three-piece suits, jewel-toned velvet and slim shawl-collar tuxedos.