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'The Artist' named best picture at UK film awards
'The Artist' named best picture at British Academy Film Awards; 7 trophies in all
By The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) ' Silent movie "The Artist" is the big winner at the British Academy Film awards, taking seven prizes including best picture.

The French film's star, Jean Dujardin, won the best actor trophy Sunday, while Michel Hazanavicius was named best director.

"The Artist" also won trophies for screenplay, cinematography, music and costume design at Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.



The movie is a strong favorite for the Hollywood Oscars on Feb. 26, with 10 nominations.

Meryl Streep was named best actress for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LONDON (AP) ' Silent movie "The Artist" has won a handful of prizes at the British Academy Film awards, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.

The French film's star, Jean Dujardin, won the best actor trophy, while Michel Hazanavicius was named best director. "The Artist" also won trophies for screenplay, cinematography, music and costume design.

The movie had 12 nominations in all, and the best picture prize is still to come Sunday.

Meryl Streep was named best actress for playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."


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