It was a night of triumph for silent movie, The Artist, at last night's Orange British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. It received a total of seven awards including Best Film, Best Director for Michael Hazanavicius, Leading Actor for Jean Dujardin, Best Original Music and even Best Screenplay. Other winners included Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which was named Outstanding British Film, Meryl Streep for Leading Actress for The Iron Lady, John Hurt was honoured with the 'Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema' and Martin Scorsese was presented with the BAFTA Fellowship in recognition of his exceptional contribution to Film.
Speaking as he picked up 'Best Screenplay', the Artist Director Michael Hazanavicius said: "Some people thought there was no script because there was no dialogue so the British are very clever."
Champagne Taittinger, official Champagne Partner to the British Academy for the 10th year running, once again added extra sparkle to the proceedings. Special BAFTA labelled Magnums and 75cl bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve were produced for the Awards. A bottle was also included in the gift bags, given to all nominees and presenters. Taittinger is one of the few premium Champagne houses to remain owned and actively managed by the named family. It is proud of its decade supporting the work of BAFTA to acknowledge and encourage the highest achievements in film and television.
Villa Maria wines from New Zealand, the Official Wine Partner to the Academy, were also served at the Awards dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, with Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 providing the perfect complement to the delicious food. 2012 sees Villa Maria's Founder, Sir George Fistonich, celebrating his 50th vintage at the helm of New Zealand's most awarded winery.
Asprey, Escada, Lancôme, Charles Worthington, Hackett and Savoy were the style partners to BAFTA and the stars.