The Artist lands three awards at BFI London Critics’ Circle

Silent movie pastiche wins film, actor and director of the year, while Olivia Colman is recognised with British award

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After scooping three Golden Globes earlier this week, The Artist continued its success with a trio of gongs at the British Film Institute’s London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.

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The silent movie, which re-creates the pre-sound era of Hollywood, won film of the year, actor of the year for French star Jean Dujardin and director of the year for Michel Hazanavicius.

Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation also collected three awards – foreign language film of the year, screenwriter of the year for Farhadi and supporting actress of the year for Sareh Bayat.

The Iron Lady took home two awards, Meryl Streep’s performance as former British PM Margaret Thatcher landing her joint honours with Anna Paquin in the actress of the year category, while Olivia Colman – overlooked in this year’s Bafta shortlist – was named British actress of the year for her performances in The Iron Lady and Tyrannosaur.

Kenneth Branagh collected the supporting actor of the year gong for his turn as Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn, with Michael Fassbender awarded British actor of the year for his performances as psychiatrist Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method and a sex addict in Shame.

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Director Lynne Ramsay accepted the Attenborough award: British film of the year for We Need to Talk about Kevin, Craig Roberts was named young British performer of the year for Submarine, and Nicolas Roeg collected the Dilys Powell award for excellence in film from friend and Hollywood legend Donald Sutherland.