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The Artist wins big at AACTA International Awards

French film The Artist was the big winner at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) International Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday 28 January.

Winning best film, silent, black and white film beat out The Descendants, Hugo, The Ides of March, Margin Call, Melancholia, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

The film’s Director Michel Hazanaicius also won for best direction while lead male, Jean Dujardin won for best Actor.

Elsewhere at the awards Meryl Streep won best actress for her role in The Iron Lady, who attended the awards.

In the best screenplay division, there were joint winners in George Clooney, Grant Hesloy and Beau Willimon for The Ides of March and J.C Chandor for Margin Call.

The international category is part of the inaugural AACTA Awards that the Australian Film Institute (AFI) has relaunched.

Damian Trewhella, AFI/AACTA CEO said: “By announcing and presenting our first ever AACTA International Awards in Los Angeles in January, we have established the AACTA Awards as part of the global screen awards conversation, drawing greater recognition for our Awards, our talented award recipients, and the Australian screen industry.”

Australians Nicole Kidman, Phillip Noyce, Liam Hemsworth, Joel Edgerton, Keith Urban, and Bella Heathcote were all in attendance as well as Streep, Russell Crowe, Harvey Weinstein and Kathy Bates.

The final ceremony in the three-part AACTA Awards will be held at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow night.

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