In what is widely expected to be a preview of The Oscars, The Artist claimed seven awards at Britain's BAFTA awards Sunday, including best film, best director and original screenplay (Michel Hazanavicius), and best actor (Jean Dujardin). Meryl Streep won the best actress award for her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The award for best British film went to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy . Octavia Spencer received the supporting actress award for The Help, while Christopher Plummer won the supporting actor trophy for Beginners.