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'The Artist' sweeps Australian Academy's International Awards

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For the first time, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has handed out international prizes, and Oscar frontrunner The Artist took home three of the five awards presented tonight at a ceremony in West Hollywood. The Artist won the AACTA International Awards for Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). Meanwhile, Meryl Streep won the Best Actress prize for The Iron Lady, while The Ides of March and Margin Call tied for Best Screenplay. The Artist is also up for big prizes at the Directors Guild Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards this weekend.