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Awards Video: BAFTA Winners Streep and Dujardin Campaign for Oscar, Davis and Spencer Get Real on Smiley

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 13, 2012 at 12:26PM

Thankfully for Oscar Show ratings, while many races are seemingly locked in, the Best Actor and Best Actress race are not. This opens up an opportunity for each viral video clip, awards win, or high-profile in-depth interview to make a difference with Academy voters. Thus Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin's BAFTA wins Sunday drove forward Oscar momentum (see below).
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Meryl Streep BAFTA

Thankfully for Oscar Show ratings, while many races are seemingly locked in, the Best Actor and Best Actress race are not. This opens up an opportunity for each viral video clip, awards win, or high-profile in-depth interview to make a difference with Academy voters. Thus Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin's BAFTA wins Sunday drove forward Oscar momentum (see below).

Below, watch Streep winning the BAFTA, losing her shoe and kissing Prince Charming (presenter Colin Firth); then listen to her talk to NPR's Fresh Air. Jean Dujardin accepts his BAFTA and auditions for every villain role in Hollywood (thanks to Funny or Die), and tap-dances on Saturday Night Live. Meanwhile Streep's rival Viola Davis and her "The Help" co-star Octavia Spencer, who won the Supporting Actress BAFTA, dig into the state of things for African American thespians on the Tavis Smiley Show (below).

Jean Dujardin's Villain Auditions from Jean Dujardin

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.