'The Artist' starring Jean Dujardin has continued what is seemingly a victorious weekend, winning best feature at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. 'The Artist', whilst being tipped to conquer the Oscars tonight (26 Feb 2012), won best film.

Director Michel Hazanavicius was given a police escort from the airport to Santa Monica in time to see his film pick up four awards. Other winners, which look hopeful for the Oscars, were Christopher Plummer for best supporting actor in 'Beginners' and Michelle Williams for best actress in 'My Week with Marilyn'. Best international film went to Iran's 'A Separation', while 'The Descendants' won best screenplay. The Artist also won in best direction, cinematography Jean Dujardin won best male lead. When asked about the cross-Atlantic promotion for the film, Hazanavicius said: "Physically it is tiring, but the energy is so good that you don't really feel it. We are really excited and enjoying every moment. We had the police escort from the airport - that was great - that was the best part.'

'The Artist' was actually shot in Los Angeles. Producer Thomas Langmann stated: 'This movie was made to be a tribute to Hollywood and to cinema and the best place to do it was to do it here. So to come back and be rewarded by the Hollywood community is a dream come true.' The Oscars will air tonight on Sky Movies.