An otherwise predictable BAFTAs was livened up when Meryl Streep had a footwear malfunction.
As expected, 'The Artist' continued its inevitable march towards Oscar glory by scooping up the big gongs, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.
But the sedate ceremony, which was broadcast on BBC1, briefly came to life when Streep made a right mess of collecting her Best Actress gong and needed a helping hand from Colin Firth.
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After her name was read out, the actress seemed unsure whether she needed her sparkly clutch bag. She started carrying it towards the stage, only to stop, shake her head and hand it to an audience member.
Then as she walked across the stage her shoe fell off. She paused, pointed at it, then abandoned the rogue itemRead More »from BAFTAs 2012: Meryl Streep loses shoe while collecting award