Also taking home honors at the London award show: Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer

By Alison Schwartz
Updated February 12, 2012 05:25 PM
Credit: Jon Furniss/WireImage; Suzanne Plunkett/Landov

This round goes to Meryl Streep.

As the race to Oscar night continues, the best actress competition took another turn Sunday when The Iron Lady star took home top honors at the Orange British Academy Film Awards for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the Franco-British biopic.

Streep, 62, who stumbled with one of her shoes as she headed to the stage – “That couldn’t be worse,” she said while accepting her award – told the audience she was “very proud” of her film, according to The Telegraph.

Her victory at London’s Royal Opera House comes just weeks after The Help‘s Viola Davis bested her at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. (But the first round went to Streep in early January, when she graciously blew a kiss to Davis after she was awarded best dramatic actress for The Iron Lady at the Golden Globe Awards.)

Once again, Octavia Spencer earned honors for her supporting role in The Help. Also receiving another award: Christopher Plummer won supporting actor for his role in Beginners. And like Spencer, he was also recognized for his turn on the screen at the SAG Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

Awards season darling, The Artist, however, was the star of the ceremony, scooping up seven BAFTAs, including lead actor for the breakout star of the silent film, Jean Dujardin, and the night’s top prize, best picture.

For a complete list of winners, click here.