Argo wins big at BAFTA; Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway continue winning streak

Anne Hathaway (left) won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Les Miserables; Argo (right) was named Best Picture while its director, Ben Affleck, was chosen as Best Director.


Argo and Les Miserables led the winners at the 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA) on Sunday (February 10).

The Ben Affleck-directed Argo—in which he also stars—took the night’s top prize for Best Film at the ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House, while the 40-year-old star also took home the award for Best Director.

An emotional Ben—whose wife Jennifer Garner was in tears as he took to the stage—thanked the audience for accepting his transition from acting to directing, which he called his "second act."

He said: "This is a second act. The industry has given me that, you’ve given me that. I want to thank you."

The Best Film gong was accepted by Argo producer George Clooney, who hailed Ben as "incredible."

He told the crowd: "I gotta say, Ben. If this is your second act, I don’t know what you’re going to do for a third act. You’re incredible. I can’t tell you what an honor it is to work with you."

Argo also won for editing, bringing its total to three awards.

Meanwhile, Les Miserables collected four awards—the most of the night—including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway, Production Design, Sound and Hair and Make-Up.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz, director Tom Hooper said: "It’s amazing to be back here at the BAFTAs two years after The King’s Speech. It’s a real thrill. I think the British film industry is in a good place.

"I think it’s particularly good at things like Les Miserables which involves creating worlds. We built early 19th Century Paris. I could put the camera on any section of that set and the pattern and the detail would stand up to it. It’s why Spielberg and Chris Nolan keep coming back here to shoot. It’s a great place to be."

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Other big winners included Daniel Day-Lewis who won Best Actor for Lincoln, Emanuelle Riva winning Best Actress for Amour, and Christoph Waltz who took home the Best Supporting Actor gong for Django Unchained.

After the ceremony, the stars attended the official DISARONNO after party at the Grosvenor House Ballroom.

BAFTA Awards 2013 Winners List:

Best Film Argo

Best Director Ben Affleck, Argo

Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Best Original Screenplay Django Unchained

Best Adapted Screenplay Silver Linings Playbook

Best British Film Skyfall

Best Film Not in the English Language Amour

Best Animated Film Brave

Best Documentary Searching for Sugar Man

Best Editing William Goldenberg, Argo

Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

Best Original Music Thomas Newman, Skyfall

Best Make-Up & Hair Lisa Wescott, Les Misérables

Best Visual Effects Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi

Best Production Design Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson, Les Misérables

Best Sound Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst, Les Misérables

Best British Debut Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis, The Imposter

Orange Rising Star Award Juno Temple

Best Animated Short The Making of Longbird

Best Live-Action Short Swimmer


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