BAFTA Honours ARGO, LES MISERABLES and SKYFALL

James Marsh, Asian Editor
Last night saw the awards train hit London for the British Academy Film & Television Awards, with Ben Affleck's Argo, Tom Hooper's Les Miserables and Sam Mendes' Skyfall emerging as the big winners on the night. Since they were re-scheduled to appear before the Oscars in the Awards Calendar, the BAFTAs have gained in respect and relevance, as well as managing to draw a far larger contingent of celebrity nominees to their gala event. Occasionally drawing criticism for nominating films that have yet to play widely on home turf in an effort to stay timely, the BAFTAs have been known to go against the grain of other awards bodies, most typically favouring British and European talent over Hollywood favourites.

This year saw a combination of the two, as Ben Affleck's Iranian hostage thriller Argo took home three awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing, while Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of Les Miserables scored four awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway, Best Sound, Best Production Design and Best Hair & Make-Up. Sam Mendes' 50th Anniversary Bond film, Skyfall - which has been noticably snubbed in the Oscar nominations - picked up two BAFTAS, for Best Score and more importantly, beat out stiff competition to win the coveted Best British Film award.

The biggest surprise of the night came in the Best Actress category, where 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva bested the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain to win for her performance as a stroke victim in Michael Haneke's Amour, which also won Best Foregin Language film. Daniel Day Lewis was named Best Actor (collecting Lincoln's only award of the evening, despite 10 nominations), while other winners included Django Unchained, which picked up awards for Quentin Tarantino's Original Screenplay and Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor. Ang Lee's surprise blockbuster Life of Pi took home the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects, while David O'Russell won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for Silver Linings Playbook.

The full list of winners:

Best Adapted Screenplay - Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)

Best Animated Film - Brave (Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman)

Best Cinematography - Life Of Pi (Claudio Miranda)

Best Costume Design - Anna Karenina (Jacqueline Durran)

Best Director - Ben Affleck (Argo)

Best Documentary - Searching For Sugar Man (Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn)

EE Rising Star (voted for by the public) - Juno Temple

Best Editing - Argo (William Goldenberg)

Fellowship Award - Sir Alan Parker

Best Film - Argo (Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney)

Best Film not in the English Language - Amour (Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz)

Best Leading Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Best Leading Actress - Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)

Best Make-Up And Hair - Les Misérables (Lisa Westcott)

Best Original Film Music - Skyfall (Thomas Newman)

Best Original Screenplay - Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)

Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema - Tessa Ross

Outstanding British Film - Skyfall (Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan)

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer - Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis (The Imposter)

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

Best Short Animation - The Making Of Longbird (Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson)

Best Short Film - Swimmer (Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw)

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

Best Special Visual Effects - Life Of Pi (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott)

Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Last night saw the awards train hit London for the British Academy Film & Television Awards, with Ben Affleck's Argo, Tom Hooper's Les Miserables and Sam Mendes' Skyfall emerging as the big winners on the night. "

    I still haven´t seen Skyfall & Les Miserables.......but soon I hope.

    "Best Documentary - Searching For Sugar Man (Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn)"
    I´m glad for Bendjelloul.......tabloids here in Sweden have been writing about the BAFTA win......thanks for list Mr Marsh.

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