ARGO Wins Best Film and Best Director at BAFTAs; SKYFALL Wins Best British Film

     February 10, 2013


Is an Argo Best Picture win now inevitable?  The 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA Awards) were handed out this evening, and director Ben Affleck’s thriller continued its domination of awards season by landing the Best Film and Best Director prizes.  The BAFTAs have always been an important bellwether for predicting Oscar, but they may be even more in tune with the Academy this year as a rule change allowed the entire BAFTA voting body to vote on every award (like the Oscars), instead of writers only voting for screenplay, actors only voting for acting, etc.

Les Miserables won the most BAFTAs of the night, taking home four trophies including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway (duh) and Best Production Design (over Anna Karenina? Really?).  The winners actually lined up pretty closely with my current Oscar predictions, though most were surprised to see David O. Russell take home the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar over Lincoln and ArgoJessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence were also overtaken in Best Actress by Emmanuel Riva for Amour, who has emerged as a strong possibility in a tough category.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

argo-bafta-posterHere’s the list of winners for the 2013 BAFTAs:

  • Best Film – Argo
  • Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Best Actress – Emmanuel Riva, Amour
  • Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Best Director – Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Best Production Design – Les Miserables
  • Best Cinematography – Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
  • Special Visual Effects – Life of Pi
  • Best Editing – William Goldenberg, Argo
  • Best Sound – Les Miserables
  • Best Make Up & Hair – Les Miserables
  • Best Costume Design – Anna Karenina
  • Best Original Music – Thomas Newman, Skyfall
  • Best Documentary – Searching for Sugar Man
  • Best Animated Film – Brave
  • Best Film Not in the English Language – Amour
  • Best British Film – Skyfall
  • Best Short Film – Swimmer
  • Best Short Animation – The Making of Longbird
  • Outstanding British Debut – Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis, The Imposter
  • Rising Star Award – Juno Temple
  • Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema – Tessa Ross
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