BAFTAs 2013: Argo named best film as honours spread evenly
Story by Jack Foley
HONOURS were spread evenly at the 2013 BAFTA Awards with several prizes going to Ben Affleck’s Argo, James Bond movie Skyfall, the musical version of Les Miserables and audience favourite Silver Linings Playbook.
There were also one or two surprises, with perhaps the biggest coming in the best actress category, which went to Amour‘s Emmanuelle Riva.
The 85-year-old, who made history by becoming the oldest actress to be nominated for an Oscar, beat competition from the likes of pre-awards favourite Jennifer Lawrence, Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain and Dame Helen Mirren.
But the biggest winner overall was perhaps Argo, which was named Best Film and which won the best director prize for Affleck. It also picked up a third award for editing for William Goldenberg.
The film follows the true story of how a group of US Embassy workers were rescued from Iran during the height of a revolution and is now seen as a firm favourite for Oscar success in the best picture category.
Daniel Day-Lewis took home the best actor prize for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln – the only prize the historical epic took during the evening (another of the night’s surprises).
Anne Hathaway drew large cheers after being crowned best supporting actress for her role in Les Miserables. She received her trophy from George Clooney.
And Christoph Waltz was a popular winner of the best supporting actor prize for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. The controversial western also picked up the best original screenplay for the director himself, prompting him to thank BAFTA and label it a “terrific organisation”.
Despite being snubbed in the best film and best director categories, James Bond movie Skyfall still managed to land one of the night’s biggest prizes after being named Outstanding British Film. It also won an award for original music for Thomas Newman.
Further awards went to Disney-Pixar release Brave, which won best animated movie, Lynne Ramsay’s Swimmer, which won best short film and The Making of Longbird took home the prize for best short animation.
Danny Boyle presented the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema to Film 4’s Tessa Ross, hailing her beforehand as “a genius”.
Juno Temple took the EE Rising Star Award, the only accolade voted for by the public, beating the likes of Andrea Riseborough and Elizabeth Olsen.
And this year’s BAFTA Fellowship was presented to director Sir Alan Parker, whose films include The Commitments and Bugsy Malone. The Fellowship is the highest accolade the Academy can bestow and was presented last year to Martin Scorsese.
This year’s ceremony took place at the Royal Opera House in London and was presented, as ever, by Stephen Fry.