The Bafta awards 2013 took place at the Royal Opera House, London, last night. In an awards ceremony who traditional purpose is to give a hearty back slap to the British film industry and a conciliatory pat on the shoulder to their American cousins, Ben Affleck must have been thrilled with his three Bafta haul. Other big winners were “Les Miserables” with four awards. “Lincoln” also won one of the top Bafta awards: Best Actor for Daniel Day Lewis.
“Skyfall” won Outstanding British Film at the Baftas – the first major award for the 007 franchise since 1963 when it received a cinematography nod for “From Russia With Love”. It is the UK’s most successful film in British box office history.
The evening’s other big winner was Ben Affleck who won Best Director and Best Film for “Argo”, beating off stiff competition from “Les Misérables”, “Life Of Pi”, “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty”. “Amour” star Emmanuelle Riva won Best Leading Actress.
Anne Hathaway tearfully accepted her Best Supporting Actress award from George Clooney (whom she was shocked she forgot to hug) while Christoph Waltz took home Best Supporting Actor for “Django Unchained.”
Helen Mirren caused a stir with her new pink hairstyle and poor Eddie Redmayne was forced to renege on his presentation duties because he was busy vomiting back stage.
The huge BAFTA success of Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” about the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979, which won best picture and best director, as well as editing, should give him the momentum heading into the Oscars in two weeks’ time (although the Aflleck is not up for best director).
Tom Hooper’s crowd-pleasing musical adaptation of “Les Misérables” that won for hair and makeup, production design, sound and best supporting actress. Skyfall won best British film and best score.
In the best supporting actor category, Christoph Waltz capitalised on his Golden Globes win to take the top prize for his part in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” That film also took the best original screenplay award.
More of a BAFTA surprise was David O Russell’s victory in the adapted screenplay category for his work on the script of “Silver Linings Playbook.”
The Bafta fellowship this year went to Sir Alan Parker, perhaps best known for his 1976 film “Bugsy Malone.”
The Baftas are the final major award before this year’s Oscars, which take place in a fortnight, on 24 February, in a ceremony hosted by Seth MacFarlane in Hollywood.
Best picture – Argo
Best British film – Skyfall
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 Miserables
Best original screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best adapted screenplay – David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best foreign film – Amour: Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
Best documentary – Searching for Sugar Man: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Best animation – Brave: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Best cinematography – Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Best editing – William Goldenberg, Argo
Best production design – Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson: Les Miserables
Best costume design – Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Best make up and hair -Lisa Westcott, Les Miserables
Best sound – Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst: Les Miserables
Best original music – Thomas Newman, Skyfall
Best special visual effects – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer: Life of Pi
Best short animation – The Making of Longbird: Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
Best short film – Swimmer: Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer – Bart Layton (Director), Dimitri Doganis (Producer), The Imposter
The EE Rising Star award (voted for by public) – Juno Temple