Despite an impressive 10 nominations, Steven Spielberg’s presidential biopic Lincoln walked away with only one award at last night’s BAFTA ceremony: Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. Instead, Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo was the evening’s big winner, taking Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing.
Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables won four awards, including Anne Hathaway as Best Supporting Actress and three in technical categories (Hair/Make-up, Sound, Production Design), but was beaten as Outstanding British Film by the James Bond film Skyfall.
Eighty-five-year-old Emmanuelle Riva was awarded Best Actress for her performance in Michael Haneke’s Amour, which was also named the year’s Best Foreign Film.
Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was also a double winner, with Christoph Waltz recognised as Best Supporting Actor and Tarantino awarded for his original screenplay. The Best Adapted Screenplay award went to David O. Russell for his romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook.
Other British winners included The Imposter, which took Outstanding British Debut for its director Bart Layton and producer Dimitri Doganis, and Anna Karenina, which received the award for Best Costume Design. The public voted Juno Temple the year’s Rising Star.
Tessa Ross, controller of Film and Drama at Channel 4 and a former BFI governor, was given the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, while director Alan Parker was made a BAFTA fellow.
Commenting on this year’s awards, the BFI’s CEO Amanda Nevill said:
Last night’s glittering ceremony was a fitting celebration of some of the year’s cinematic highlights and it was thrilling to see such a wide range of films from around the world collect prizes. Britain was well represented with recognition for Anna Karenina, Les Misérables, The Imposter, Lynne Ramsay and rising star Juno Temple, and I was particularly delighted to see Skyfall named Outstanding British Film – it is a most British of Bonds and is doing so much to showcase the UK’s talent, skills and stunning locations to audiences across the globe. My warmest congratulations also to Tessa Ross, a former governor of the BFI who so richly deserves recognition for her tireless and fearless work to champion UK filmmakers.
Argo – Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
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 (Director), Dimitri Doganis (Producer) – The Imposter
Film Not in the English Language
Amour – Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
Searching for Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Brave – Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Argo – Ben Affleck
Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Skyfall – Thomas Newman
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Argo – William Goldenberg
Les Misérables – Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Make-up and Hair
Les Misérables – Lisa Westcott
Les Misérables – Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst
Special Visual Effects
Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer
The Making of Longbird – Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
Swimmer – Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
The EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)