Ben Affleck's "Argo" has done it again, continuing its seemingly unstoppable roll through awards season by being named Best Film at the EE British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday.
In a ceremony that tipped its hand when "Argo" won the award for film editing during the show's first hour, the CIA-meets-Hollywood drama won three awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), including Best Film and Best Director, the day after winning the Scripter Award in Los Angeles.
"Argo" has also won top awards from the Producers Guild, Directors Guild and Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Movie Awards.
To make the night even more complete for the director and his film, Affleck co-presented the first award of the night, which went to "Skyfall"; the film's producer George Clooney presented the Supporting Actress award to Anne Hathaway; and Affleck's wife, Jennifer Garner, co-presented the Adapted Screenplay award. to David O. Russell for "Silver Linings Playbook."
In the Leading Actress category, 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva of "Amour" won the award over Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain, giving a boost to her legitimate shot of scoring an upset at the Oscars.
Leading Actor, on the other hand, went to the prohibitive favorite: Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln." Though Steven Spielberg's film about the 16th president went into the event with a field-leading 10 nominations, Day-Lewis had its only win.
Hathaway won the Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables," as she has at almost every awards show in which the category is handed out.
Christoph Waltz won the Supporting Actor award for "Django Unchained" over Oscar contenders Tommy Lee Jones, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Alan Arkin. The final Oscar nominee, Robert De Niro for "Silver Linings Playbook," was not nominated by BAFTA. The win was Waltz' second BAFTA; he also won for "Inglourious Basterds" three years ago.
Overall, "Les Miserables" topped the field with four wins: supporting actress, makeup & hair, sound and production design. "Argo" won three, while "Skyfall," "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi" and "Amour" won two.
"Skyfall" was named Outstanding British Film, beating its tonier competition "Les Miz" and "Anna Karenina." The film has become the top-grossing movie ever in the U.K.
Pixar's "Brave" won the award for animation, while "Searching for Sugar Man" was named the best documentary.
Michael Haneke's "Amour" was named the best film not in the English language.
"Argo" won the award for editing, "Life of Pi" for cinematography, "Anna Karenina" for costumes and "Les Miserables" for sound and makeup and hair.
"We Need to Talk About Kevin" director Lynne Ramsey won the Short Film award for "Swimmer."
In the last 20 years, the BAFTA Best Film winner has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture exactly half the time, including for the last four years in a row. But before that, the two groups disagreed for four consecutive years, with BAFTA honoring "Atonement," "The Queen," "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Aviator" in place of Oscar choices "No Country for Old Men," "The Departed," "Crash" and "Million Dollar Baby."
Where in past years the BAFTAs let all members vote in each category in the nominating phase and then turned the final decisions over to specific branches — the opposite of the Oscars' process — this year it reversed the system and now matches the Academy.
Best Film: "Argo"
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 Impostor"
Film Not in the English Language: "Amour"
Documentary: "Searching for Sugar Man"
Animated Film: "Brave," Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Director: Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Original Screenplay: "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino
Adapted Screenplay: "Silver Linings Playbook," David O. Russell
Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln:
Leading Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Original Music: "Skyfall," Thomas Newman
Cinematography: "Life of Pi," Claudio Miranda
Editing: "Argo," William Goldenberg
Production Design: "Les Miserables," Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Costume Design: "Anna Karenina," Jacqueline Durran
Make Up & Hair: "Les Miserables," Lisa Westcott
Sound: "Les Miserables," 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
Short Animation: "The Making of Longbird," Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
Short Film: "Swimmer," Lynne Ramsey, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
EE Rising Star Award: Juno Temple
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award: Tessa Ross