Argo Wins Best Film at Britain's Oscars

Ben Affleck takes prize for best director
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2013 4:31 PM CST
George Clooney, left, and Ben Affleck arrive for the BAFTA Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in London.   (Photo by Ki Price/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Iran-hostage drama Argo continued its journey from awards-season outsider to favorite today, winning three prizes, including best-picture, at the British Academy Film Awards. Ben Affleck was named best director for the based-on-reality story of a longshot plan to rescue a group of American diplomats from Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the film also took the editing trophy.

Daniel Day-Lewis won his universally expected best-actor trophy for Lincoln—the only prize out of 10 nominations for Steven Spielberg's historical biopic. Emmanuelle Riva, the 85-year-old French film legend, was named best actress for Michael Haneke's poignant old-age portrait Amour. It also was named best foreign-language film. Made-in-Britain French revolutionary musical Les Miserables won four prizes, including best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway. James Bond adventure Skyfall spied some elusive awards recognition, winning trophies for music and best British film. Click for more. (Read more BAFTA stories.)

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