BAFTA Awards

2013 BAFTA Award Winners Crown 'Argo' with Best Picture and Director

'Argo's run to Oscar's Best Picture continues in London

2013 BAFTA award winnersThe 2013 BAFTA Awards were just handed out and while Lincoln led the way with ten nominations, it was Argo that came away the night's big winner taking home awards for Best Film, Director (Ben Affleck) and Film Editing. Affleck's film continues its march to the 2013 Oscars, though the question of who will win the Academy's Best Director award remains a question with Affleck sweeping the precursors, but not nominated at the Oscars.

Other big wins for the night include Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) winning Best Actor and Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) winning Best Supporting Actress while Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) edged out the competition for Best Supporting Actor and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) topped both Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) for Best Actress.

Amour also took home Best Film Not In English while Skyfall went home with the Best British Film award.

The screenplay categories offer up a couple of interesting wins with Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained script winning for Original Screenplay and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook screenplay winning in the Adapted category, both edging out competition that included Amour, The Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and Lincoln.

Additionally, while only one win was in the major categories, Les Miserables led the way with four awards, Searching for Sugar Man won Best Documentary and Brave took home Best Animated Feature.

Life of Pi went home with two awards, for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography.

I have updated the Oscar Overture with Argo's win as the likelihood it will be this year's Oscar winner for Best Picture becomes more and more inevitable.

Otherwise, I have included all the winners below, highlighted in bold red text.

Best Film

  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Les Misérables
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best British Film

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Skyfall

Best Director

  • Michael Haneke (Amour)
  • Ben Affleck (Argo)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
  • Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor

  • Ben Affleck (Argo)
  • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
  • Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)

Best Actress

  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
  • Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin (Argo)
  • Javier Bardem (Skyfall)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
  • Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams (The Master)
  • Judi Dench (Skyfall)
  • Sally Field (Lincoln)
  • Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
  • Helen Hunt (The Sessions

Best Original Screenplay

  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour
  • Headhunters
  • The Hunt
  • The Intouchables
  • Rust and Bone

Best Documentary

  • The Imposter
  • Marley
  • McCullin
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • West of Memphis

Best Animated Film

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman

Best Cinematography

  • Anna Karenina
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Les Misérables
  • Skyfall

Best Production Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Les Misérables
  • Skyfall

Best Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Great Expectations
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Film Editing

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Makeup & Hair

  • Anna Karenina
  • Hitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Lincoln
  • Les Misérables

Best Original Music

  • Anna Karenina
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Best Sound

  • Django Unchained
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Les Misérables
  • Skyfall

Best Visual Effects

  • The Avengers
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Prometheus

Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

  • Thina Garavi (writer/director) (I Am Nasrine)
  • Bart Layton (writer) and Dimitri Doganis (producer) (The Imposter)
  • David Morris (director) and Jacqui Morris (director/producer) (McCullin)
  • James Bobin (director) (The Muppets)
  • Dexter Fletcher (writer/director) and Danny King (writer) (Wild Bill)

Rising Star Award

  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Suraj Sharma
  • Juno Temple
  • Alicia Vikander
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  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    ARGO winning makes me sad.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HelloKitty/ Hello Kitty

      Correct me if I'm wrong but haven't you said the exact same thing in other posts.

      • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

        I have indeed. Repetition for emphasis, right?

    • Chris138

      It's not worth being sad over who wins awards or not. If a group of people think it's the best movie of the year, that's fine I guess. A movie like Les Miserables, which I don't really care for, could win and it wouldn't mean a thing to me unless I was involved in its production, which I wasn't. So who cares, really.

      • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

        It really isn't worth being sad over, but I am anyways. It's the fact that Argo is my least favorite out of all the nominees that disappoints me. I just wish that something else that's 'more worthy' in my eyes to win does indeed win, but I know that my hope is to no avail at this point. It's just hard for me to come to terms with the fact that some people, apparently a lot of people, think that Argo is the best film of the year. That feels very weird to me...

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        Well, for me, an Argo win symbolizes much more than just bad taste. Argo is a political film which endorses and praises the CIA and vilifies Iran in a time when a war with Iran is imminent. So when a film like Argo wins mass praise and attention, the views expressed in the film become accepted and re-enforced. So for me, the implications of an Argo win are very troubling (and if you think cinema doesn't have an impact on the way people think, you're seriously underestimating the power of cinema).

        • Liathach

          I agree completely, AS. Why the British should vote for this self-congratulatory American film that glorifies the CIA and Hollywood, I just don't understand. In the BBC's red-carpet interview, Clooney said that the film wasn't 'political' and was just supposed to be entertaining. I don't buy that one.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Very happy QT and Waltz won for Django. Argo was a safe bet so not disappointed there for best picture. My main disappointment is Best Director. I honestly don't think Argo was a directorial achievement to deserve that. Wanted Ang Lee for best director.

  • Winchester

    I think I'm of the opinion that Lincoln is going home on Oscar night only with Day Lewis winning (and frankly given how bizarre Oscar night is going to seem I actually would not be surprised if he didn't even do that) and nothing else. If he didn't win they could always give it to Phoenix to piss him off

    Argo seems unstoppable for Best Picture so I think I may shift my thoughts on Best Director to someone totally unexpected like Haneke.

    Hathaway stays a lock for Supporting Actress and this may give Waltz a push for Best Supporting Actor (would that be the first time an actor has one two Oscars under the same director?).

    I don't think Riva's win alters the Jessica/Jennifer dance much though.

    • Winchester

      Substitute 'won' for 'one' in the Waltz question.

      Oh, and Skyfall winning was a no brainer strategic move purposely to give it recognition so Best British Film was going nowhere else anyway.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Orhan94/ Orhan94

        Well, of the top of my head Diane Weist won both her Oscars for Woody Allen films "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Bullets Over Broadway" and Nicholson has won for "As Good as It Gets" and "Terms of Endearment" - both directed by James L. Brooks, and Wikipedia also tells me that Walter Brennan won two of his Oscars for William Wyler pictures ("Come and Get It" and "The Westerners"). So if Waltz is the one to repeat among the five nominees, it wouldn't be unpresedented

        • Winchester

          Ah, I had totally forgotten Weist and Nicholson. Indeed, not something new if it happened then.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

      I still think that Lincoln has the best adapted screenplay win as well as Best Director. Tommy Lee is an uncertain but possible chance as well.

  • http://thebioscopist.com TheBioscopist

    I called "Searching For Sugar Man" waaay back in August and I'm certain it'll go on to win the Oscar too. I felt the awards given to Ben Affleck and Argo was a nice FU to the Oscars. I just finished live blogging this and damn was it hard....but hopefully I'll have the knack of it by the time the Oscars come around.

  • http://thebioscopist.com TheBioscopist

    "The Oscars can Argo F**k themselves" - Ben Aflleck

  • JN Films

    When I saw 'Brave' win animated film I almost hurled.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      Why? Brave was actually a pretty good movie in my opinion.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      I don't really know what the criteria is for best animated film. I dont know if its the animation or the animation and story. Wreck it ralph had a better story. But if the award is based on the animation the brave is definitely better.

      • http://n/a Stiggy

        To be elegible for a BAFTA a film had to have a UK cinema release between Feburary 2012 and January 2013. Wreck it Ralph has only just been released here in Febuary 2013 so it came out too late to qualify.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Juno Temple? Over Suraj Sharma?

    Although, I'm still unclear whether Killer Joe is considered 2011 or 2012. Was the general consensus that Temple was good in that? I haven't seen it so I don't know. .

    • http://n/a Stiggy

      More likely it was the Dark Knight Rises fanboy vote that swung it in Juno's favour.

  • Manu

    Do the Baftas have any meaningful impact on the Oscar race? I posed a similar question in the podcast section as well.

    I also agree with Fox on the Juno Temple win over Sharma? But this is voted public so what "standards" are being set?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      Ahh, I didn't know it was voted by the public. That makes a bit more sense.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      The last 4 years the winner of bafta best picture & director and the oscar best picture & director have been the same. Although that might change slightly this year considering Affleck is not nominated for director at oscar. BAFTA is a better predictor for the Oscars than the Globes or Critics' Choice. A lot of times both BAFTA and Oscars end up giving the award to the same contender. Especially the past few years.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Manu/ Manu

        I'm just curious to see how this is going to pan out this year considering Affleck isn't up for a best director nod at the Oscars.

        Moreover, do you also believe that Bafta is a better predictor for the acting categories as well? In '09 Penn lost at the Bafta but won the Oscars. In 12 Streep won both.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

          For the acting category, its been a better predictor in the past couple of years than before that. Still not the best predictor for the acting categories though. DDL is a lock for best actor, but for best actress i have no idea.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HelloKitty/ Hello Kitty

    I'm reading Argo right now and the English consulate sure blew it with the hostages. I'm very happy with their choices, as I usually am every year.

    • Liathach

      According to the British (not English) Ambassador of the time, that is completely inaccurate. He was outraged at the movie's portrayal of events.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lawhs89/ lawhs89

    So why did Ben Afflick not get nominated for Best Director? Is the movie viewed as better now then it was during the Oscar voting period?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jennifer/ Jennifer

    How did Skyfall win Best British Film over Les Misérables? I don't have anything to say about Skyfall, I just think Les Mis is on a different level.

    • http://n/a Stiggy

      Didn't Les Mis appear on AFI's (American Film Institute) top 10? Something fiishy's going on here. Seven Psycopaths isn't a British film either. It was more Irish than British.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

        There are various criteria that need to be met to be qualified as a British film and basically Seven Psychopaths meets them. Furthermore, it was fully UK funded by Film 4.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

        Seven Psychopaths is produced by Film4 and British Film Institute both of them being british Studios. Hence, it's a british film.

  • Newbourne

    How is it that Les Miserables is the only British film nominated for Best Picture and yet it loses Best British film? Similarly, how can Skyfall be the Best British Film and yet not beat out Les Mis for the Best Film nomination?

    I never take the Baftas seriously. These nominations are just silly.

    • Tombeet

      For me that's what I like about the Baftas. Remember in 2009 An Education was a favourite to win Best filn, but in the end they even lost the British award to Fish Tank, which honestly I think a very brave choice.

    • Liathach

      I could be wrong but I think best film is voted for by BAFTA's membership, and best British film is selected by a panel.

  • Dale

    Glad about "Argo" winning with the Brits. I think this further cements the movie's chances for the Oscar. And Stephen Fry was a fantastic host - right on the mark with a smooth presentation and a nice balance of seriousness and dry humor.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    Very happy about the following:

    Skyfall for Best British Film
    Django for Supporting Actor & Original Screenplay
    Silver Linings Playbook for Adapted Screenplay
    Juno Temple for Rising Star Award

    Also, Stephen Fry, as always, was terrific. How come America can't get someone as intelligent and witty to host an award show?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jennifer/ Jennifer

      Did you forget about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        To compare the eloquence and brilliance of Stephen Fry to Poehler & Fey is.... well... don't even get me started.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jennifer/ Jennifer

          I don't know much about Fry so I can't really comment on his abilities, but in comparing Fey and Poehler to recent hosts of the Globes and Oscars, they did fantastic. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard during an opening monologue (Technically it was a dialogue).

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      I guess we need it to dumb it down for the american audience? Oh and another thing I noticed was there was not commercials when the BAFTA was broadcasted live. With the Oscars, we have commercials every 15 mins and it lasts much longer.

      Very happy with Django for Supporting Actor & Original Screenplay as well. Hope QT and Waltz with the Oscars too this year.

      • Stiggy

        That's because it was shown on BBC. ITV aired Dancing on Ice: the Skate Off.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Manu/ Manu

        As far as I know the BAFTA is pre-recorded and aired on the same day.

    • http://thebioscopist.com TheBioscopist

      Well yeah, Americans do....he's called Laremy Legel. I also second Jennifer's Tina Fey and Any Poehler suggestion.

    • Stiggy

      Remember though in past years we had Wossy on hosting duties before he buggered off to ITV. I get the sense that Stephen Fry hosted it this year because he's still on a BBC contract. That said Alexander Armstrong would make a brilliant host.