"Argo" wins BAFTA for best pic

The British "Oscars," hosted by George Clooney, also awards Affleck best director

By Kera Bolonik

Published February 10, 2013 11:28PM (EST)

    (Associated Press)
(Associated Press)

"Argo" nabbed the British Academy film award (BAFTA) for best picture and its director-producer Ben Affleck also nabbed an award for best directing, reports the L.A. Times. Affleck was snubbed by the Academy for a best director nom.

"Argo" got three BAFTAs total, including one for editing, for William Goldenberg’. “Lincoln,” which was favored to sweep,  with 10 nominations — came away with only one, for Daniel Day-Lewis, for leading actor.

BAFTA honored the 85-year old “Amour” star Emmanuelle Riva for best actress, who edged out “Silver Linings Playbook's” Jennifer Lawrence, “Zero Darky Thirty's” Jessica Chastain, “Rust and Bone’s” Marion Cotillard and "Hitchcock's" Helen Mirren.

Other awards went to Austrian actor Christoph Waltz for best supporting actor in “Django Unchained,” Anne Hathaway, as best supporting actress in “Les Misérables,” David O. Russell for adapted screenplay for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Quentin Tarantino for original screenplay for “Django Unchained,” “Brave” for animated feature, and “Searching for Sugarman,” for documentary.

The Academy Awards will air on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Kera Bolonik

Kera Bolonik, a writer, critic, and editor, is the executive editor of DAME Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Elle, Glamour, New York magazine, Salon, Slate, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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