Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ continues to ride momentum after big BAFTAs wins

By Daniel S Levine,

Ben Affleck’s Argo is moving like an unstoppable train as we get closer and closer to the Oscars on Feb. 24. On Sunday, the film took home more hardware after a trip to London, where the film took home the top prize at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts’ awards.

Argo won for Best Director, Editing and Best Film of the year. Of course, it marked yet another win for Affleck as director, as his Oscar snub gets more and more puzzling.

“You are remarkable at what you do. You're smart and you know what you want but more importantly you love what you're doing,” producer George Clooney told Affleck at the awards, notes Reuters.

The BAFTAs are also a surprisingly good predictor of who will win the Best Picture Oscar. As Deadline notes, the last time the BAFTAs and the Oscars disagreed was in 2007, when Atonement beat No Country For Old Men.

It was also another night where Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln went home mostly empty-handed, although Daniel Day-Lewis did win Best Actor. Spielberg was not nominated for Best Director, which was the opposite of the Oscars.

Silver Linings Playbook won best adapted screenplay, while Django Unchained won best original screenplay.

Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress, which could help her at the Oscars, even though the award is mostly seen as a race between Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook).

Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, was also a big winner. The film won Best British film, beating Les Miserables. Anne Hathaway did score a win for best supporting actress for Les Miserables.



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