Argo wins, Hobbit loses out at Baftas

23:08, Feb 10 2013
George Clooney (L) and Ben Affleck arrive for the British Academy of Film and Arts (Bafta).
Anne Hathaway arrives for the British Academy of Film and Arts (Bafta).
Jessica Chastain arrives for the British Academy of Film and Arts (Bafta).
Helen Mirren arrives for the British Academy of Film and Arts (Bafta).
Actor Hugh Jackman (L) and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness arrive for the British Academy of Film and Arts (Bafta).
Martin Freeman and his wife Amanda Abbington arrive for the British Academy of Film and Arts (Bafta).
Bradley Cooper arrives for the British Academy of Film and Arts (Bafta).
Daniel Day-Lewis arrives for the British Academy of Film and Arts (Bafta).

While Iran-hostage drama Argo continued its journey from awards-season outsider to favourite at the Baftas, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey failed to bag one of the three trophies it was nominated for.

The first film of Sir Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy was nominated for best special visual effects, best sound, and best make-up and hair at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Life of Pi took out the best special effects, while musical epic Les Miserables was judged to have the best sound, make-up and hair.

The Good - Helen Mirren wore a flowing silver embroidered gown by Nicholas Oakwell, but it was her pink rinse that drew the most attention.
The Good - Nominee Marion Cotillard wore a stunning bright yellow haute couture dress by Dior, and hammed it up for the cameras, perhaps pretending that her dress was in the middle of a malfunction (much like her fellow Dior-devotee Jennifer Lawrence at the SAGs).
THE BAD: Jennifer Lawrence sported harshly slicked-back hair and wore her go-to designer Dior, but, unusually walked down the red carpet in what looked like a man's blazer. We applaud the fact she covered up in the freezing temperature, but the jacket choice is perplexing.
The Good - Jessica Chastain channelled old-Hollywood glam in a bold blue Roland Mouret gown with blue Harry Winston jewels. Amazing.
The Mixed - British singer-songwriter Paloma Faith wore a beautiful sparkling Nicholas Kirkwood gown, but all we could look at was her balloon animal of a hairdo (it gives us a headache just looking at it). But then, she's quirky, and good on her for it.
The 'Meh' - Bafta winner Anne Hathaway chose Burberry for the night: her pixie crop and flawless make-up wins points, and we applaud her for pulling off a T-shirt neckline, but that doesn't change the fact that we're bored.
The 'Meh' - Jennifer Garner wore a Roland Mouret ensemble while out to support her husband Ben Affleck. On the runway, this architectural top was paired with a jade green pencil skirt and looked very office-appropriate. That's right, like something you'd wear to the office. We like the dark nails though.
The 'Meh' - Gemma Arterton's messy-chic hair is gorgeous, and her make-up artist's done a good job as her cheekbones look like they'd cut through diamonds, but this Celia Kritharioti gown is shapeless, and the nude stripes remind us of a figure-skater's leotard.
The Bad - This isn't hurt our eyes bad, in fact, Sarah Jessica Parker's Elie Saab look is actually quite chic. But, at the end of the day this is a black jumpsuit with very little adornment, and it's a red carpet event. Maybe she helped out as a cater waiter pre-ceremony? Plus, the diamond necklace doesn't work with the outfit's high neckline.
The Not Quite - Helen McCrory, aka Narcissa Malfoy, wore a 1963 Givenchy haute couture gown. And while we dig the vintage, sustainable sensibility, we think this dress is a little too twee for the normally gothic-glam Helen. Her hubbie Damian Lewis is rocking his Burberry, but. We love a man in velvet!
The Not Quite - Andrea Riseborough's Vivienne Westwood gown was one of the many looks where the hemline fell victim to the London rain. The gown's gorgeous, but we're not a fan of the black and yellow colour combination. This is a case of a good dress meets bad styling.
The Good - Amy Adams opted for an uncharacteristically vampish Elie Saab Couture gown. And while we think the look would have been more successful with softer hair, there's no denying this Chantilly lace piece is a winner.

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.

Affleck, who has made a remarkable journey from little-regarded actor to award-winning director, dedicated his directing prize for "anyone out there who's trying to get their second act."

George Clooney, a producer of Argo, quipped: "I don't know what you're going to do for a third act."


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.

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.

The British awards, known as Baftas, are increasingly glamorous - despite a well-earned reputation for dismal weather - and ever-more scrutinized as an indicator of likely success at the Hollywood Oscars. In recent years they have prefigured Academy Awards triumph for word-of-mouth hits including Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and The Artist.

This year they spread the honours widely, with multiple trophies for Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Amour and Django Unchained, as well as Argo.

Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty was shut out of the prizes, despite five nominations.

This season's movie with momentum is crowd-pleaser Argo, which has been building steam with big prizes at ceremonies such as the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild and the Directors Guild of America Awards.

It is now considered a front-runner for the best picture award at the Oscars on February 25, even though Affleck was not nominated for best director.

Argo marks a change for Affleck, whose first two features as director - Gone Baby Gone and The Town - were set in his native Boston. In Argo he stars as Tony Mendez, a CIA agent who poses as a sci-fi filmmaker in a risky plot to rescue Americans in Tehran.

"I wanted to get as far away from Boston as I could," Affleck said. "I ended up in Iran."

Skyfall, the highest-grossing film in the Bond series' 50-year history, was named best British film - rare awards-season recognition for an action movie. Thomas Newman's score also won the best-music prize.

Director Sam Mendes said he was accepting the trophy on behalf of the "1,292 people" who worked on Skyfall.

"We all had high expectations for this film and it's fair to say all of them have been exceeded," Mendes said. "Here's to the next 50 years."

The early prizes were shared widely, with Les Mis taking trophies for sound and makeup/hair and Life of Pi receiving the honour for cinematography.

Quentin Tarantino picked up the original screenplay award for Django Unchained, and Christoph Waltz was named best supporting actor for playing a loquacious bounty hunter in Tarantino's slave-revenge thriller.

Waltz said his victory was entirely due to Tarantino - "you silver-penned devil, you."

Hathaway said she was "overjoyed" for being named best supporting actress for her brief but powerhouse performance in Les Miserables. She said she was so taken aback that "I almost walked past George Clooney without hugging him."

Writer-director David O. Russell won the adapted screenplay prize for Silver Linings Playbook, a comedy about characters confronting mental illness.

Before the ceremony, stars including Clooney, Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper braved a chilly rain that turned to snow outside the Royal Opera House.

For once it was hair, even more than frocks, that drew attention - though Marion Cotillard defied the dull weather in a canary-yellow gown. Beards were de rigour among male stars including Clooney, Affleck and Cooper, while Helen Mirren turned heads with a pink 'do, sported in honour of breast cancer awareness.

The ceremony also saw director Alan Parker receive a Bafta Fellowship, the academy's highest honour, for a career that includes Midnight Express, Fame and Mississippi Burning.

Full list of winners:

Film -  Argo

British Film -  Skyfall

Director - Ben Affleck,  Argo

Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis,  Lincoln.

Actress - Emmanuelle Riva,  Amour

Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz,  Django Unchained

Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway,  Les Miserables

Rising Star - Juno Temple

British Debut - Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis,  The Imposter

Original Screenplay - Quentin Tarantino,  Django Unchained

Adapted Screenplay - David O. Russell,  Silver Linings Playbook

Film Not in the English Language -  Amour

Music - Thomas Newman,  Skyfall

Cinematography -  Life of Pi

Editing -  Argo

Production Design - Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson,  Les Miserables

Costume Design -  Anna Karenina

Sound -  Les Miserables

Visual Effects -  Life of Pi

Makeup and Hair -  Les Miserables

Animated Feature -  Brave

Short Film -  Swimmer

Short Animation -  The Making of Longbird

Documentary -  Searching for Sugar Man

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema - Tessa Ross

Academy Fellowship - Alan Parker