AFFLECK, ARGO, WIN BRITAIN’S OSCARS
In yet a further embarrassment to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which had failed to nominate him in the Best Director category, Ben Affleck received the director’s top prize at Sunday night’s BAFTA awards, the British equivalent of the Oscars, and his film, Argo, was named Best Film. Affleck has now won the director’s award at virtually every major awards ceremony this year. At the BAFTAS, he was competing against Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Michael Haneke (Amour), and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained). In the Best Film category (Affleck also co-produced Argo with Grant Heslov and George Clooney), the other nominees were Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty. Except for the director’s trophy, all of the awards in other major performance categories went to actors who are expected to take home Oscars later this month. British actor Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor for his performance in Lincoln. Emmanuelle Riva.won the Best Actress award for Amour. Christoph Waltz took the Best Supporting Actor award for Django Unchained and Anne Hathaway, the Best Supporting Actress award for Les Misérables. Director Alan Parker received the BAFTA Fellowship prize, the academy’s highest honor, for a body of work that includes Midnight Express, Fame, Bugsy Malone and Mississippi Burning.