Five things we learned from last night's BAFTA Awards
'Argo' and 'Les Mis' were the biggest winners, but Daniel Day-Lewis's jokes came as more of a surprise
THE BAFTAS "shared the love" last night, handing out trophies to a wide range of films rather than heaping rewards on a few leading contenders such as Lincoln or Les Miserables. The miserable British weather may have turned the red carpet into a "soggy sponge", as The Guardian put it, but the presence of big names including George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway and Quentin Tarantino, confirms the event is holding its position in the movie awards calendar. Here are five things we learned from last night's ceremony.
Ben Affleck should have been nominated for best director at the Oscars: Ben Affleck's hostage drama Argo was the big winner last night, picking up three BAFTAs for best film, best editing and, most significantly, best director. Affleck won the Golden Globe for best director last month and the fact he has been "conspicuously snubbed" in the same category by the Oscars is starting to look decidedly foolish.
James Bond finally became respectable: Audiences love 007, but BAFTA hasn't been as keen. The last time a Bond movie picked up one of the UK's top film awards was 1963, when Ted Moore won for his cinematography on From Russia with Love. The latest Bond caper Skyfall, seems to have ended the 'Bond BAFTA curse' winning outstanding British film and best music for Thomas Newman's score.
Age is no impediment to winning a BAFTA (or an Oscar): French actress Emmanuel Riva, 85 – the star of Amour - was a "surprise choice" as best actress last night. Riva is also nominated for the best actress Oscar – the oldest nominee ever in the category – and Variety says her success in London last night should send a warning sign to rivals for the best actress Oscar such as Jennifer Lawrence. Riva didn't attend last night's ceremony at The Royal Opera House, telling The Guardian she is "saving herself" for the Cesars – the French film awards - and the Oscars. Amour director, Michael Haneke, was also a no-show.
Daniel Day-Lewis can make fun of himself: Who knew? The star, renowned for his immersive acting technique, poked fun at himself last night as he picked up the best actor BAFTA for Lincoln. Standing at the podium he said: "On the chance that I might have to speak at an occasion such as this, I've actually stayed in character as myself for the past 55 years".
Eddie Redmayne has had better nights: Redmayne, one of the stars of Les Miserables, spent much of the evening "puking his guts out" backstage. News of his illness was revealed by actress Sally Field, who was his partner to present best original screenplay. Forced to go solo at the podium, Field said she was worried Redmayne had "infected her" adding that the bug might be so contagious "the whole opera house would shortly be awash in vomit".
The key winners of last night's 2013 BAFTA awards were:
Outstanding British Film
Ben Affleck: Argo
Daniel Day-Lewis: Lincoln
Emmanuelle Riva: Amour
Christoph Waltz: Django Unchained
Anne Hathaway: Les Misérables
Quentin Tarantino: Django Unchained
David O Russell: Silver Linings Playbook
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