"Argo" continues its awards streak by taking Best Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The film also won Best Director for Ben Affleck and Best Film Editing.
Surprisingly though, the film came in second in its number of wins. The outstanding "Les Misérables" had the most wins of the ceremony with four (Best Supporting Actress, Best Production Design, Best Sound, and Best Makeup and Hair).
As far as surprises go, there were a few of them to be found. While it was thought that Best Adapted Screenplay was a battle between "Lincoln" and "Argo," "Silver Linings Playbook" came out of nowhere to take the award. Likewise, while it was thought that Best Actress was down to Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Jessica Chastain for "Zero Dark Thirty," the award ended up going to Emmanuelle Riva for her excellent performance in "Amour." There was also a minor shake up in Best Original Score, which unexpectedly went to "Skyfall."
While these were some pretty big surprises, the wins are not expected to carry over to the Oscars, where the presumptive frontrunners of the categories remain the same.
Other interesting occurrences that weren't particularly surprising were the wins for "Django Unchained" in the Best Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor categories. The film also won these same categories at the Golden Globes, so perhaps we should be assuming that they are stronger Oscar contenders than originally thought. While the SAG win gives Tommy Lee Jones an edge for Supporting Actor, we shouldn't be surprised if Christoph Waltz sneaks in for the win, just like we shouldn't be surprised if Quentin Tarantino wins big for Original Screenplay by sneaking past Mark Boal's script for "Zero Dark Thirty." While it's not as good as most of his other screenplays, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing QT win. It would even begin to make up for the Academy's mistake of not giving him the award for his brilliant "Inglourious Basterds" screenplay, an award he was robbed of by another bland Mark Boal screenplay ("The Hurt Locker").
There are still a few guilds that will be naming their recipients over these final two weeks leading up to the Oscars, so we'll probably know where most of the categories stand by that point. I've said it before, but I'll say it again: this has been the most fascinating awards season I've ever seen. Lots of history has been made in just the past couple of weeks, and in just two weeks, we'll see if even more is made.
You can watch the Oscars live when they air on Sunday, February 24th. Be sure to check back here for a full list of results and commentary on the winners.
Check out a full list of BAFTA winners below:
Best Film: Argo
Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Film not in the English Language: Amour, Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
Best Documentary: Searching For Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Original Film Score: Skyfall, Thomas Newman
Cinematography: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Production Design: Les Miserables, Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Editing: Argo, William Goldenberg
Sound: Les Miserables
Animated Film: Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Special Effects: Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott
Makeup and Hair: Les Miserables, Lisa Westcott
Costumes: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Outstanding British Film: Skyfall, Sam Mendes
Short Film: Swimmer, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
Animated Short: The Making of Longbird, Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: The Imposter, Bart Layton & Dimitri Doganis
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Winner: Tessa Ross
Rising Star Award: Juno Temple