Monday, 11 February 2013

"And the BAFTA goes to..."

The beards were out in force last night as a fuzzy-faced Stephen Fry hosted the 2013 British Academy Film Awards at London's rain-drenched Royal Opera House. But even Mother Natures best efforts couldn't dampen the spirits of the equally hirsute Ben Affleck and the Argo team as they took Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing.

The biggest winner though was Les Miserables, which took four awards for Supporting Actress, Production Design, Sound and Make-Up & Hair. Skyfall took two awards with Outstanding British Film and Original Music, while Django Unchained took Best Supporting Actor for the excellent Christoph Waltz and for Quentin Tarantino's Original Screenplay.

Unsurprisingly, Daniel Day-Lewis took Best Actor for Lincoln with the night's most self-deprecating speech. Poking fun at his own reputation as a method actor saying, “Every time I rise from a chair it spontaneously unleashes a soundtrack of thunderous applause, with a few boos and some drunken hecklers.” While a more surprising result was Emmanuelle Riva who took Best Actress for Amour, a film which also took the gong for Film Not In The English Language.

Life Of Pi took the much deserved awards for Cinematography and Special Visual Effects, whilst David O. Russell took Adapted Screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook. The Animation award went to Pixar's Brave.

Searching For Sugar Man won the Documentary prize, but the Outstanding Debut award went to Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis for the brilliant The Imposter. The Short Film prize went to Swimmer and Short Animation went to The Making Of Longbird.

So even though Argo won the biggest prizes, it by no means swept the board. This year saw BAFTA honour everything from European art house with Amour, to the high-tech dazzle of Life of Pi and the action of Bond in Skyfall. Considering a classy spy film won the prize, an American president took Leading Actor and an 85 year-old landed Leading Actress is surely testament to the scope of the BAFTAs this year. And that's got to be a good thing.

Highlight of the evening though must surely go to Billy Connolly who, during his presenting speech drawled, "I'm overwhelmed to be here, presenting an unsuspecting stranger with a death mask on a stick."

The full list of nominees and winners are below.

Best Film
Les Miserables
Life Of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Outstanding British Film
Anna Karenina
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Seven Psychopaths

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Bart Layton (Director), Dimitri Doganis (Producer) - The Imposter
David Morris (Director), Jacqui Morris (Director/Producer) - McCullin
Dexter Fletcher (Director/Writer), Danny King (Writer) - Wild Bill
James Bobin (Director) - The Muppets
Tina Gharavi (Director/Writer) - I Am Nasrine

Film not in the English Language
The Hunt
Rust And Bone

Searching For Sugar Man
The Imposter
West Of Memphis

Animated Film

Ben Affleck - Argo
Michael Haneke - Amour
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Ang Lee - Life Of Pi
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty

Original Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Michael Haneke - Amour
Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola - Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Chris Terrio - Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
David Magee - Life Of Pi
Tony Kushner - Lincoln

Leading Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Ben Affleck - Argo
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Leading Actress
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone

Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Alan Arkin - Argo
Javier Bardem - Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Amy Adams - The Master
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Judi Dench - Skyfall
Sally Field - Lincoln

Original Music
Skyfall - Thomas Newman
Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life Of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams

Life Of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey
Les Miserables - Danny Cohen
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall - Roger Deakins

Argo - William Goldenberg
Django Unchained - Fred Raskin
Life Of Pi - Tim Squyres
Skyfall - Stuart Baird
Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg

Production Design
Les Miserables - Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Anna Karenina - Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
Life Of Pi - David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
Lincoln - Rick Carter, Jim Erickson
Skyfall - Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock

Costume Design
Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Great Expectations - Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Les Miserables - Paco Delgado
LIincoln - Joanna Johnston
Snow White And The Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

Make Up & Hair
Les Miserables - Lisa Westcott
Anna Karenina - Ivana Primorac
Hitchcock - Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater
Lincoln - Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou

Les Miserables - Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst
Django Unchained - Mark Ulano, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Wylie Stateman
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Tony Johnson, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Brent Burge, Chris Ward
Life Of Pi - Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill
Skyfall - Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers

Special Visual Effects
Life Of Pi - Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer
The Dark Knight Rises - Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Marvel Avengers Assemble - Nominees TBC
Prometheus - Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth

Short Animation
The Making Of Longbird
Here To Fall
I’m Fine Thanks

Short Film
The Curse
Good Night
The Voorman Problem

The EE Rising Star Award (public vote)
Juno Temple
Elizabeth Olsen
Andrea Riseborough
Suraj Sharma
Alicia Vikander

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