Pictures: Argo wins Best Film award at the Baftas
19:44 10 February 2013
Skyfall was named Outstanding British Film of the year at the Bafta awards tonight, while Argo took the award for Best Director for Ben Affleck and Best Film.
The movie, the third starring Daniel Craig as the spy, is already the highest-grossing film of all time at the UK box office.
The Bafta award was presented by Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck.
Skyfall director Sam Mendes paid tribute to the “bravery and brilliance” of Craig and “the great” Ian Fleming, who created James Bond.
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood braved the wind, rain and sleet to meet fans on the red carpet at the Baftas.
Stars including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Eddie Redmayne stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures outside the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.
Among the celebrities at tonight’s EE British Academy Film Awards were Hobbit star Martin Freeman, Alicia Vikander and Tom Hiddleston.
Also on the red carpet were Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney and Dame Helen Mirren - the latter sporting dyed pink hair.
Host Stephen Fry introduced the show which started with a performance by Paloma Faith of the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart.
Ben Affleck was named Best Director by Ian McKellen for his work on Argo.
Affleck, who rose to fame as an actor, said: “I want to say this is a second act for me and you’ve given me that, this industry has given me that and I want to thank you and I’m so grateful and proud.”
The award for Best Film went to Argo.
George Clooney, who co-produced the film, paid tribute to Affleck, saying: “You’re smart and you know what you want but more important, you love what you’re doing.”
Emmanuelle Riva was named Best Actress for her performance in Amour and Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor award.
He accepted the award and poked fun at his own reputation for immersing himself in his characters and his devotion to method acting.
Day-Lewis, who reportedly refused to leave his wheelchair while playing the disabled Christy Brown in My Left Foot, said: “On the chance I might one day have to speak on an evening such as this I’ve stayed in character as myself for the last 55 years”.
The award for Best Short Film went to Swimmer which was made by We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay.
The Making of Longbird picked up the award for Best Short Animation.
Jacqueline Durran won the award for Costume Design for her work on the Keira Knightley film Anna Karenina.
Lisa Westcott won the award for Best Make-up and Hair for her work on Les Miserables.
Brave, a Disney fantasy set in the Scottish Highlands, was named Best Animated Film.
The awards for Sound and Editing went to Les Miserables and Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage crisis drama Argo respectively.
Mark Strong presented the Cinematography award to Claudio Miranda for his work on Life Of Pi which was picked up on his behalf by the film director Ang Lee.
Faith was back on stage with David Morrissey to present the award for Best Original Music to Thomas Newman for Skyfall.
Speaking backstage, the film’s director Sam Mendes said he would love to make another Bond film.
He told reporters: “I’ve had a great time, it’s been a huge learning curve and we would want to make a better movie next time around, and if we thought we do that they might let me have another go again.”
Lincoln star Sally Field came on stage to present the award for Original Screenplay without her presenting partner Eddie Redmayne after he was taken ill backstage.
Field told the audience: “He seems to be puking his guts out back there.”
Quentin Tarantino picked up the award for his western Django Unchained and thanked his actors for doing a “bang-up job with my dialogue”.
The film has attracted criticism for its liberal use of racial insults and Tarantino thanked his backers for standing by what he described as “a hot potato” film.
George Clooney presented the award for Supporting Actress to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway.
The actress thanked the “golden-hearted group” who made the film and wished her co-star Redmayne well, saying: “Feel better. I mean I’d be holding your hair back, but, you know...”
She also thanked Victor Hugo - the writer of the original novel which inspired the musical - saying: “Without whom, none of us would be here.”
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence handed the award for Best Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.
Accepting his award, he said it was an “immense honour” and paid tribute to its “silver-penned” writer.
He said: “Why I get to stand here is really no mystery because it says at the beginning of our film, ‘written and directed by Quentin Tarantino’.”
The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to David O Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.
Trainspotting director Danny Boyle presented the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema to FilmFour boss Tessa Ross, who he described as a “shy genius”.
He said: “I can pay her no greater compliment than to say she really is the Paul Scholes of the British film industry.”
The ceremony ended with the awarding of a special Bafta Fellowship to filmmaker Sir Alan Parker.