Last night (Sunday 10 February), at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the 66th British Academy Film Awards were given out in a star-studded ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry. Big names such as Amy Adams, Helen Mirren, Sally Field, Joaquin Phoenix, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Javier Bardem attended on a cold and sleety night in London to honour the best of film.
Here's a full list of BAFTA winners:
Best Film: Argo
Outstanding British Film: Skyfall
Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Leading Actress: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Director: Ben Affleck (Argo)
Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer: Bart Layton (director) and Dmitri Doganis (producer) (The Imposter)
Animated Film: Brave
Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man
Film Not In The English Language: Amour
Cinematography: Life of Pi
Costume Design: Anna Karenina
Make Up And Hair: Les Miserables
Original Music: Skyfall
Production Design: Les Miserables
Sound: Les Miserables
Special Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Short Animation: The Making of Longbird
Short Film: Swimmer
Rising Star: Juno Temple
Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema: Tessa Ross
BAFTA Fellowship: Sir Alan Parker
The ceremony was broadcast on BBC1 with a time delay, with Stephen Fry proving a capable and affable host (as usual); some of the guest presenters were totally dire (Chris Tucker and Jeremy Renner, I'm looking at you) but there were some good ones: I particularly liked Sally Field's acknowledgement that any film starts with the script and the screenwriter- so often, the writer is forgotten in the process.
As far as the winners go, the biggest surprise of the evening was Emmanuelle Riva winning Best Actress for Amour (and on a side note, I hope David O. Russell feels like a prize tool for his petulant little pout at Riva's win being caught on camera). No surprises with the other results and Daniel Day-Lewis gets extra kudos for a witty and amusing acceptance speech.
Les Miserables led the winners with four BAFTAS, with Argo claiming three and Life Of Pi, Skyfall and Django Unchained all winning two. A nice even spread, all said.
The awards season comes to a head over the next two weeks, with the Writers Guild Awards on 17 February, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Golden Raspberry Awards on 23 February and the 85th Annual Academy Awards on 24 February