Ben Affleck and Anne Hathaway lead the BAFTA winnersIt was an emotional night at the BAFTAs with Ben Affleck and Anne Hathaway leading the list of jubilant winners.
Anne, who won the Best Supporting Actress award, said: "It’s my third film in the UK in three years. I’ve had the most divine experiences and gotten to work with the best of the best." The actress looked stunning in a black Burberry gown.
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Ben Affleck was controversially missed off this year’s Oscar nomination list, but scooped Best Film and Best Director for his film Argo.
"I was talking to people from the studio and they were like "We never win!" he said. "So this really is the most incredible surprise."
"We feel so grateful, I've never been here... to actually win feels incredibly welcoming."
The actor and director said that this was a second chance for him. He has had mixed fortunes in his acting career, since shooting to fame in Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon in 1997.
"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," he said
George Clooney, who produced Argo, later added, "I've got to say Ben, if this is your second act, I don't know what you're going to do for your third act. "You really are remarkable at what you do."
James Bond latest instalment Skyfall was named Outstanding British Film ahead of Les Miserables.
Leading man Daniel Craig wasn't there to pick up the gong, which was instead collected by producer Michael G Wilson and director Sam Mendes.
"This is a first for the James Bond films," Michael said before Sam paid tribute to their absent leading man, thanking him for his "friendship and his sheer bloody-mindedness". He added: "We all had high expectations for this film and this is really the icing on the cake".
The choice surprised many given that Bond films usually thrill audiences rather than mining award season gold. But the latest offering has bucked that trend, snaring a respectable haul which included a Best Original Music statue as well as the prestigious Britsh film award.
Skyfall also battled through a tough category full of stellar films including Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, which had been a dominating presence and a clear favourite to come out on top.
This year's BAFTAs hosted a tussle between the two British box office titans, and although it was Bond who strolled home with best film, the spoils were shared between the two projects.
Les Mis' Anne Hathaway continued to dream her dream by becoming one of the most successful supporting actresses in history and adding to the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards which already grace her mantelpiece.
Daniel Day-Lewis was snapping at her heels after being decorated for his performance in civil war biopic, Lincoln. He continued his spate of witty acceptance speeches, saying: "Just in case I might have to speak at these awards, I've actually stayed in character as myself for the past 55-years."
Fellow great Brit Dame Helen Mirren – aka Mrs Hitchcock – conceded the leading lady accolade to Emmanuelle Riva of Amour. Dame Helen had described her role in the film as that of a "rebel", and punctuated the point with a shock of pink hair. The alternative look made her an undisputed winner in the style stakes.
Cult director Quentin Tarantino brought some swagger to the quintessentially British proceedings with the help of his latest offering, Django Unchained. He collected Best Original Screenplay for the film, while his actor Christoph Waltz was rewarded for his supporting role.
Christoph paid tribute to the Tarantino touch, and described his boss as a "silver-penned devil".
Meanwhile, Ben Affleck's wildly successful project Argo, based on the Iranian revolution's hostage crisis, continued to hone his newfound status as a director to be reckoned with. He pipped masters such as Quentin and auteur Michael Haneke to the post and also bagged the night's top fim prize.
Ben's wife and talisman Jennifer Garner was yet again honoured in his acceptance speech. The mother of his three children hasn't left his side since Argo began its blaze of glory back at the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs were no exception to this rule.
Their directorial double act ends in London, however – Argo is a notable absence in the Oscars' shortlist for best director, but may still be given the nod in the film category.
With the awards all given out, the actors and actresses were keen to party and headed to the Grosvenor House Hotel. As he made his way to Park Lane Samuel L. Jackson revealed he had one thing on his mind - dinner.
2013 BAFTA® Winners
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
- Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
- Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
- Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
- Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
EE RISING STAR
- Juno Temple
- Ben Affleck
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
- Anna Karenina
- Django Unchained
- Silver Linings Playbook
MAKE-UP AND HAIR
- Les Miserables
ORIGINAL FILM MUSIC
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