The British Academy has announced the (mostly Hollywood) BAFTA 2013 winners. For starters, the Warner Bros. release Argo won BAFTAs for Best Film, Best Director (Ben Affleck), and Best Editor (William Goldenberg). (Photo: The Avengers star and BAFTA presenter Tom Hiddleston on the BAFTA 2013 red carpet.)
David O. Russell and Quentin Tarantino won the writing awards in, respectively, the adapted and original screenplay categories for Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained – both The Weinstein Company releases in the United States. Additionally, Django Unchained earned Christoph Waltz his second BAFTA – the first one, also in the supporting category, was for another Tarantino effort, Inglourious Basterds (2009).
The Universal-distributed Les Misérables won more awards than any other nominated film: a modest four. Les Misérables was awarded BAFTAs in the Best Supporting Actress category for Oscar favorite Anne Hathaway, who thanked the film's cast, crew, and Victor Hugo; Best Production Design (Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson); Best Make-Up and Hair (Lisa Westcott); and Best Sound (Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst).
Ang Lee's 20th Century Fox release Life of Pi won BAFTAs for Best Cinematography (Claudio Miranda) and Best Visual Effects (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer). Disney / Pixar's Scotland-set Brave was the Best Animated Feature.
Daniel Day-Lewis: Four-time BAFTA winner
The British Daniel Day-Lewis was this year's Best Actor BAFTA winner – but for an all-American production in which Day-Lewis plays an iconic U.S. president: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Of note: Out of its ten BAFTA nominations, more than any other film, Day-Lewis' turned out to be Lincoln's sole win . It remains to be seen whether Lincoln's underwhelming BAFTA performance will be repeated at the Oscars, where Spielberg's film also topped the nominations chart.
Daniel Day-Lewis, on the other hand, isn't lacking in BAFTAs; Day-Lewis' Lincoln win was his fourth following his work in Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot (1989), Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002), and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood (2007).
"Just in case I might have to speak at these awards," Day-Lewis told the crowd at London's Royal Opera House, "I've actually stayed in character as myself for the past 55 years. Every time I rise from a chair, it spontaneously unleashes a soundtrack of thunderous applause, with a few boos and some drunken hecklers."
Partially backed by MGM and Sony Pictures, the Sam Mendes-directed James Bond movie Skyfall was the Outstanding British Film and the winner of the Best Original Music BAFTA for Thomas Newman. Skyfall's Best British Film win was the first for a James Bond film; in fact, no Bond movie had won any BAFTA since Best Cinematography winner From Russia with Love (1963).
Distributed by Universal in the United Kingdom (and by the Universal-owned Focus Features in North America), Joe Wright's Anna Karenina won one BAFTA: for Jacqueline Durran's sumptuous Costume Design. Of note: both Anna Karenina and Les Misérables were Working Title co-productions.
BAFTA Awards 2013: The Non-Hollywood choices
Malik Bendjelloul's British-made Producers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America winner Searching for Sugar Man was the Best Documentary Feature.
Director Bart Layton and producer Dimitri Doganis won the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for the documentary The Imposter, about French serial impostor Frédéric Bourdin.
And finally, Michael Haneke's drama Amour won BAFTAs for Best Film Not in the English Language (for Haneke and veteran producer Margaret Ménégoz) and for veteran actress Emmanuelle Riva. Riva, who turns 86 next Feb. 24 (Oscar night), is reportedly the oldest BAFTA winner ever.
Other 2013 BAFTA Awards
Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson's The Making of Longbird was the Best Animated Short, while Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, and Diarmid Scrimshaw's Swimmer was the Best Short Film. Ramsay is the director of the Tilda Swinton drama We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Film 4's Tessa Ross, whose producing credits include Billy Elliot and Slumdog Millionaire, received the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award. Alan Parker, who directed Midnight Express, Fame, Evita, and Mississippi Burning, was given the Fellowship Award.
Juno Temple, recently seen in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, was given the Rising Star Award, whose winner is chosen by the public. Temple's competitors were Alicia Vikander, Suraj Sharma, Elizabeth Olsen, and Andrea Riseborough. Previous winners of the Rising Star Award winners are James McAvoy, Shia LaBeouf, Eva Green, Noel Clarke, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, and Adam Deacon.
Daniel Day-Lewis BAFTA 2013 quote: The Guardian.
Tom Hiddleston on the BAFTA 2013 red carpet photo: © BAFTA.