Sunday night saw the best and brightest of this year’s cinematic achievements battling it out for top honors at the 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The nominees this year relied heavily on the work of a few: namely Argo, Skyfall, Les Misérables, Lincoln, and Life of Pi. Other notably-present films also included Zero Dark Thirty, Anna Karenina, and Silver Linings Playbook — making the winners across the pond a solid foreshadower of things to come when our own academy doles out top honors later this month.
Hosted by Stephen Fry, the Brits seem to echo the same sentiment as everyone else giving out awards this year: The Academy messed up. Big time. Ben Affleck took home yet another Best Director win for Argo, proving that sometimes even the people in charge make big mistakes that cause them to look a bit out of touch. Other continuining trends included Christoph Waltz and Anne Hathaway scoring additional supporting actor and actresss wins, and Amour shutting out the competition when it comes to foreign films.
Overall the awards were distributed fairly evenly amongst the top contenders, though one of the top nominees — Lincoln, with its 10 nominations — was nearly shut-out of actually winning anything. Daniel Day-Lewis‘ untouchable performance as Honest Abe gave them the film its only win of the night.
Check out the complete list of winners bleow:
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
The Making of Longbird
MAKE UP & HAIR
Life of Pi
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Bart Layton (Director), Dimitri Doganis (Producer) The Imposter
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Life of Pi
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Silver Linings Playbook
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
EE RISING STAR AWARD
Searching For Sugar Man (Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn)
Argo, Ben Affleck
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
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