'Argo' claims another top film honor in march to Oscars
05:00 AM, Feb 10, 2013
Argo continued its march to the Feb. 24 Academy Awards with another best picture win, this one at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday in London.
The Iran hostage drama captured three BAFTAs, including best director for Ben Affleck.
It has become the odds-on favorite to take best picture at the Oscars. The film has already captured top honors from the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes.
But will be one of Affleck’s last best-directing trophies: He wasn’t nominated for an Oscar.
Les Miserables led all movies with four BAFTAs, including Anne Hathaway’s win for supporting actress.
Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor for Lincoln, and Emmanuelle Riva best actress for Amour.
The spaghetti western Django Unchained won an award for best original screenplay for director Quentin Tarantino, while Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor.
Pixar’s Brave won the award for best animation, while best documentary honors went to Searching for Sugar Man.
The British version of the Oscars annually honors one of its own, and Skyfall, the latest installment in the James Bond franchise, won for outstanding British film, as well as for original music.
While not considered as canny a bellwether for the Oscars as, say, the industry’s guild awards, the BAFTAs have gotten more glamorous and accurate of late.
Recently, the show has correctly predicted best picture winners including Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech and The Artist.
And, as the Oscars are expected to do, BAFTA spread the love this year. Other winners included Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook.
Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller, was shut out of the prizes, despite five nominations.