Another edition of the BAFTA Awards was hosted in London on Sunday in spite of the rainy weather. The event was not characterized by major surprises as most of the awarded films have already been acclaimed by critics during previous movie galas. As expected, “Argo”, Ben Affleck’s movie inspired by the 1979 Islamic Revolution, gathered most of the BAFTA awards, followed by Steven Spielberg’s historical biopic “Lincoln” and Anne Hathaway’s musical “Les Miserables”.
Ben Affleck took to stage on numerous occasions during the BAFTA Awards gala. He was honored three times for his Iran-hostage drama, “Argo”, which was praised by critics and movie goers on every occasion. The film received the award for Best Picture category, as well as for the category of the Best Director. During his acceptance speeches, the actor-turned-director thanked everyone who supported him in the production of the movie and dedicated all his awards to “anyone out there who’s trying to get their second act”. George Clooney, one of the producers of the movie, accompanied Affleck on stage quipping “I don’t know what you’re going to do for a third act”.
Daniel Day-Lewis, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s historical movie “Lincoln”, received the trophy for best actor although the movie had been nominated for 10 categories. The corresponding award for best actress was handed to Emmanuelle Riva for her interpretation in “Amour”.
The two main movies produced in Britain, “Les Miserables” and “Skyfall” could not attend this year’s BAFTA Awards without receiving trophies. The musical obtained four awards including one for Anne Hathaway as best supporting actress. “Skyfall”, on the other hand, won trophies for best music and best British film.
Although BAFTA cannot yet be compared to the American Oscars, the British gala movie has gained increasingly more popularity in the past years. The event is watched by many more viewers each year, whereas the number of honors has been expanded to additional movie categories. “Life of Pi”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Amour” and “Django Unchained” took multiple trophies at the Sunday’s event.