Ben Affleck & 'Argo' Win Best Director & Film at 2013 BAFTA Awards

February 10, 2013
Source: BAFTA

Ben Affleck Argo BAFTA

Affleck wins again! Can Argo be stopped? What a year of awards! This weekend in London, the BAFTA (or British Academy of Film and Television Arts) held their annual show, the BAFTA Awards, honoring the finest in film and television from 2012. This year's biggest winner was quite a surprise, but nonetheless yet another sweet victory. Ben Affleck and Argo won Best Director and Best Film, along with Best Editing, but nothing else. Most of the other technical wins were split up between Tom Hooper's Les Miserables and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, with a few for Amour and Silver Linings Playbook snuck in there.

Here's the complete list of film winners (listed in bold) for the 2013 BAFTA Awards, via

Best Film:
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Outstanding British Film:
Anna Karenina
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Seven Psychopaths


Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer:
Director Bart Layton, Producer Dimitri Doganis - The Imposter
Director David Morris, Director/Producer Jacqui Morris - McCullin
Director/Writer Dexter Fletcher, Writer Danny King - Wild Bill
Director James Bobin - The Muppets
Director/Writer Tina Gharavi - I Am Nasrine

Michael Haneke - Amour
Ben Affleck - Argo
Quentin Taratino - Django Unchained
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty

Leading Actor:
Ben Affleck - Argo
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Leading Actress:
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone

Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin - Argo
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Javier Bardem - Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams - The Master
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Judi Dench - Skyfall
Sally Field - Lincoln

Original Screenplay:
Michael Haneke - Amour
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Paul Thomas Anderson - The Master
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola - Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay:
Chris Terrio - Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild
David Magee - Life of Pi
Tony Kushner - Lincoln
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook

Animated Film:

The Imposter

Searching for Sugar Man
West of Memphis

Film Not in the English Language:
The Hunt
Rust and Bone

Original Music:
Dario Marianelli - Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat - Argo
Mychael Danna - Life of Pi
John Williams - Lincoln
Thomas Newman - Skyfall

Seamus McGarvey - Anna Karenina
Danny Cohen - Les Misérables
Claudio Miranda - Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski - Lincoln
Roger Deakins - Skyfall

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Production Design:
Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Life of Pi

Costume Design:
Anna Karenina
Great Expectations
Les Misérables
Snow White and the Huntsman

Django Unchained
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Life of Pi

Special Visual Effects:
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Avengers Assemble

Make-Up and Hair:
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Misérables

Short Animation:
Here to Fall
I'm Fine Thanks

The Making of Longbird

Short Film:
The Curse
Good Night
The Voorman

Orange Rising Star Award:
Elizabeth Olsen
Andrea Riseborough
Surah Sharma
Juno Temple
Alicia Vikander

And there you have it - the 66th Annual BAFTA Awards revealed in full. Congratulations to all of this year's winners! For more info: It looks like Ben Affleck's Argo has become an unstoppable awards snowball and will continue straight through the Oscars, sweeping up just about every last win it possibly can. I'm also surprised that Skyfall didn't win Best Cinematography, but it's obvious the BAFTA was more into the visuals of Life of Pi, which won Visual Effects, Cinematography and Music. Don't forget to check out Jonathan Burton's BAFTA Best Film nominees poster series, to go along with all these winners. Satisfied?

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"Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms!" Incredible to see him come so far, a worthy win I feel. Agree with most the others, it's a shame that Wreck-it Ralph was only released on Friday so just missed out on nomination.

Dearsleazy on Feb 10, 2013


Im sorry but I feel like the awards are just giving Affleck so much because they feel he deserves it overall, just not for the right movie. Argo was a great movie dont get me wrong, but no where near any as good as the attention its getting. All the scenes with Arkin and Goodman just hit hollywoods G spot like it was made to get awards.

Cody W on Feb 10, 2013


Great to see Waltz get the win though, I see a lot more amazing performances coming from that guy.

Cody W on Feb 10, 2013


Completely agree. Glad he's not relegated to German/Austrian cinema anymore! Side note: he's hosting SNL this Saturday!! Should be a hoot. Hope they break out the "good writers".

avconsumer2 on Feb 11, 2013


Oooo man Waltz doing some crazy skit characters, may be the first I actually watch SNL all the way through in years.

Cody W on Feb 11, 2013


I enjoyed the movie, but it is pretty much overrated at this point..

unknew on Feb 10, 2013


Okay, I know everyone's talking about the other categories, but why "Brave" again?

Krishna Shenoi on Feb 10, 2013


I always enjoy the BAFTAs. They always put on a good show, usually the best of the season in my opinion. The organization really cares about the cinema, unlike other award shows which exist simply to get movie stars in a room together. The BAFTA Guru website has a lot of great info/interviews for those interested in filmmaking. I'm glad Quentin won for his "Django" script and Waltz for his performance, and I hope they are both rewarded at the Oscars too.

John on Feb 10, 2013


What else is there to say? Well deserved win for Ben Affleck and Argo. Congrats to the winners and nominees.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Feb 11, 2013


Affleck getting a directing BAFTA over Tarantino... seems legit.

avconsumer2 on Feb 11, 2013


I havent seen amour, but man was I bolwn away by Jennifer Lawrence in silver linings!

AJ on Feb 11, 2013

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