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Ben Affleck's Argo is big winner at Baftas

Spy thriller is best film as Daniel Day-Lewis wins top actor for Lincoln

By Maureen Coleman

Ben Affleck's US thriller Argo was the big winner at the Baftas last night, scooping awards for Best Film and Best Director.

The spy movie, hotly tipped for Oscar success later this month, fought off competition from Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty, to win the coveted Best Movie gong.

The film also won Ben Affleck a Bafta for Best Director.

In a tightly fought category, Daniel Day-Lewis (right) was named Best Actor for his role in the US biopic Lincoln. Day-Lewis, who reportedly refused to leave his wheelchair while playing the disabled Christy Brown in My Left Foot, said: “On the chance I might one day have to speak on an evening such as this I've stayed in character as myself for the last 55 years.”

Emmaunelle Riva was a surprise win of the night, beating favourites Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence to pick up the award for Best Actress.

Lawrence handed the award for Best Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained while Anne Hathaway was named Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables.

James Bond movie Skyfall was named Outstanding British Film of the year.

Stars including Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Eddie Redmayne stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures outside the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.

Northern Ireland’s Bafta hopefuls missed out on the big night.

Armagh cinematographer Seamus McGarvey had been nominated for Anna Karenina but lost out to Life of Pi's Claudio Miranda.

And Kris Kelly and Evelyn |McGrath from Belfast-based |Blacknorth were up in the Short Animation category for Here To Fall, losing out to The Making of Longbird by Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson.

Juno Temple was named Bafta's Rising Star, Amour won Film Not in the English Language and the Bafta Fellowship was awarded to Sir Alan Parker.


Local film and TV stars shone at the Irish Film and Television Awards on Saturday night in Dublin. Winners included Armagh’s Seamus McGarvey, Director of Photography (Anna Karenina); Maggie Donnelly, Best Costume (Good Vibrations); Brid Brennan, Best Supporting Actress (Shadow Dancer); Maurice Sweeney, Best Director TV (WB Yeats No Country For Old Men), and Flickerpix Animations, Best Animation (Macropolis).

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