Friday, April 19, 2024

Argo Wins Best Picture at the British Academy Awards


Ben Affleck’s “Argo” won the BAFTA awards for Best Picture tonight, pretty much securing its Oscar hold on the similar award. Daniel Day Lewis won Best Actor for “Lincoln,” Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress for “Amour,” Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for “Les Miz,” and Christoph Waltz took Best Supporting Actor for “Django Unchained.”

The James Bond hit “Skyfall” was Best British Picture. Affleck also won Best Director. If the Motion Picture Academy writes Affleck’s name on their ballots, he can win here too. But he’s not on the ballot.

Riva is not likely win in the US either, where Jennifer Lawrence has the lead. The Brits didn’t really get “Silver Linings Playbook” because of the American football theme.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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