Les Miserables, suddenly an also-ran in the Oscar race, managed to be a big champion back in the country where it was filmed. The musical won 4 prizes at the British Academy Film Awards-- aka the BAFTAs-- including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway and technical prizes for sound, makeup and production design. But though it won the most statues, it still lost the top prize to the very distinctly American Argo, which was named Best Film, beating out fellow Oscar Best Picture nominees Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.

Ben Affleck, not nominated for the Best Director Oscar, won that prize at the BAFTAs, and Argo took home a third statue for editing. That's a huge show of strength for a movie with no particular British ties, and at an awards show that typically favors homegrown talent-- if you want to read it as further evidence that Argo is well-positioned to win the Best Picture Oscar, you're welcome to do so.

As for the other winners, there were several surprises in the acting categories, where Amour's Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress and Django Unchained's Christoph Waltz took home Best Supporting Actor-- a prize he also won at the Golden Globes. Bizarrely, the only award won by Silver Linings Playbook was Best Adapted Screenplay, a category most anyone would assume was locked up by Argo's Chris Terrio or Lincoln's Tony Kushner. And even though Les Miserables won the most awards, it was still bested in the British Film category by it's much bigger blockbuster competition, Skyfall. I guess poor French rebels can't contend with an English icon like Bond.

On the next page you can see a full list of the nominees, with the winners highlighted in bold.

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