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February 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Argo beat the competition to take the gong for Best Film at this year's BAFTAs, with
Skyfall awarded Outstanding British Film. Leading Actor went to
Daniel Day Lewis for
Emmanuelle Riva was named Leading Actress for
Michael Haneke'sAmour, while
Christoph Waltz and
Anne Hathaway walked away with the awards for Supporting Actor and Actress respectively. Although it garnered the most nominations overall,
Steven Spielberg'sLincoln did not receive one for Best Director. That award went to
Ben Affleck for
The 2013 BAFTA award nominations were notable for their variety and quality, representing big-budget blockbusters, stunning international cinema and left-field independent films. The awards were always predicted to be "a wide open race", and this, to quote BAFTA's chairman
Michael Willis, "really reflects the health of cinema throughout the world."
Stephen Fry hosted the evening, and a stellar list of nominees and leading members from the film industry were in attendance, including
Sam Mendes and
Rebecca Wang attended in her capacity as a member of the Academy Circle, which constitutes the charitable side of BAFTA. She is strongly committed to a proactive role in enabling, encouraging and supporting all art forms of creative talent across the film industry.
In addition to the high-profile awards ceremonies held annually in
Los Angeles and
New York, BAFTA runs a year-round Learning and Events programme aimed at audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK and
USA. The programme offers unique access via workshops, master classes, lectures and mentoring schemes to some of the world's most inspiring talent.
The Academy has also in recent years extended the range of access to resources that inform and inspire. Its online archive is a treasure trove of features, photographs and interviews.