Director-producer-star Ben Affleck’s historical drama “Argo” continued its late-inning awards sweep Sunday, winning a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for best film.
Although snubbed by 2013 Oscar balloters in the best director category, Affleck also clinched a BAFTA for directing in a year that saw Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”) and “Les Misérables” director Tom Hooper shut out of the British Academy’s film awards.
‘Argo’ collected three BAFTAs in all, including William Goldenberg’s win for editing. “Lincoln,” meanwhile -- the odds-on BAFTA favorite with 10 nominations heading into Sunday’s event -- walked off with a single prize: Daniel Day-Lewis’ win for leading actor.
In the leading actress category, BAFTA voters honored age over beauty, with 85-year old “Amour” star Emmanuelle Riva trumping her glamazon competition -- “Silver Linings Playbook” co-lead Jennifer Lawrence, “Zero Darky Thirty” star Jessica Chastain, “Rust and Bone’s” Marion Cotillard and the relatively youthful 67-year old Helen Mirren, nominated for her turn in “Hitchcock.”