'Argo' named best film at Britain's Oscars
Writer-director David O. Russell won the adapted screenplay prize for ‘‘Silver Linings Playbook,’’ a comedy about characters confronting mental illness.
‘‘Les Mis’’ also took trophies for production design, sound and makeup/hair, and ‘‘Life of Pi’’ received honors for cinematography and visual effects.
Before the ceremony, stars including Clooney, Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper braved a chilly rain that turned to snow outside the Royal Opera House.
For once it was hair, even more than frocks, that drew attention — many stars opted for dark colors, though Marion Cotillard defied the dull weather in a canary-yellow gown. Beards were de rigeur among male stars including Clooney, Affleck and Cooper, while Helen Mirren turned heads with a pink ‘do, sported in honor of breast cancer awareness.
Sunday’s ceremony also saw director Alan Parker receive a BAFTA Fellowship, the academy’s highest honor, for a career that includes ‘‘Midnight Express,’’ ‘'Fame’’ and ‘‘Mississippi Burning.’’
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