Jackman misses out on BAFTA
Australia's Hugh Jackman has missed out on a BAFTA for Best Actor with Daniel Day-Lewis taking the gong.
Jackman was nominated for his turn as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
Jackman, who was a hit on the red carpet with fans screaming his name to get his attention and a snap, wasn’t confident heading into the Royal Opera House in London and with good reason - the bookies had installed Day-Lewis as an unbackable favourite.
BAFTA ceremony 2013
US actor and director Ben Affleck poses with Best Director award for his film Argo. Photo: AFP
But the Sydney-born actor said just being nominated for his turn as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables was a thrill.
"This is just a joy," the 44-year-old said on the red carpet, where he had to compete with an over-zealous fan belting out a tune from the screen musical.
"Any movie musical can go so wrong so easily. The fact we got nine nominations means a lot for us."
The heavens weren't smiling upon Hugh Jackman at this year's British Academy Film Awards. He attended the awards with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Photo: AFP
Day-Lewis, who won for his performance in Lincoln, accepted the award and poked fun at his own reputation for immersing himself in his characters and his devotion to method acting.
"On the chance I might one day have to speak on an evening such as this I've stayed in character as myself for the last 55 years," Day-Lewis said.
Emmanuelle Riva was named Best Actress for her performance in Amour.
Australian Rick Findlater has missed out on a Best Make-up and Hair BAFTA for his work in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Lisa Westcott won the award in the category for Les Miserables.
Findlater was nominated alongwith his Hobbit colleagues Peter Swords King and Richard Taylor.
Queensland-born Findlater is up for an Oscar for his work on the Hobbit.
Skyfall has been named Outstanding British Film of the year at the Bafta awards while the show opened with a performance by Paloma Faith of the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart.
The James Bond film, the third starring Daniel Craig as the suave spy, is already the highest-grossing film of all time at the UK box office.
The BAFTA award was presented by Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck.
Skyfall director Sam Mendes paid tribute to the "bravery and brilliance" of Craig and "the great" Ian Fleming, who created James Bond.
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence handed the award for Best Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.
Accepting his award, he said it was an "immense honour" and paid tribute to its "silver-penned" writer.
He said: "Why I get to stand here is really no mystery because it says at the beginning of our film, 'written and directed by Quentin Tarantino'."
Quentin Tarantino picked up the award for his western Django Unchained and thanked his actors for doing a "bang-up job with my dialogue".
The film has attracted criticism for its liberal use of racial insults and Tarantino thanked his backers for standing by what he described as "a hot potato" film.
George Clooney presented the award for Supporting Actress to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway.
The actress thanked the "golden-hearted group" who made the film and wished her co-star Eddie Redmayne, who is ill, well, saying: "Feel better. I mean I'd be holding your hair back, but, you know ... "
She also thanked Victor Hugo - the writer of the original novel which inspired the musical - saying: "Without whom, none of us would be here."
The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to David O Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.
The award for Best Short Film went to Swimmer which was made by We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay.
The Making of Longbird picked up the award for Best Short Animation.
Jacqueline Durran won the award for Costume Design for her work on the Keira Knightley film Anna Karenina.
Lisa Westcott won the award for Best Make-up and Hair for her work on Les Miserables.
Brave, a Disney fantasy set in the Scottish Highlands, was named Best Animated Film.
The awards for Sound and Editing went to Les Miserables and Ben Affleck's Iran hostage crisis drama Argo respectively.
Mark Strong presented the Cinematography award to Claudio Miranda for his work on Life Of Pi which was picked up on his behalf by the film director Ang Lee.
Faith was back on stage with David Morrissey to present the award for Best Original Music to Thomas Newman for Skyfall.
Speaking backstage, the film's director Sam Mendes said he would love to make another Bond film.
"I've had a great time, it's been a huge learning curve and we would want to make a better movie next time around, and if we thought we do that they might let me have another go again," he said.
Lincoln star Sally Field came on stage to present the award for Original Screenplay without her presenting partner Redmayne after he was taken ill backstage.
Field told the audience: "He seems to be puking his guts out back there."
Billy Connolly came on stage to present the award for an Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.
Joking that he was "presenting an unsuspecting stranger with a deathmask on a stick", the comedian and actor gave the award to Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis for their documentary The Imposter.
The film tells the true story of Frenchman Frederic Bourdin, who posed as a missing Texan teenager so successfully that he moved in with his family and lived as him for several months.
The next award, for Special Visual Effects, went to the 3D spectacular Life Of Pi.
Trainspotting director Danny Boyle presented the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema to FilmFour boss Tessa Ross, who he described as a "shy genius".
He said: "I can pay her no greater compliment than to say she really is the Paul Scholes of the British film industry."
British film: Skyfall
Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Supporting actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Rising star: Juno Temple
British debut: Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis, The Imposter
Original screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Adapted screenplay: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Film not in the English language: Amour
Music: Thomas Newman, Skyfall
Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Editing: William Goldenberg, Argo
Production design: Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson, Les Miserables
Costume design: Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Sound: Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole and John Warhurst, Les Miserables
Visual effects: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi
Make-up and hair: Lisa Westcott, Les Miserables
Animated feature: Brave
Short film: Swimmer
Short animation: The Making of Longbird
Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man
Outstanding British contribution to cinema: Tessa Ross
Academy Fellowship: Alan Parker
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