Over the weekend, more film awards came Argo's way, with big wins at the BAFTAs and the USC Scripter Award. BAFTA is the British Film Academy of Film and Television Arts and is the equivalent to the Academy Awards here in the states. Argo won for Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing. Argo appears to be on a non-stop ride and is rolling fluently right into the Oscars. Will the Academy follow suit or go with something else? I am kind of rooting for it to win, just because they reluctantly left Ben Affleck off Best Director. Most of the love from online film critics and bloggers is steadfast with Spielberg's beautiful Lincoln to win Best Picture. Wrong. It is a good, well-acted film, but it does not carry the power or importance that Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty possess. The Best Picture winner should not be just a comfort food film, but something with cultural and cinematic importance. I liked Lincoln and Argo, but Zero Dark Thirty should be the won to beat.
Roger Deakins brilliant cinematography in the newest Bond Film Skyfall won for best cinematography at the American Society of Cinematographers annual awards, which were announced last night. I love seeing Mr. Deakins win. I could watch Skyfall over and over just for his lush and crisp balanced photography. Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki are the best working cinematographers working today. That is hard to say with other great lensers, such as Robert Richardson (Django Unchained), Rodrigo Prieto (Babel), Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood) and Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight Trilogy). These are all wonderful DPs but Deakins and Lubezki are the best. Just look at Deakins brilliance in his work with the Coen Brothers, especially No Country for Old Men and Lubezki's, the best in my opinion, work with Alfonso Cuaron on Children of Men and Terrence Malick with The Tree of Life. Both are crisp, clean and beautifully framed. I really hope Deakins wins the Oscar, being that he has been nominated 10 times without a win, but I'm sure Claudio Miranda will win for Life of Pi. I personally think Mihai Malaimare, Jr.'s work on Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is the best from 2012, but sadly he was not nominated.
Here is a list of all the winners at the BAFTAs.
BEST FILM: Argo
BEST DIRECTOR: Ben Affleck, Argo
BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
BEST ACTRESS: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour YES!!!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: Skyfall
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILM: Amour
BEST ANIMATED FILM: Brave
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Searching for Sugar Man
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
BEST EDITING: William Goldenberg, Argo
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Eve Stewart & Anna Lynch-Robinson, Les Miserables
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
BEST FILM MUSIC: Thomas Newman, Skyfall
BEST MAKEUP/HAIR: Les Miserables
BEST SOUND: Les Miserables
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Life of Pi
EE RISING STAR AWARD: Juno Temple
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER: Bart Layton & Dimitri Doganis, The Imposter
BEST ANIMATED SHORT: The Making of Longbird
BEST FILM SHORT: Swimmer
ASC AWARDS FOR FILM
Roger Deakins, Skyfall
USC SCRIPTER AWARDS FOR FILM
Argo: Joshuah Bearman (author), Tony Mendez (author) & Chris Terrio (screenwriter)