George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Ben Affleck, the producers, star and director of Argo, hold their Baftas for best film. Affleck also won best director

Ben Affleck ‘Argo’ Unstoppable, Wins Best Director And Best Film At BAFTAs 2013

Ben Affleck continues Argo’s unstoppable streak and claimed the best director and best film honors at the 66th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in London on Sunday night.

The wins come hot on the heels of Affleck’s triumph at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards, and cements Argo’s position as the clear frontrunner to take best picture at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Up against Michael Hanecke’s painful love story Amour, Quentin Tarantino’s visceral Django Unchained, Ang Lee’s gloriously life-affirming Life of Pi, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama Bin Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty, voters went for Affleck’s Argo, the Iranian hostage drama that unfolded during the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Affleck’s shut out of the Oscar’s directing nominations, along with Kathryn Bigelow and Les Miserables’ Tom Hooper, has effectively become a winning hand in the awards season.

In addition to being nominated for seven Academy Awards, Affleck picked up the DGA award, the Best Director and Best Film award at the Critics’ Choice Awards earlier last month, followed by Argo winning best film and director at the Golden Globes, and top prizes at the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild Award.

Earlier in the evening, Affleck lost out in the BAFTA’s leading actor category to Daniel Day Lewis, who stormed home for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

But double glory was to come in the best film category when Argo contended and fought off the considerable might of Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty.

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