The Iranian hostage drama 'Argo' continued its winning spree with three more prizes, including best-picture, at the BAFTA Awards. It is now believed to be a front-runner for the best picture at the Oscars.
Ben Affleck is the best director for his portrayl of a plan to rescue US diplomats from Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film also won the best film editing trophy. Daniel Day-Lewis won the best-actor trophy for 'Lincoln' - the only one to win from Steven Spielberg's historical biopic.
Emmanuelle Riva was named the best actress for Michael Haneke's poignant old-age portrait "Amour." It has also been declared the best foreign-language film.
Kathryn Bigelow's thriller on Osama bin Laden 'Zero Dark Thirty' failed to win any prize, despite five nominations. Writer-director David O. Russell won the adapted screenplay prize for 'Silver Linings Playbook,' a comedy about characters confronting mental illness.
The ceremony also saw director Alan Parker receive a BAFTA Fellowship, the academy's highest honor, for a distinguished career that includes 'Midnight Express;' 'Fame' and 'Mississippi Burning'.