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The cold and wet 66th Annual British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London got under way Sunday night, hosted by Stephen Fry, who wryly noted: "I have a strong feeling I'm not the only actor who’s come here this evening with a beard." The big question for awards-watchers was whether "Argo" would keep its awards juggernaut rolling, even though "Lincoln," like the Oscars, had the most nominations, in this case ten, including best film and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. Ben Affleck (up for three awards) and his producer George Clooney made the schlep to London with high hopes. They were not dashed, as "Argo" won three prizes: best picture and director for Ben Affleck, and best editing for William Goldenberg. "Lincoln" had to settle for the expected best actor win. The BAFTAs kicked off with a montage of the past 100 years of British film. »


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