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Tom Hooper's musical wins four awards and Ben Affleck's drama scoops three, including best director and picture – while Lincoln goes home with one

A rallying cry for patriotism resounded from the Royal Opera House this evening, as the Baftas gave a hearty handshake to the best of British, and a light slap to our American friends.

Heading into the ceremony, Steven Spielberg's much acclaimed biopic of Abraham Lincoln had led the pack with 10 nominations, while Ang Lee's Life of Pi and Tom Hooper's Les Misérables both trailed with nine, and Skyfall – Sam Mendes' revamp of the Bond franchise – had eight.

Yet the frontrunner emerged from the awards – which took place in the Royal Opera House and were hosted by Stephen Fry – with just one gong: for Daniel Day-Lewis's performance as the president.

In a typically restrained speech, the ultimate method actor, explained that he'd »

- Catherine Shoard

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