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Bizarre tale of CIA rescue from Iran wins best film and best director, while Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln takes best actor

Ben Affleck had never before been invited to the Baftas, let alone nominated for one, so his obvious pleasure in Argo winning best film and him winning best director at the awards was understandable.

"This is a second act for me," he said. "You've given me that, this industry has given me that and I am so grateful and proud and I dedicate this to anyone out there who is trying to get their second act because you can do it."

Affleck may have been referring to some of the terrible performances in terrible movies – Gigli, definitely, Pearl Harbor, probably – he has given over the years but on Sunday night nobody was talking about them.

It was all about Argo, a nerve-shredder of a movie with such a ludicrous »

- Mark Brown

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