Ben Affleck's "Argo" was established as top favorite for the Oscars by winning in the British Academy Film Awards' most prestigious categories against Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."
With only two weeks to go before Hollywood hands out the industry's most valued prizes, the Royal Opera House in London was the scene of a ceremony Sunday night, hosted by Britain's Stephen Fry, that was full of surprises.
"Argo" walked off with some of the top awards, those for Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing, which had Ben Affleck appearing onstage twice.
"Lincoln" was the night's big loser because in spite of having the most nominations with a total of 10, it garnered just one award.
For that movie, only Daniel Day-Lewis was honored by the British Academy, which named him Best Actor for his role as Abraham Lincoln in the movie about the U.S. president who abolished slavery, filmed by Steven Spielberg. EFE