LONDON--(BAFTA's 66th Annual Awards ceremony took place on Sunday 10th February, at London's Royal Opera House. The event hosted by Stephen Fry brought together the film industry's most recognised filmmakers, directors, screenwriters and actors. Among the attendees were Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ang Lee, Sam Mendez, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Lawrence, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rebecca Wang who supports the organisation and is also a member of the Academy of Circle. The official awards dinner and party was held at the Grosvenor House after the ceremony.)--
Ben Affleck’s suspense thriller ‘Argo’ which is based on the 1979 Iran hostage crisis won Best Film award and Affleck also celebrated winning Best Director for the same film. Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Leading Actor for his role in Spielberg's historical bio picture ‘Lincoln ‘while Emmanuelle Riva, the oldest ever nominee at 85, won Best Leading Actress for ‘Amour’. Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained ‘, an American Western depicting a provocative view of slavery was named Best Original Screenplay. Best Supporting Actress award went to Anne Hathaway for her role in British musical ‘Les Misérables’ and Christoph Waltz was awarded Best Supporting Actor for ‘Django Unchained’.
BAFTA-The British Academy of Film and Television Arts- is the overall body of Film and TV excellence in Great Britain. An independent charity, BAFTA’s aim is to support, develop and promote the art form of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefiting the public. The London and US BAFTA Film Awards are the Academy's highest film honours, rewarding the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens the preceding year.
In addition to the high profile awards ceremonies held annually in London, Los Angeles and New York, BAFTA runs a year-round Learning and Events programme aimed at audiences of all ages and background across the UK and USA. Originally held in April or May, the staging of the ceremony has been moved to February since 2002 in order for it to precede the Oscars.
Rebecca Wang attended the ceremony in her capacity as a member of the Academy Circle, which constitutes the charitable side of BAFTA. She is strongly committed to a proactive role in enabling, encouraging and supporting all art forms of creative talent across the film industry, and also is a devoted patron of the arts and a committed supporter to a number of significant charities including the Prince of Wales Drawing School, the International Red Cross, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and amfAR - The American Foundation for AIDS Research.