Ben Affleck Named Best Director At British Academy Film Awards

Ben Affleck poses in the press room at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2013 at The Royal Opera House on February 10, 2013 in London Ben Affleck poses in the press room at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2013 at The Royal Opera House on February 10, 2013 in London

Ben Affleck has won the best-director prize at the British Academy Film Awards for his Iran-hostage drama “Argo.”

Emmanuelle Riva, the 85-year-old French film legend, was named best actress Sunday for “Amour.”

The directing win gives Affleck’s crowd-pleaser more momentum heading into the Hollywood Oscars on Feb. 24.

The British Academy Film Awards, known as BAFTAs, are ever-more scrutinized as an indicator of likely success at the Hollywood Academy Awards. In recent years they have prefigured Academy Awards triumph for word-of-mouth hits including “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist.”

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