LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Ben Affleck, winners of the Best Film award for 'Argo', pose in the press room at the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON (AP) - Iran-hostage drama "Argo" has been named best picture at the British Academy Film Awards.
The crowd-pleasing movie won three prizes, including best director for Ben Affleck.
Epic musical "Les Miserables" took four trophies.
Daniel Day-Lewis won the best-actor prize Sunday for "Lincoln," and Emmanuelle Riva, the 85-year-old French film legend, was named best actress for "Amour."
The directing win gives Affleck's movie more momentum heading into the Hollywood Oscars on Feb. 24.
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