<p>Emmanuelle Riva in &quot;Amour.&quot;</p>

Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour."

Credit: Sony Classics

From Emmanuelle Riva to David O. Russell, mixed signals from BAFTA keep the race alive

Well, except Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress...

In the first year that BAFTA switched to the Academy's system of letting the entire membership vote across most categories, we had every reason to expect their customary quirks to disappear with branch-specific voting. Gone are days, probably, of "Mulholland Drive" winning for Best Film Editing, or Pedro Almodovar taking Best Director for "All About My Mother," as BAFTA increasingly settles into its assumed role as one more Oscar-minded precursor.

But wait -- not so fast. Where they could merely have checked off every consensus favorite from the season thus far, BAFTA threw in enough individual choices to suggest they're at least as keen on guiding Oscar voters to viable alternatives as they are in merely guessing their taste. Some of their choices, meanwhile, were merely about celebrating their own industry: witness the Best British Film award for people's favorite "Skyfall," which, as I mentioned in my review, is really its own kind of British heritage film. (They could, after all, have gone with "Les Miserables," which nonetheless ended the night with the most trophies of any film.)

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<p>Quentin Tarantino backstage at the 2013 BAFTA&nbsp;Awards after winning Best Original&nbsp;Screenplay</p>

Quentin Tarantino backstage at the 2013 BAFTA Awards after winning Best Original Screenplay

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Ben Affleck's 'Argo' wins three BAFTA Awards, including Best Film and Best Director

'Les Misérables' wins four and Emmanuelle Riva slows down the J-Law train

The BAFTA Awards went down tonight in London and it's a big moment in the race. As Guy reminded yesterday in his predictions column, the organization has tailored its process closer to the Academy's, eliminating branch-voted winners in favor of allowing all members to vote throughout the categories. The result could be some powerful Oscar foreshadowing.

Check out the full list of winners below. Along with each winner I've offered up my thoughts as a running commentary as the show progressed. In a nutshell, though, the new system yielded very few big surprises, though there were one or two eyebrow raisers in the bunch.

Circle on back later tonight as Guy will put a bow on the festivities with his own postmortem, after he wraps up his daily Berlin Film Festival duties. And, as always, keep track of all the ups and downs of the 2012-2013 film awards season via The Circuit.

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<p>CIA&nbsp;Agent and &quot;The Master of Disguise&quot;&nbsp;author Antonio Mendez at the Washington premiere of &quot;Argo&quot;</p>

CIA Agent and "The Master of Disguise" author Antonio Mendez at the Washington premiere of "Argo"

Credit: AP Photo/Cliff Owen

'Argo' wins the USC Scripter Award

Is it being underestimated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar?

In yet another surprise (though I guess there should be none by now with this film), "Argo" has picked up an interesting win en route to the Oscars. Journalist Joshua Bearman (article, "The Great Escape"), author Antonio Mendez (book, "The Master of Disguise") and screenwriter Chris Terrio ("Argo") have taken the USC Scripter Award over some heated competition.

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<p>Will &quot;Argo&quot; continue its winning streak at the BAFTAs tomorrow?</p>

Will "Argo" continue its winning streak at the BAFTAs tomorrow?

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Predicting the BAFTA awards

'Argo?' 'Life of Pi?' What will win, and what should?

Tomorrow night's BAFTA Awards are the last televised stop on the awards calendar before the Oscars, and in a year where several key races remain unsettled, they'll be watched even more eagerly than usual by awards pundits. (Well, "followed" if not "watched" -- I, for one, won't have access to the live broadcast of the show, annually shown on a quaint tape-delay system that suggests the BBC hasn't quite got to grips yet with a little thing called the internet. But I digress.)

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<p>&quot;Roof Sex&quot;&nbsp;by PES</p>

"Roof Sex" by PES

Credit: PES Productions

Brush up on 'Fresh Guacamole' Oscar nominee PES

The underdog of this year's race is nevertheless a superb talent

We broke down the Best Animated Short category last week both in the on-going Oscar Guide feature (other editions linked below this post) and on yesterday's Oscar Talk podcast. The race is a bit nebulous with the recent decision to open the category up to the entire Academy, with fine cases made for Disney's "Paperman," self-funded "Adam and Dog" and student film "Head Over Heels," Annie winners all. The notion of voting blocs has also suggested an edge for "Paperman" and "Maggie Simpson in ' The Longest Daycare.'" The one thing most seem to agree on is that the brief, bold "Fresh Guacamole" is the underdog.

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A scene from "Paradise: Hope."
A scene from "Paradise: Hope."
Credit: Strand Releasing

Review: 'Paradise: Hope' concludes a provocative trilogy on a humane note

Earlier chapters played Cannes and Venice, but Berlin gets the best of the three

BERLIN - Funny, disquieting and featuring more sexual humiliation and self-flagellation than any project with which James Franco is currently connected, Ulrich Seidl's newly completed "Paradise" trilogy has recently bombarded the European festival circuit -- in a manner unmatched since Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" films hit the Venice-Berlin-Cannes route, almost 20 years ago, in the space of just nine months. Less than a year after pitiless sex-tourism study "Paradise: Love" jolted Cannes and religious fundamentalism parable "Paradise: Faith" took a major Venice prize, the youth-focused "Paradise: Hope" has seen out the Austrian auteur's unsettling vision with a premiere closer to home at the Berlinale.

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Ben Affleck's first Oscar
Credit: AP Photo/Susan Sterner

Ben Affleck's first Oscar

Looking back at the 'Argo' director's Academy Award-winning 'Good Will Hunting'

If indeed "Argo" beats the odds and the history and the stats and manages to take the Best Picture Oscar in a few weeks, Ben Affleck, in lieu of recognition as a director, will be able to take the stage at the Dolby Theatre and hold an Academy Award aloft as producer. But as we all know, it wouldn't be his first time clutching the little golden guy. That moment came on March 23, 1998.

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<p>Charlize Theron in 'Snow White and the&nbsp;Huntsman&quot;</p>

Charlize Theron in 'Snow White and the Huntsman"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Oscar Guide 2013: Best Visual Effects

'The Avengers,' 'The Hobbit,' 'Life of Pi,' 'Prometheus' and 'Snow White and the Huntsman' square off

(Welcome to the Oscar Guide, your chaperone through the Academy’s 24 categories awarding excellence in film.  A new installment will hit every weekday in the run-up to the Oscars on February 24, with the Best Picture finale on Friday, February 22.)

I can’t say the nominees in the Best Visual Effects category this year are unusual. We have three summer blockbusters, one Christmas blockbuster and one gorgeous 3D Best Picture contender. Two films could perhaps be considered “snubbed,” though.

“Cloud Atlas” being left off became more and more predictable as we got closer and closer to the nominees – this divisive bomb just wasn’t that loved in Hollywood. “The Dark Knight Rises,” however, is a surprising omission. It joins “Insomnia” and “Following” as rare Christopher Nolan films to be shut out of Oscar nominations. As far as the race for the win is concerned, this ranks right up with Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress as being a done deal.

The nominees are…

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<p>&quot;Django Unchained&quot;</p>

"Django Unchained"

Credit: Gallery1988/AMPAS

The Academy teams with Gallery1988 for Best Picture print exhibition

Which one is your favorite?

The Academy has teamed up with Gallery1988 in Los Angeles to present a new Oscar-centric exhibition, "For Your Consideration," featuring originally designed artwork for each of the nine Best Picture nominees this year.

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Oscar Talk: Ep. 105 -- Affleck wins another and the nominees do lunch

Oscar Talk: Ep. 105 -- Affleck wins another and the nominees do lunch

Also: Digging into the visual effects and animated categories

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

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