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Argo wins big at the Baftas

Plus: Brown emerges smiling after crash; Gosling calls Dr Who for director debut; Beyoncé covers Vogue's March issue.

Ben Affleck. Andy Rain / EPA
Ben Affleck. Andy Rain / EPA

Argo continued its journey from awards-season outsider to favourite on Sunday winning three prizes, including Best Picture, at the British Academy Film Awards. Ben Affleck won Best Director and the film also took the editing trophy. Affleck dedicated his directing prize to “anyone out there who’s trying to get their second act”. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Lincoln, while Emmanuelle Riva was named Best Actress for Michael Haneke’s Amour. It was also named Best Foreign Language Film. The made-in-Britain Les Misérables won four prizes, including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. Skyfall spied some elusive awards recognition, winning trophies for music and Best British Film. Quentin Tarantino picked up the original screenplay award for Django Unchained, and Christoph Waltz was named Best Supporting Actor for the film. David O Russell won the adapted screenplay prize for Silver Linings Playbook.– AP

Brown emerges smiling after crash

Chris Brown showed up smiling at the Grammys, saying he was just a little banged up after crashing his car into a wall on the eve of Sunday’s awards. “Little bit of bumps, I’m good though,” Brown told E! News on the red carpet. Brown crashed his Porsche into a wall in Beverly Hills on Saturday and told police he was trying to elude paparazzi. “I’ll get another one. Insurance is good,” he said, laughing. “Paparazzi tend to get out of hand.” – Reuters

Gosling calls Dr Who for director debut

Dr Who has been called in to apply his magic to Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut. Matt Smith is set to star alongside Christina Hendricks and Saoirse Ronan in How to Catch a Monster, a story written by Gosling that is “set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city” and “weaves elements of fantasy noir, horror and suspense into a modern-day fairy tale”, reported Variety. Gosling’s current beau Eva Mendes is also rumoured to have joined the cast. Shooting is scheduled for May. – The National staff

Beyoncé covers Vogue’s March issue

Beyoncé calls the making of her forthcoming HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream a therapeutic process. She tells the March issue of Vogue, “This movie healed me in so many ways” and thinking about it makes her “want to cry”. The film addresses topics the singer doesn’t discuss in public. It chronicles her 2011 decision to no longer have her father Matthew Knowles as her manager, her miscarriage and even the rumours that she was faking her pregnancy with daughter Blue
Ivy by really using a surrogate. “That was very odd,” she says.
– AP