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Argo wins UK regional film critics' award

Ben Affleck
Image caption Affleck won a Golden Globe for best director last month

Ben Affleck's Oscar-nominated hostage thriller Argo has been voted film of the year by the UK's regional critics.

In a statement, the director and actor offered his thanks "on behalf of all the cast and production team".

Bond film Skyfall picked up two awards - director of the year for Sam Mendes and Ben Whishaw was named rising star.

A public vote gave Robert Pattinson the best British performance for the final Twilight film, while Sightseers was named screenplay of the year.

Written by Amy Jump and actors Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, the dark comedy won a British Independent Film Award in the same category in December.

Oram called the latest award "a real honour", adding the support from regional press "made a huge difference and won't be forgotten."

Established in 2006, the UK Regional Critics' Film Awards are dedicated to actor and director Lord Attenborough.

Last year, silent film The Artist won the top prize and went on to win the Oscar for best picture.

Affleck was named best director at the Golden Globes in January for Argo - which is based on the kidnapping of American embassy staff in Iran in the 1970s.

The film has been nominated for seven Oscars and seven Baftas and won the Screen Actors Guild for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

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