British dramas honoured by Evening Standard
Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin picked up the Best Film award at the Evening Standard’s annual celebration of British cinema.
The honour will be a psychological boost, if nothing else, ahead of this weekend’s BAFTAs, where the drama is up for the Outstanding British Film award.
The Evening Standard gave it’s best actor prize to Michael Fassbender, identifying his roles in Jane Eyre and Shame among a slew of strong performances.
Olivia Colman was the best actress, for her role as an emotionally scarred charity shop owner in Paddy Considine’s directorial debut, Tyrannosaur.
The comedy award went to The Guard, Senna won the best documentary prize and Andrew Haigh collected the best screenplay award for the highly acclaimed Weekend.
The newspaper – which has been honouring British films since 1973 – gave its technical achievement award to the cinematographer of Wuthering Heights, Robbie Ryan.
Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe, who wrote and directed Black Pond, were the Standard’s most promising newcomers and John Hurt received an award for his contribution to cinema over the years.
The Standard also handed out a People’s Choice Award to the best Blockbuster of the Year – to the final instalment of the Harry Potter series.