Slumdog Millionaire is the big winner at BAFTA
It was another successful night for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire as both the director and his film picked up the top awards at the British Academy Film Awards, at a lavish ceremony at the Royal Opera House.
Hosted by a nervous Jonathan Ross, just two weeks after his return to the public eye after the Andrew Sachs voicemail affair, the best the film business had to offer were on display.
Perhaps Hollywood’s most high profile couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie both turned up as nominees — for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Changeling respectively — but neither picked up a statuette. The best actor award went to Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler and Kate Winslet edged a step closer to breaking her Oscars duck, collecting a BAFTA for The Reader.
The Best Supporting Actress prize went to Penelope Cruz for her role as the insane ex-wife in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and as predicted, the late Heath Ledger won a posthumous BAFTA for his portrayal of Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, in The Dark Knight.
The other winners on the night included:
Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year: Man on Wire
Best Original Screenplay: Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
Best Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
Orange Rising Star Award: Noel Clarke
Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer: Steve McQueen, writer/director of Hunger
Best Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Production Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Costume Design: The Duchess
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Make Up/Hair: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Sound: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Film not in the English Language: Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I Loved you so long)
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL·E
Best Short Animation: Wallace and Gromit in ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’
Best Short Film: September
(article by Jason Korsner)