2009 BAFTA RECAP

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DANNY BOYLE’S SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE was top dog at the BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS, taking a leading seven prizes including BEST FILM and DIRECTOR honours.

KATE WINSLET won BAFTA gold as BEST ACTRESS in THE READER.

Ms. Winslet was also nominated in the same category for REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. KATE was a model of composure, thanking her parents who were sitting in the audience, “who I will not look at right now or I will burst into tears.”

She dedicated her award to recently deceased READER producers ANTHONY MINGHELLA and SYDNEY POLLACK.

BEST ACTOR went to MICKEY ROURKE in THE WRESTLER.

“It’s such a pleasure to be back here, out of the darkness,” he remarked. MICKEY delighted the audience with a painfully honest acceptance speech in which he thanked DARREN ARONOFSKY for the second chance he received “after fucking up my career for 15 years.”

He dedicated his win to IRISH acting legend and hellraiser RICHARD HARRIS.

Besides its two top prizes, SLUMDOG brought home the bacon in the categories of ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (SIMON BEAUFOY), EDITING (CHRIS DICKENS), MUSIC (A.R. RAHMAN), CINEMATOGRAPHY (ANTHONY DOD MANTLE) and sound.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON took PRODUCTION DESIGN, MAKEUP & HAIR, plus SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS.

HEATH LEDGER was posthumously awarded the SUPPORTING ACTOR prize for his incendiary turn as THE JOKER in THE DARK KNIGHT. PENELOPE CRUZ of VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA triumphed in the SUPPORTING ACTRESS category.

The 6,000 members of the BRIT ACADEMY rewarded the quirky and eclectic tightrope walking documentary MAN ON WIRE as BEST BRITISH FILM. The prize for BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY went to IRELAND’S MARTIN McDONAGH for the hit man comedic tragedy IN BRUGES.

I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG was named BEST FOREIGN FILM.

As previously announced, director TERRY GILLIAM was feted with the ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP (a lifetime achievement award) and PINEWOOD SHEPPERTON, Europe’s leading studios group and home to the JAMES BOND franchise received the award for BRITISH contribution to cinema.

KATE WINSLET, MICKEY ROURKE and MERYL STREEP were among the celebrities who braved a wintry LONDON drizzle – and hundreds of screaming fans – to walk the red carpet in front of the grand, neoclassical ROYAL OPERA HOUSE.

The crowd’s biggest cheers were for BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE. She was wearing an elegant, old HOLLYWOOD strapless black and yellow ARMANI gown.

And the winners are:

BEST FILM
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

BEST BRITISH FILM
MAN ON WIRE

ACTOR
MICKEY ROURKE – THE WRESTLER

ACTRESS
KATE WINSLET – THE READER

SUPPORTING ACTOR
HEATH LEDGER
– THE DARK KNIGHT

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
PENELOPE CRUZ – VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA

DIRECTOR
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – DANNY BOYLE

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
IN BRUGES – MARTIN McDONAGH

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – SIMON BEAUFOY

FOREIGN FILM
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD FOR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT BY A BRITISH DIRECTOR, WRITER OR PRODUCER FOR THEIR FIRST FEATURE FILM
STEVE McQUEEN – HUNGER

ANIMATED FILM
WALL-E

MUSIC
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – A.R. RAHMAN

CINEMATOGRAPHY
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – ANTHONY DOD MANTLE

EDITING
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – CHRIS DICKENS

PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

COSTUME DESIGN
THE DUCHESS – MICHAEL O’CONNOR

MAKEUP & HAIR
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

SOUND
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP
TERRY GILLIAM

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA PINEWOOD STUDIOS/SHEPPERTON STUDIOS

2 Responses to “2009 BAFTA RECAP”

  1. original screenplay… 🙂

  2. I KNOW!!!!!

    Isn’t that just the most awesome thing, glim…?

    Well, I hope to hell MARTIN McDONAGH receives the OSCAR for his fantastic IN BRUGES script.

    It actually was unique and one of a kind. I’m rooting for him no matter what.

    I will just die if he gets up there.

    Ah, that would be fab.

    TOTALLY. COMPLETELY. UTTERLY.

    I so hope he wins….

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