Atonement’ wins BAFTA


The epic romantic drama “Atonement’ won best film at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS) on 10 February at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

Daniel Day-Lewis, who has won all the awards to date for his role in “There Will Be Blood’, was judged best actor, with the best actress nod going to French actress Marion Cotillard for her turn as Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose’.

Spanish actor Javier Bardem won best supporting actor for Joel and Ethan Coen’s “No Country for Old Men’, while British actress Tilda Swinton won best supporting actress for her role in the legal thriller “Michael Clayton’.

The Coen Brothers were honoured with the David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction for “No Country for Old Men’. The film also picked up best cinematography.

“Atonement’ was also nominated for the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film which surprisingly lost out to “This is England’ in that category. However, “Atonement’ won best production design.

“Juno’ won best original screenplay and the French film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ the best adapted screenplay. Best editing and best sound went to “The Bourne Ultimatum’ while “La Mome’ won best costume design as well as best music and best make-up.

“The Golden Compass’ won best special effects, while the German film “The Lives of Others’ was best foreign film. Best animated film was “Ratatouille’.

Shia LaBeouf (“Transformers”) beat out Ellen Page, Sienna Miller, Sam Riley and Wei Tang to win the Orange Rising Star Award. Matt Greenhalgh, writer of “Control’, won the most promising newcomer award.

Best short animation was “The Pearce Sisters’ and best short film was “Dog Altogether’.


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