Slumdog Wins Big At Baftas
They’re going to have to stop calling it ‘the little film that could’, because as expected, the BAFTA’s were totally dominated by Slumdog Millionaire which beat numerous other big budget Hollywood epics to the ground and took home seven of the gold plated ‘The Phantom of the Opera would kill for these’ masks.
In an increasingly predictable awards trail, we’d just once love to see some random film shock us all and nab top honours – Don’t Mess With the Zohan for Best Film Oscar anyone?
And there we were thinking the hay bails would get mired in the snow.
Aaaaanyway, Danny Boyle’s transformative Indian fable was clearly top (slum)dog, and it was left to the The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to come in a distant second with only three awards.
So, biggest shock of the night? Well, with Jonathan Ross subdued, a surprisingly honest Mickey Rourke stepped up to stun the crowd with an impassioned thank you speech that directly thanked Darren Aronofsky for giving him a second chance “after f*@king up my career for 15 years”.
Here be the winners list:
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Man On Wire
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (woohoo!)
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
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
AR Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire
Donald Graham Burt/Victor J Zolfo, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Michael O’connor, The Duchess
MAKE UP & HAIR
Jean Black / Colleen Callaghan, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Glenn Freemantle /Resul Pookutty /Richard Pryke/Tom Sayers/Ian Tapp, Slumdog Millionaire
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Eric Barba/Craig Barron/Nathan Mcguinness/Edson Williams, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Wallace And Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf And Death (double woohoo!)
OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
Pinewood Studios/Shepperton Studios