After all the backs had been slapped and the endless emotional thank-yous delivered, the big winner at the Orange British Academy Film Awards last night was Slumdog Millionaire.
The acclaimed film picked up the coveted Best Film BAFTA and Danny Boyle scooped the Director’s award. It also took home the gongs for Adapted Screenplay, Music, Editing, Cinematography, Sound.
However, the Slumdog cast missed out on BAFTA glory, with Kate Winslet, who was nominated twice in the Leading Actress category, winning for her role in The Reader (at the expense of her performance in Revolutionary Road), while comeback king Mickey Rourke lifted the Leading Actor award for The Wrestler.
Rourke provided the acceptance speech highlight of the night when he thanked the film’s director Darren Aronofsky for giving him a second chance despite having “fucked up my career for 15 years. Such a pleasure to be here and be out of the darkness.”
Penelope Cruz was the Supporting Actress winner, for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the late Heath Ledger picked up another posthumous award for his supporting turn as The Joker in The Dark Knight.
One little fly in the ointment for the Slumdog posse was their failure to win the Outstanding British Film award. In the one big surprise of the night, that award went to Man On Wire, a documentary about Frenchman Philippe Petite‘s 1974 tightrope walk between New York’s Twin Towers.
The closest anyone came to muscling in on Slumdog’s limelight was director David Fincher‘s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, which received three awards for its Production Design, Special Visual Effects and Makeup & Hair.
The full list of awards if as follows:
- Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
- Outstanding British Film: Man On Wire
- Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
- Leading Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
- Leading Actress:
- Supporting Actor:
The Dark Knight
- Supporting Actress:
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
- Original Screenplay:
- Adapted Screenplay:
- Animated Film: Wall-E
- Film Not in the English Language:
I’ve Loved You So Long
- Music: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
- Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
- Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
- Production Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Costume Design: The Duchess
- Sound: Slumdog Millionaire
- Special Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Makeup & Hair: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- Short Animation: Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
- Short Film: September
- The Carl Foreman Award (special achievement for first feature film): Steve McQueen, writer/director, Hunger
- The Orange Rising Star Award (voted for by public):
- Academy Fellowship: Terry Gilliam
- Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema:
Pinewood Studios/Shepperton Studios