Despite some seasonably miserable weather, the UK managed to avoid grinding to a standstill and hold the BAFTA Film Awards. Big winner of the night was The Hurt Locker for Best Film and Best Director; big winner for Costume Design was The Young Victoria.
For all those who missed the red carpet arrivals, it was a typically regal affair in a sea of spectacular yet inappropriate dresses (we’re looking at you Audrey Tautou in pink blancmange Lanvin), lots of TV reporters running around looking lost and A Single Man director Tom Ford wearing his own Tom Ford tux.
But to the important stuff – the awards. The Hurt Locker was a popular winner for Best Film and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow. So it would appear Avatar fever has calmed down at last then? Possibly, though it did bag a couple of technicals. Christoph Waltz’s Best Supporting Actor victory for Inglourious Basterds was practically a forgone conclusion.
Sandy Powell was a deserved, if not altogether surprising winner for Best Costume Design. Powell’s acceptance speech was certainly meaningful:
“I want to dedicate this to the memory of Annie Hadley who cut the costumes for most of my films. The Young Victoria was her last one. Annie is irreplaceable and we will miss her.”
For the complete of the winners, scroll down and have a good look at the list below courtesy of The Guardian:
Best Costume design – The Young Victoria
Film – The Hurt Locker
Director – Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Supporting actor – Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Supporting actress – Mo’Nique (Precious)
Leading actor – Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Leading actress – Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Outstanding British film – Fish Tank
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer – Duncan Jones (dir. – Moon)
Original screenplay – The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)
Adapted screenplay – Up in the Air (Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner)
Film not in the English language – A Prophet
Animated film – Up
Music – Up (Michael Giacchino)
Cinematography – The Hurt Locker
Editing – The Hurt Locker
Production design – Avatar
Sound – The Hurt Locker
Special visual effects – Avatar
Makeup & hair – The Young Victoria
Short animation – Mother of Many
Short film - I Do Air
Outstanding British contribution to cinema – Joe Dunton
The Orange Rising Star Award (voted for by the public) – Kristen Stewart
Now all we have to do is wait and see what the LA Academy can come up with on 7th March. Will Avatar be snubbed for the big ones again? Will Sandy Powell get repeat reward for The Young Victoria? Will it rain? No, maybe and absolutely no chance whatsoever, we say.
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