Joy Division biopic Control was last night named best film at the Evening Standard British film awards.

The Sam Riley-starring movie charts the life of the band's frontman Ian Curtis, which was cut short by his suicide in 1980.

The film, which also won the best screenplay, missed out during the Oscar nominations last month, but at The Ivy restaurant in central London on Sunday there were a host of Academy award contenders on show.

Daniel Day-Lewis was handed the best actor award for his turn in nihilistic spoils of oil epic There Will be Blood, a prize he is expected to walk away with at the Oscars later this month.

Julie Christie is among the frontrunners for the best actress Academy award, and she was given the Alexander Walker special award at last night's ceremony, named after the Evening Standard's late film critic.

Christie, whose career has spanned four decades and included films such as Doctor Zhivago and Far From the Madding Crowd, is nominated for a best actress Oscar for her portrayal of an Alzheimer's sufferer in Away From Her.

Among the Evening Standard's other winners was Helena Bonham Carter, who was named best actress for her roles in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Conversations with Other Women, while Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood won best film score for There Will be Blood.

Evening Standard British film award winners:

Best film: Control
Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will be Blood
Best actress: Helena Bonham Carter - Sweeney Todd, Conversations With Other Women
Best screenplay: Matt Greenhalgh - Control
Technical achievement: Atonement
Best film score: Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood
Most promising newcomer: John Carney – Once
Alexander Walker special award - Julie Christie

04/02/2008 09:57:53