Slumdog Millionaire has swept the board at the BAFTA film awards with seven prizes, including best film.

Danny Boyle was named best director for the Mumbai-set film - a Golden Globe winner four times over - which also claimed the adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing music and sound awards.

Kate Winslet was named best actress for The Reader - having also been nominated in the same category for Revolutionary Road - while Mickey Rourke claimed a further best actor award for his role in The Wrestler.

"It's such a pleasure to be back here, out of The Darkness," Rourke said after accepting his prize, which continues his career renaissance.

The late Heath Ledger was named best supporting actor for his turn as The Joker in The Dark Knight with Penelope Cruz winning the best supporting actress prize for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Other winners included Monty Python member Terry Gilliam - who was made a Bafta fellow - and Adulthood director Noel Clarke, who claimed the Orange Rising Star award.

The winners of the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards were:

Film — Slumdog Millionaire

British Film — Man on Wire

Actor — Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Actress — Kate Winslet, The Reader

Supporting Actor — Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Supporting Actress — Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona

Director — Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

First-time Director — Steve McQueen, Hunger

Rising Star — Noel Clarke

Original Screenplay — Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

Adapted Screenplay — Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Film Not in the English Language — I've Loved You So Long

Music — AR Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

Cinematography — Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

Editing — Chris Dickens, Slumdog Millionaire

Production Design — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Costume Design — The Duchess

Sound — "Slumdog Millionaire"

Visual Effects — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Makeup and Hair — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Animated Feature — WALL-E

Short Animation — Wallace And Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death

Short Film — September

Academy Fellowship — Terry Gilliam


08/02/2009 23:55:02