Atonement Wins Big At Baftasby Contributor | 11 February 2008
British film Atonement took the best film prize at the Bafta awards ceremony on Sunday.
Joe Wright's adaptation of the Ian McEwan bestseller defeated tough competition from the likes of No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood to take the top award, though the film missed out in the majority of categories.
Though Atonement was nominated for 14 awards, its acting and creative talents were largely overlooked on the night, with the eventual winners expected to indicate the likely victors at this year's Oscars.
Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor for his role as amoral oil prospector Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood while there was a surprise win in the best actress category for Marion Cotillard, who was recognised for her portrayal of French singer Edith Piaf in There Will Be Blood.
Tilda Swinton was another unexpected winner in the best supporting actress, defeating the favourite Cate Blanchett, though there was no such shock for the male equivalent, with Javier Bardem taking the award as expected for his turn in No Country For Old Men, which also saw the best director prize awarded to Joel and Ethan Coen.
The original screenplay prize was claimed by Diablo Cody for Juno while Ronald Harwood's adaptation of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly saw him take the win in the adapted screenplay category.
The Lives of Others won the award for best film not in the English language while Sir Anthony Hopkins was presented with the Academy fellowship by his friend Lord Richard Attenborough.