Slumdog Millionaire Sweeps Baftas With Seven Awardsby Contributor | 09 February 2009
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