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'Atonement' wins best picture at BAFTA film awards

By Prashant Rao  /  AP , LONDON

Atonement, the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's best-selling novel, was named best film at the star-studded BAFTAs, the UK's showpiece movie awards, on Sunday.

Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor for his role in There Will Be Blood, and French actress Marion Cotillard was the surprise winner of the best actress award for La Vie En Rose, in which she played singer Edith Piaf.

The British Academy Film and Television Arts awards took on increased importance this year, after a writers' strike in the US reduced the Golden Globes, traditionally the second-biggest film awards after the Oscars, to a mere news conference last month.

Overall, though Atonement, a romantic drama about life and love in World War II, had been nominated in 14 categories, it managed to win only two, with the other coming in the production design category.

Discussing whether or not the night had been a disappointment for the cast and crew of Atonement, co-producer Eric Fellner said: "When you are nominated 14 times and see 12 losses it's a great relief. Being nominated is an extraordinary thing. I'm incredibly happy to have 14 nominations and two wins."

While Day-Lewis was the favorite to win the best actor gong, Cotillard's victory meant Julie Christie, for Away From Her, and Keira Knightley, for Atonement, left empty-handed. The former was favorite to win.

Her award comes after she won a Golden Globe for the same performance, and the 32-year-old has also been nominated for an Oscar.

La Vie En Rose finished with four awards, the most of any film at the BAFTAs - it also won in the music, costume design and makeup categories, with Cotillard having to play Piaf as a 19-year-old and, eventually, as a frail woman who died aged 47.

A list of winners and nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2008:

 

■Best Film

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Brian Grazer/Ridley Scott

ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster

THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Scott Rudin/Joel Coen/Ethan Coen

THERE WILL BE BLOOD – JoAnne Sellar/Paul Thomas Anderson/Daniel Lupi

■Best British Film

ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster/Joe Wright/Christopher Hampton

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Frank Marshall/Patrick Crowley/Paul L Sandberg/Paul Greengrass/Tony Gilroy/Scott Z. Burns/George Nolfi

CONTROL – Orian Williams/ Todd Eckert/Anton Corbijn/Matt Greenhalgh

EASTERN PROMISES – Paul Webster/Robert Lantos/David Cronenberg/Steve Knight

THIS IS ENGLAND – Mark Herbert/Shane Meadows

■The Carl Foreman Award For Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film

CHRIS ATKINS (Director/Writer) – Taking Liberties

MIA BAYS (Producer) – Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

SARAH GAVRON (Director) – Brick Lane

MATT GREENHALGH (Writer) – Control

ANDREW PIDDINGTON (Director/Writer) – The Killing of John Lennon

■Director

ATONEMENT – Joe Wright

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Paul Greengrass

THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen

THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson

■Original Screenplay

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Steven Zaillian

JUNO – Diablo Cody

THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

MICHAEL CLAYTON – Tony Gilroy

THIS IS ENGLAND – Shane Meadows

■Adapted Screenplay

ATONEMENT – Christopher Hampton

THE KITE RUNNER – David Benioff

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY – Ronald Harwood

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen

THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson

■Film not in the English Language

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY – Kathleen Kennedy/Jon Kilik/Julian Schnabel

THE KITE RUNNER – William Horberg/Walter Parkes/Rebecca Yeldham/Marc Foster

THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann/Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

LUST, CAUTION – Bill Kong/James Schamus/Ang Lee

LA VIE EN ROSE – Alain Goldman/Olivier Dahan

■Leading Actress

CATE BLANCHETT – Elizabeth: The Golden Age

JULIE CHRISTIE – Away From Her

MARION COTILLARD – La Vie en Rose

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY – Atonement

ELLEN PAGE – Juno

■Leading Actor

GEORGE CLOONEY – Michael Clayton

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – There Will Be Blood

JAMES McAVOY – Atonement

VIGGO MORTENSEN – Eastern Promises

ULRICH MUHE – The Lives of Others

■Supporting Actress

CATE BLANCHETT – I’m Not There

KELLY MACDONALD – No Country for Old Men

SAMANTHA MORTON – Control

SAOIRSE RONAN – Atonement

TILDA SWINTON – Michael Clayton

■Supporting Actor

JAVIER BARDEM – No Country for Old Men

PAUL DANO – There Will Be Blood

TOMMY LEE JONES – No Country for Old Men

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – Charlie Wilson’s War

TOM WILKINSON – Michael Clayton



■Music

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Marc Streitenfeld

ATONEMENT – Dario Marianelli

THE KITE RUNNER – Alberto Iglesias

THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Jonny Greenwood

LA VIE EN ROSE – Christopher Gunning

■Animated Film

RATATOUILLE – Brad Bird

SHREK THE THIRD – Chris Miller

THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – David Silverman



Source: BAFTA


She later said that her award victory was "totally surreal" and added: "I'm absolutely shocked, totally shocked. I'm so happy ... I don't know what Edith Piaf would think about this. I hope she would be happy."

Sunday's victory for Day-Lewis, 50, gives him his second BAFTA, having won one in 1990, and follows similar successes at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors' Guild Awards, and his portrayal of oil baron Daniel Plainview has also earned him an Oscar nomination.

On Sunday evening, he beat out, among others, James McAvoy for Atonement and George Clooney for Michael Clayton.

"It didn't occur to me when I was doing the film that it would be a film that a lot of people would want to see," Day-Lewis said backstage after the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Joel and Ethan Coen won in the best director category for their dark thriller No Country for Old Men at the ceremony at central London's Royal Opera House.

Transformers star Shia LaBeouf won the Orange rising star award, and Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins was presented with the BAFTA fellowship.

Tilda Swinton was named best supporting actress for Michael Clayton while Javier Bardem won in the Best Supporting Actor category for No Country for Old Men.

Though the BAFTAs normally play second fiddle to the Golden Globes, the writers' strike in the US gave the awards - officially the Orange British Academy Film Awards but popularly known as BAFTAs - extra importance.

The unions representing striking Hollywood screenwriters said on Saturday, however, that they had agreed to a deal to settle their three-month-old dispute, and could be back at work within days if the deal meets with union members' approval.

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