Branagh, Walters win BAFTAs

U.S. series 'Mad Men,' Simon Cowell also nab TV awards

LONDON -- Kenneth Branagh emerged victorious Sunday evening to secure the coveted best actor award at this year's BAFTA TV awards ahead of Brendan Gleeson, John Hurt and newcomer David Oyelowo.

The awards, Britain's top television nods, were handed out June 6 at a star-studded showbiz gala at the Palladium theater in London's West End and broadcast near-live on BBC1 here.

Branagh, who wasn't here as he is directing in the U.S., won for his turn in the bleak Scandinavian detective series "Wallander."

Film and TV actress Julie Walters was nominated twice in the best actress category, for her performances in political biopic "Mo" and euthanasia drama "A Short Stay in Switzerland." She won it for "Mo."

Walters beat herself, Helena Bonham Carter, who received her first BAFTA TV nomination for BBC4 drama "Enid," and first-time BAFTA nominee Sophie Okonedo for "Mrs Mandela."

Walters, picking up her nod, said: "Oh BAFTA, you shouldn't have."

Matthew Macfadyen is in Spain filming so couldn't make it to pick up the new supporting actor nod for his outing as a controlling barrister murdered by his wife in "Criminal Justice."

Presenter Emilia Fox walked off with the famous mask trophy, noting she was undecided on whether or not she'd actually give him it.

The other new supporting nod also had no recipient as Rebecca Hall is in the U.S. and could not pick it up for her turn in "Red Riding," the television drama about the hunt for a child killer in Yorkshire in the 1970s. Director Julian Jarrold picked it up for her.

Actor Peter Capaldi and actress Rebecca Front, two stars of the BBC's coruscating, sweary political satire "The Thick of It," walked off with the evening's BAFTAs for best male and best female comedy performers respectively. The show also won the evening's best situation comedy nod.

"Mad Men," the advertising industry 1950s-set U.S. drama broadcast on BBC4, scooped the International gong, beating the likes of "Family Guy" and "True Blood."

"Britain's Got Talent" scored a win with its first nomination in the Entertainment category while the best entertainment performance was secured by "BGT" hosts and ITV duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donelly for their presenting skills on ITV's "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here."

The duo presented Simon Cowell with the BAFTA special award for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry and for the development of new talent.

The man behind "The X Factor," "American Idol" and "Britain's Got Talent" took to the stage and likened winning the BAFTA with the time he first watched color television with his father.

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E4 series "Misfits," about five outsiders on community service, won the drama series gong, with the cast joking on stage that "juvenile depraved filth had been crafted into such a great BAFTA-winning show."

The BAFTA TV awards also included a nod voted on by YouTube audiences, which went to comedy series "The Inbetweeners," a comedy about a group of final-year school boys.

For a full list of winners visit bafta.org.
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