'Up' wins U.K. regional journalists' award

2:36 AM PST 01/28/2010 by Stuart Kemp, AP

Carey Mulligan wins performance of the year, rising star

LONDON -- In a world presently awash with awards, BAFTA voters and Academy voters from this side of the pond will be noting the winner of this year's Richard Attenborough Award film of the year, Pixar/Disney's "Up."

They may not be the biggest awards, but the Attenboroughs -- dished out Thursday by regional media journalists here -- always have a strong British sentiment ahead of the Orange British Academy Film Awards and the U.K. contingent voting for the Oscars.

Actress Carey Mulligan's hopes for next month's BAFTAs and a tilt at an Oscar got a boost, winning the Attenborough for performance of the year in "An Education" and the daytime event's rising star nod.

Filmmaker of the year went to James Cameron for "Avatar," and Sam Rockwell took home the best actor nod for "Moon."

And Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner's script for "Up in the Air" snaffled the Attenborough screenwriter prize.

Attenborough himself took home the legend of the year award while acknowledging he was keeping good company with the other winners.

"Last year has shown the cinema to be resilient and innovative, with audiences eager to share and enjoy the uniquely immersive theatrical experience. It has also brought a marvellous array of films with compelling performances from experienced and emerging talents who can accept their accolades safe in the knowledge that their work has left its mark on millions of cinema-goers," Attenborough said.

Last year, "Slumdog Millionaire" won the film of the year award at the same awards ceremony before going on to both BAFTA and Oscar glory.
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