'Atonement' is best at BAFTAs
For top actress winner Cotillard, 'Rose' is just as sweetOn a glittering Sunday night at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, "Atonement" took the best film award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards.
However, the British hot favorite with 14 nominations was eclipsed by the Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie en Rose," which stole the night with four awards, including one for best actress Marion Cotillard.
"Atonement" also picked up the best production design award, while "Rose" also won for music, costume design and makeup and hair.
Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor for his performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's epic tale of family, oil and greed, "There Will be Blood." The category was hotly contested, with George Clooney in "Michael Clayton," James McAvoy in "Atonement" and Viggo Mortensen in "Eastern Promises" also nominated.
Barry Wilkinson was feted for outstanding British contribution to cinema, while veteran actor Anthony Hopkins was handed the academy fellowship.
Joel and Ethan Coen won the director award for "No Country for Old Men," and Javier Bardem was named best supporting actor for his performance in the film. "No Country" also took home the cinematography award, beating "Atonement," "Blood" and "The Bourne Ultimatum."
"To be recognized in a country where there is this huge tradition is an honor in itself," said Bardem.
Tilda Swinton took home the best supporting actress for her role as the corrupt and desperate executive who orders a hit in the tense corporate thriller "Michael Clayton."
The best British film award was handed to "This Is England," while "The Lives of Others" won in the best film not in the English-language category, which includes Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." "Butterfly" nonetheless took home the best adapted screenplay honor for writer Ronald Harwood, who prompted laughter with his aside from the podium that he was "no longer on strike."
"Bourne" picked up the awards for best sound and best editing, and "Ratatouille" took the best animated film award.
The Carl Foreman award for special achievement by a British director, writer or producer for their first feature film was awarded to Matt Greenhalgh for the Joy Division biopic "Control."
Best original screenplay honors went to newcomer Diablo Cody for "Juno," while the Orange rising star award was handed to Shia LaBeouf.
The award for special visual effects was awarded to Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood for the lush children's drama "The Golden Compass."
"The Pearce Sisters" was named best short animation, while "Dog Altogether" was named best short film.