Danny Boyle, Stewart Till win RAAM Awards

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' wins film of the year

LONDON -- Danny Boyle and Icon U.K. chief Stewart Till were among the names walking away with honors from the annual RAAM Award ceremony held Wednesday evening in the British capital.

During a gala ceremony at London's Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, the RAAM international award was presented to Boyle, with industry honors going to Till while independent cinema operator David Williams of WTW cinemas and John Kelleher the recently retired director of the Irish Film Certification Board also picked up industry awards.

Based on public voting through the boxoffice the awards are presented annually to the individuals and companies working in the U.K. and Irish film distribution and cinema industry.
Film distribution honors were shared among Fox, Warners, Entertainment and Optimum, with Disney making a mark in the new 3D category.

CineWorld won awards in the boxoffice driven U.K. and Irish cinema of the year categories with Vue setting the pace in the Retail Team of the Year. Independent Cinema awards were presented to the Phoenix Cinema Falmouth and the Lighthouse Cinema Dublin.

Roger Pollock, evp International Distribution and Operations at Paramount Pictures International and a member of the awards board said: "For the first time the U.K market passed the £1 billion ($1.6 billion) mark. This is a major achievement and shows that despite the recession the U.K. and Irish cinema had a fantastic year. Boxoffice figures confirm the public vote on the top movies released during the year."

The RAAM Award winners follow:

International Award
Danny Boyle

Industry Award -- Ireland
John Kelleher
Industry Award -- distribution
Stewart Till

Industry Award -- exhibition
David Williams

Movie of the year
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," Warner Bros.

Foreign-language movie of the year
"Coco Before Chanel," Optimum Releasing

3D movie of the year
"Up," Walt Disney Studios

IMAX 3D movie of the year
"Avatar," 20th Century Fox

Distributor of the year
20th Century Fox

Independent distributor of the year
Entertainment Films

Cinema of the year U.K.
CineWorld, Glasgow