'Slumdog Millionaire' wins 7 BAFTA nods
Kate Winslet, Mickey Rourke win lead actor awardsMore from the BAFTAs
LONDON -- Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" dominated this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards, scooping seven awards including best film, director, cinematography and adapted screenplay for writer Simon Beaufoy.
"I've had a complex relationship with this statue," Beaufoy said to a packed Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden. "I have a plastic one that I bought from eBay, a chocolate one that I stole from the dinner one year and now, well ..."
"Slumdog" producer Christian Coulson will be hoping his trip to the podium for the best film nod will be repeated again in a few weeks at the Oscars. The BAFAS are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Mickey Rourke's career rehabilitation continued apace, slamming home the evening's lead actor prize for his performance as a washed-up grappler in "The Wrestler."
The Brits demanded a less gushing acceptance from Kate Winslet for her performance as a former Nazi guard in "The Reader," which secured her a best actress award.
Perhaps the least surprising decision of the evening saw Heath Ledger's turn as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" earn the late actor a best supporting actor nod.
Best supporting actress was handed to Penelope Cruz for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
The original screenplay award was presented to Martin McDonagh for "In Bruges," with Beaufoy taking the adapted screenplay nod.
The BAFTA for outstanding British film this year went to documentary "Man on Wire," one of the evening's two awards specifically given to British endeavors.
In the event's other exclusively British category, artist-turned-director Steve McQueen took home the Carl Foreman award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their first feature film. Having been nominated in 11 categories, David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" scored three wins -- for production design, makeup and hair and special visual effects.
The trophy for best non-English-language movie went to "I've Loved You So Long," while "WALL-E" tidied its way to a win in the animated feature category.
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