UPI, Vue tops at RAAM nods

Fifth annual U.K. distribution and cinema exhibition nods

LONDON -- The fifth annual RAAM Award winners in the U.K. and Irish film distribution and cinema exhibition categories were announced in London on Wednesday night.

During a gala ceremony at London's Millennium Mayfair Hotel, which raised funds for the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund, the RAAM international award was presented to Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli on recognition of the outstanding boxoffice achievements of the James Bond franchise.

Universal Pictures International picked up two awards -- best movie for "Mamma Mia!" and the nod for top distributor in the U.K. and Ireland in 2008.

In the awards for top performance in exhibition, Vue repeated its success of last year, again winning the award for best circuit in the U.K. and Ireland.

Entertainment Films ruled the independent distributor category for its release of “Sex and the City.”

Andrew Cripps, president, Paramount Pictures International received the international industry achievement award, while Winstone Films’ Mike Ewin won the U.K. industry achievement award.