"Vera Drake" and "Aviator" Take BAFTAs
by Brian Brooks
With just two weeks until Oscar night, "Vera Drake" and "The Aviator" drummed up multiple wins in London at the BAFTAs, with Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated "Aviator" taking the prize for best film. Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake," meanwhile, took the "David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction" as well as the best lead actress prize for Imelda Staunton, who is nominated for an Oscar in the same category.
Best actor went to Academy Award-nominee Jamie Foxx for "Ray," while Clive Owen ("Closer") won best actor in a supporting role. "The Aviator"'s Cate Blanchett took best actress in a supporting role for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn.
In other prizes, Pawel Pawlikowski's "My Summer of Love" won the "Alexandra Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year" and writer/director Amma Asante ("For a Way of Life") received the "Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director/Producer or Writer in their First Feature."
Best original screenplay went to Charlie Kaufman for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" as well as the prize for editing (Valdís Óskarsdóttir) while Walter Salles' "The Motorcycle Diaries" took best non-English language film. "Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban" was named "The Orange Film of the Year." Members of the general public vote the prize. The Orange British Academy Film Awards took place in the British capital Saturday night.
[ For a complete list of BAFTA winners, visit the indieWIRE Awards blog. ]