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Film Awards in 2009: Winners Announced

8 February 2009
Danny Boyle with Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2009BAFTA / Richard Kendal

The winners of the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2009 have been announced at a ceremony in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE WINS 7 BAFTA AWARDS INCLUDING BEST FILM

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON WINS 3 AWARDS

KATE WINSLETT WINS FOR THE READER

MICKEY ROURKE WINS FOR THE WRESTLER

Slumdog Millionaire was named Best Film at tonight’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, held at London’s Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Director for Danny Boyle, Adapted Screenplay, Music, Cinematography, Editing and Sound.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won three BAFTAs; for Production Design, Make Up & Hair and Special Visual Effects.

Kate Winslet was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for The Reader. The Supporting Actress BAFTA went to Penélope Cruz for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Mickey Rourke won the Leading Actor award for The Wrestler and the Supporting Actor award was presented posthumously to Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight.

In a very good night for British film, In Bruges won the BAFTA for Original Screenplay and The Duchess won the BAFTA for Costume Design.

Director/writer Steve McQueen received The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film for Hunger.

The BAFTA for Outstanding British Film went to the documentary Man on Wire.

I’ve Loved You So Long took away the Film Not in the English Language BAFTA and the award for Animated Film went to Wall•E.

Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death won the Short Animation award and the Short Film award was presented to September.

Two awards were announced earlier this week: the Academy Fellowship was awarded to Terry Gilliam and the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema was presented to Pinewood and Shepperton Studios.

The Orange Rising Star Award was presented to Noel Clarke, director and star of Adulthood. This award recognises an international actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and has begun to be recognised as a film star in the making. This award, now in its fourth year, was created in honour of Mary Selway, the highly respected casting director, who died in 2004.

8 February 2009

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