"Slumdog," "Man on Wire," Ledger, Winslet and McDonagh Win BAFTA Awards

News   "Slumdog," "Man on Wire," Ledger, Winslet and McDonagh Win BAFTA Awards
"Slumdog Millionaire" won seven awards at the Orange British Academy Awards, presented Feb. 8 in a ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.
Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The much-honored film took the trophy for Best Film and also won awards for Danny Boyle as Best Director, Simon Beaufoy for Adapted Screenplay, and AR Rahman (previously represented in the West End by his scores for Bombay Dreams and The Lord of the Rings that he co-wrote with Finnish group Värttinä) for Music, among others. Though the film versions of "Mamma Mia!" and "Frost/Nixon" received multiple nominations, both went home empty handed. Instead, major wins were registered by the British-funded "Man on Wire," a documentary based on the real-life story of a highwire walker who walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, which was named Outstanding British Film; Martin McDonagh, who won the award for original screenplay for his script for "In Bruges"; with the leading acting awards going to Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet for "The Wrestler" and "The Reader," respectively. The supporting actor award went to Heath Ledger for his performance in "The Dark Knight," and the supporting actress award was taken by Penelope Cruz for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

For a full list of the winners visit www.bafta.org/awards.

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