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Atonement Takes BAFTA's Big Prize
But La Vie En Rose wins the most

11 February 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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Though Atonement led the field with fourteen nominations, the prizes were spread far and wide at tonight’s BAFTA ceremony. Atonement did take the big prize of the night, Best Picture (yet oddly wasn’t chosen as Best British Film), but its only other win was in Production Design. In fact, it turned out to be La Vie En Rose that spent the most time at the podium, with four prizes.

Some of the winners were as you may have predicted – Daniel Day Lewis took a well earned Best Actor trophy for There Will Be Blood; Diablo Cody proved a popular choice for Best Original Screenplay for Juno; Javier Bardem won for Best Supporting Actor and the Coen brothers for Best Director(s), both for No Country For Old Men – but there were some big surprises in there too.

Tilda Swinton was an unexpected, but entirely deserving, victor for her turn in Michael Clayton. She’s also nominated in the same category at the Oscars later this month. Shane Meadows' fantastic This Is England pipped Atonement to Best British Film. Maybe the biggest surprise was Marion Cotillard, who took Best Actress for La Vie En Rose. Julie Christie had been the clear favourite for the prize, particularly at an awards show voted for by Brits, but the prize went to the French actress for her turn as Edith Piaf.

It wasn't the most exciting of ceremonies – when will BAFTA give the presenting gig to Ricky Gervais, rather than Jonathan Ross, who soars at the British Comedy Awards but oddly flounders here? – but it's hard to argue with many of the winners and some, such as Tilda Swinton and recognition for The Bourne Ultimatum, do credit to the academy.

What does this mean for the Oscars? Well, not much as the BAFTAs rarely serve as much of an indicator. It would be an enormous surprise if Atonement repeated its Best Picture success there, given its lack of nominations in the other big categories. Many of the others followed predictions and trends of the season. But could this indicate a slowing of momentum for Julie Christie, who's won the most Best Actress awards this season? Might we see Cotillard repeat her success?

The complete winners are:

Best FilmAtonement (Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster)

Best British FilmThis Is England (Mark Herbert/Shane Meadows)

The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film Matt Greenhalgh (Writer, Control)

Best DirectorJoel Coen/Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men)

Best Original ScreenplayDiablo Cody (Juno)

Best Adapted ScreenplayRonald Harwood (The Diving Bell and The Butterfly)

Best Film Not In The English LanguageThe Lives of Others (Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann/Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)

Best Animated FilmRatatouille

Best Actor Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood)

Best ActressMarion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)

Best Supporting Actor Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men)

Best Supporting ActressTilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)

Best Music La Vie En Rose (Christopher Gunning)

Best CinematographyNo Country For Old Men (Roger Deakins)

Best Editing The Bourne Ultimatum (Christopher Rouse)

Best Production DesignAtonement (Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer)

Best Costume DesignLa Vie En Rose (Marit Allen)

Best SoundThe Bourne Ultimatum (Kirk Francis/Scott Millan/David Parker/Karen Baker Landers/Per Hallberg)

Best Visual Effects The Golden Compass (Michael Fink/Bill Westenhofer/Ben Morris/Trevor Wood)

Best Make Up and Hair La Vie En Rose (Jan Archibald/Didier Lavergne)

Best Short AnimationThe Pearce Sisters (Jo Allen/Luis Cook)

Best Short FilmDog Altogether (Diarmid Scrimshaw/Paddy Considine)

The Orange Rising Star AwardShia LaBeouf


To read our minute-by-minute blog of the BAFTA cermony, click here.


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RE: Atonement Takes BAFTA's Big Prize
can't get over the fact that assination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford up for best film?! Worse still it wasn't even nominated in the Cinematography category. I know Roger Deakins won for No Country but I feel that his work on Jesse James should have been acknowledged, its a stunning looking film. More

Posted by Darth Goonie at 16:14 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Atonement Takes BAFTA's Big Prize
How come it says British awards when the french and americans won them? Or is it the British people who voted? I'm confused. It was all relly serious films as well? Wheres the fun? I totally agree with the rising star award. He was really good in transformers. Though Ellen Page is a good acterss too. More

Posted by white mage at 12:27 on 13 February 2008 | Report This Post

If I was in charge of the Baftas...
Pirates would have won specail effects (why on earth did golden compass win, i mean seriously none of it really stood out to me but thats not to say the polar bear fight wasn't fun) Also what was CGI in boune ultimatum? More

Posted by Ricorodrigeuz at 21:47 on 12 February 2008 | Report This Post

nooooo
i wanted ellen page to win :( she was by far the best than some dull french lass More

Posted by jemba at 17:11 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: What A Shocker!
The Best British Film is decided by a separate jury; Best Picture is awarded by the Academy as a whole.   Keria Knightley prading around like she's the best but she didn't win! Ha! Still disappointed that James Mcavoy didn't win best actor but I was over the moon when Shia Labeouf won rising star award. He did desvere it and it shut Sienna Miller up!p; ^^^did lol @ female misogyny in this post. More

Posted by dielo at 16:38 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

Gervais presenting?
Er, what earthly reason would there be to give him a role connected to the film world other then just his being an over-hyped whore? More

Posted by timkins at 16:10 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

Gervais presenting?
Er, what earthly reason would there be to give him a role connected to the film world other then just his being an over-hyped whore? More

Posted by timkins at 16:09 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

Bring back Stephen Fry
It was an interesting show with some surprise winners but I'm sorry to say Johnathan Ross sucked, he just doesn't have the wit of Stephen Fry. I was glad to see Marion win best actress, truly diserving, but think Viggo should have got best actor, but then again I haven't seen there will be blood yet.... More

Posted by sjmanfa at 14:31 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

Congrats to a delightfully suprised Marion Cotillard on winning Best Actress!!!! Also happy to see Shia LaBeouf win the Orange Rising Star award, he is a better talent than Sienna Miller - who I thought was going to win. Besides she has been known for years - prob more for her love life than acting, but the rest of the nominees really only became 'public' names in the past year. More

Posted by Laura T at 13:54 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Best British Film
I agree, Keira is a good actress.  She was excellant in Pride & Prejudice, and amazingly like her character in the book of Atonement.  Why does she get such bitching?  Is it because she is beautiful as well?   Am really pleased Juno won for screenplay, Tlda Swinton is a great actress and Javier Bardem is well deserving too. More

Posted by Hamsta at 13:25 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

Best British Film
I've not seen 'This is England' but I can't imagine it having a greater emotional impact on me than 'Control'. That really was a stunning film, and Sam Riley IS Ian Curtis. Also, why the anti Keira Knightley feeling? She may very well have been in some utter tosh, but she CAN act, and I think fellow Brits should support her, rather than run her down. More

Posted by peterelson at 11:21 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

Best British Film
I've not seen 'This is England' but I can't imagine it having a greater emotional impact on me than 'Control'. That really was a stunning film, and Sam Riley IS Ian Curtis. Also, why the anti Keira Knightley feeling? She may very well have been in some utter tosh, but she CAN act, and I think fellow Brits should support her, rather than run her down. More

Posted by peterelson at 11:20 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

What i'm struggling to understand is....
every single critic is calling 'There will be blood' a masterpiece, one of the best films ever made, and yet it is not winning any of the big awards (acting apart), surely it should be beating 'Atonement'?? i just dont get it?? Surely Atonement won becasue it is a British film, not because it is better than 'TWBB'?? anyone else agree?? More

Posted by Moosedog at 10:27 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

What A Shocker!
Whoa! Fourteen noms and only gets two?! That is shocking and a french film winning more than others? I think it's the best one yet, stuipd Keria Knightley prading around like she's the best but she didn't win! Ha! Still disappointed that James Mcavoy didn't win best actor but I was over the moon when Shia Labeouf won rising star award. He did desvere it and it shut Sienna Miller up! In all, the best awards so far. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 09:50 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

Still pissed off no Transformers in visual effects category. Golden Compass winning just adds insult to injury (not as much as Bourne would have). POTC3 would have got my vote with what was left. More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:58 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

When will BAFTA give the presenting gig to Ricky Gervais?
Never, that's when. Did you not see that one trick pony flounder himself at the Diana concert? That summed up his talent right there. Jonathan Ross should've ignored all the Oscar like script and made it up on the go. More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 06:30 on 11 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
the thing about atonement winning best film despite not taking best british picture really annoys me. the same thing happened last year with the queen taking best picture but losing out on best british film to the last king of scotland. it just lessons the value of the awards and makes them seem trivial. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 23:57 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
No fucking way. Control should have won Best British Film hands down. This Is England was good but I can remember barely any of it since seeing it at the cinema. I have had a real craving to see Control since I saw it on day of release and I eagerly await intoducing my girlfriend to it tomorrow night after I but the DVD tomorrow, truly incredible stuff. Atonement.... Its a great film, but I know for a fact No Country is better and I am 95% sure I will feel the same about There Will Be More

Posted by badassmofo at 23:13 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

See, I've never really seen the big enthusiasm for Day-Lewis. He's good, but is he really that fantastic? More

Posted by Cinema_Junkie at 23:01 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
The Golden Compass effects were pretty abismal, and even at their best in the film, they were still sub par. I cant complain about  anything else though, but that award sticks out like an elephant in a flock of sheep. More

Posted by kumar at 22:30 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
den Compassg for visual effects ahead of Pirates 3 and Transformers (which wasn't even NOMINATED!) is just wrong..... gif] More

Posted by pablohoolio at 21:54 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

Wow!
The Rising Star Award was shared?! Congratulations Olly Richards! More

Posted by AYBGerrardo at 21:54 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Kinda weird having a Best Picture and Best British Film category when a British film can be nominated (and apparently win) in the former. That's like an insult to the winner of the Best British Film: "oh we liked your film... just not enough to nominate it in the Best Film category". If there were no British films in the Best Picture category (which then would be treated like a Foreign Film category), it would make sense. Oh well, not the end of the world. More

Posted by Dantes Inferno at 21:46 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

well atleast Day-Lewis and Javier Bardem can rest easy knowing they deserve their awards, the rest is pretty much just a reach around for those who got hype. More

Posted by CameronJames at 21:15 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

Hmm...
The only awards I can say I agree with there are for Daniel Day Lewis, The Lives Of Others (although its a 2006 film) and (maybe) Diablo Cody for Juno. No Country was good but not THAT good, I'm kind of mystified at some of the praise its been getting. Of the rest, This Is England was OK, but I don't know if I'd go as far as saying it was the best British film of the year. Other than that, theres nothing there to get that excited about, but cheers for saving me 2 hours watching it on TV. More

Posted by Indio at 21:10 on 10 February 2008 | Report This Post

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