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Slumdog Bags The BAFTAs
Well, most of them anyway

09 February 2009  |  Written by Emily Phillips  

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The Empire team let out a heartfelt cheer this evening as Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire romped to victory at the BAFTAs. Scooping a total of seven gongs, including Best Film, Best Director and best Adapted Screenplay. Coming in a distant second was The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, with three awards, but by any standard tonight was Slumdog's night.

Kate Winslet added yet another shiny ornament for her mantelpiece, scooping Best Actress. Nominated for both Revolutionary Road and The Reader, Winslet picked up the award for the latter, fears of a split vote proving unfounded. Penelope Cruz took Best Supporting Actor for her role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Mickey Rourke seemed genuinely humbled when he took the stage to accept Best Actor for The Wrestler and also won Empire's honorary award for best speech of the evening when he thanked Darren Aronofsky for taking a chance on him after he'd spent a great many years “fucking up” his career. Doctor Who veteran Noel Clark beat out the opposition to secure the Orange Rising Star Award  while, in the least surprising moment ever, Heath Ledger's phenomenal turn as The Joker in Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight was recognised as Ledger received a posthumous award for Best Supporting Actor.

Click here to see photos of the 2009 BAFTA winners and presenters.

The full list of winners:

BEST FILM
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
FROST/NIXON
MILK
THE READER
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
HUNGER
IN BRUGES
MAMMA MIA!
MAN ON WIRE
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

LEADING ACTOR
FRANK LANGELLA Frost/Nixon
DEV PATEL Slumdog Millionaire
SEAN PENN Milk
BRAD PITT The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
MICKEY ROURKE The Wrestler

LEADING ACTRESS
ANGELINA JOLIE Changeling
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS I’ve Loved You So Long
MERYL STREEP Doubt
KATE WINSLET The Reader
KATE WINSLET Revolutionary Road

SUPPORTING ACTOR
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. Tropic Thunder
BRENDAN GLEESON In Bruges
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN Doubt
HEATH LEDGER The Dark Knight
BRAD PITT Burn After Reading

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS Doubt
PENÉLOPE CRUZ Vicky Cristina Barcelona
FREIDA PINTO Slumdog Millionaire
TILDA SWINTON Burn After Reading
MARISA TOMEI The Wrestler

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film
SIMON CHINN Producer – Man On Wire
JUDY CRAYMER Producer – Mamma Mia!
GARTH JENNINGS Writer – Son of Rambow
STEVE McQUEEN Director/Writer – Hunger
SOLON PAPADOPOULOS / ROY BOULTER Producers – Of Time And The City

DIRECTOR
CHANGELING Clint Eastwood
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON David Fincher
FROST/NIXON Ron Howard
THE READER Stephen Daldry
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Danny Boyle

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BURN AFTER READING Joel Coen / Ethan Coen
CHANGELING J. Michael Straczynski
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG Philippe Claudel
IN BRUGES Martin McDonagh
MILK Dustin Lance Black

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON Eric Roth
FROST/NIXON Peter Morgan
THE READER David Hare
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD Justin Haythe
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Simon Beaufoy

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX
GOMORRAH
I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
PERSEPOLIS
WALTZ WITH BASHIR

ANIMATED FILM
PERSEPOLIS
WALL•E
WALTZ WITH BASHIR 

MUSIC
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON Alexandre Desplat THE DARK KNIGHT Hans Zimmer / James Newton Howard
MAMMA MIA! Benny Andersson / Björn Ulvaeus
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE A. R. Rahman
WALL•E Thomas Newman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE READER
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

EDITING
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
FROST/NIXON
IN BRUGES
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

PRODUCTION DESIGN
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

COSTUME DESIGN
CHANGELING
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE DUCHESS
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

SOUND
CHANGELING
THE DARK KNIGHT
QUANTUM OF SOLACE
SLUMDOG MILLIONARE
WALL•E

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
IRON MAN
QUANTUM OF SOLACE

MAKE UP & HAIR
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
THE DUCHESS
FROST/NIXON
MILK

SHORT ANIMATION
CODSWALLOP
VARMINTS
WALLACE AND GROMIT: A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH

SHORT FILM
KINGSLAND #1 THE DREAMER
LOVE YOU MORE
RALPH
SEPTEMBER
VOYAGES D’AFFAIRES (THE BUSINESS TRIP)

ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
MICHAEL CERA
NOEL CLARKE
MICHAEL FASSBENDER
REBECCA HALL
TOBY KEBBELL 


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RE: RE:
L: bobthegrinch L: elab49 Giving it to a young, credible, actor/writer/director seems to be exactly the point of the award. Hall was a non-starter especially if, like me, you don't find her remotely impressive. Fassbender was impressive enough in Hunger, but his TV work has seen some pretty unremarkable attempts at acting (Hex and Devil's Whore, the Sherlock Holmes thing). Kebbell would have been, I think, the best choice - excellent in the films I've seen him in and absolutely superb More

Posted by elab49 at 23:28 on 10 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Slum Dog Shit
Another load of shite as usual More

Posted by doncopey1 at 21:29 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Slum Dog Shit
I thought it was a good show, tbh I haven't seen most of the films nominated but mostly read great buzz about all of them.   Think The Dark Knight was the outsider in all categories aside from Supporting Actor so I was a little disappointed that it didn't win anything else but not really surprised.   I would have said it was a fair bet for makeup (Joker/Two Face) or visual effects (Two Face/pyrotechnics/stunt work) if Benjamin Button wasn't nominated but the work done to chang More

Posted by Marwood at 16:36 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

BAFTAs DuffTAs more like
I agree with most of the awards except that Wall.E should have won for Best Sound and not Slumdog since Wall.E was basically a silent movie for the first half it needed the sound to create such an amazing atmosphere and lets face it Wall.E only speaks in sounds. Waltz with Bashir should have picked up Best Film in a Foreign Language, Kate Winslett was embarssing, clutching her hands acting all 'well done you'. I like her but as the years have gone by she's an award whore, she only does films now More

Posted by Taz69 at 16:34 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Slum Dog Shit
Ok.................your a huge sci fi fan thats great! there are loads of people out there that are, i am aswell! But dont come on here talking complete trash about two films you havent even seen! Slumdog Millionaire and Benjamin Button are both works of genius and deserve the recognition that they are getting. No one on here cares if there not your cup of tea. There havent been any decent award worthy sci fi films in years! the last one which was BRILLIANT! was Sunshine, another Danny Boyle fi More

Posted by Darren3 at 15:54 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

Badly Disappointed.
Whats with the constant winning awards of Slumdog Millonare? It's not feel-good, it looks awful and I hate the fuss it's given. Boring! Glad that Kate Winset and Mickey Rouke won the actor and actress award but the real bummer was Michael Fassbender not wining Orange Rising Star. Who the hell was Noah Clarke? That bloke can act in Hunger and Eden Lake, he's got more films than that twat ever will. I'm sorry but I'm badly disappointed by that descion, demand a recount! More

Posted by joanna likes films at 14:21 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Slum Dog Shit
L: Halo14 Well, I just have to say that Slumdog looks like dogshit to me. It looks fucken boring man. Maybe it's cause I'm a big sci-fi fan. Bring on the new Terminator!! Yeah baby. Bring on Watchmen. Bring on Avatar. Don't bore me with dogshit, and don't bore me with Benjiman Butt-Rash. sp; lovely More

Posted by waltham1979 at 14:06 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Personally I never understood why they replaced the Best Film award by public vote. Rising Star seems totally pointless.   And besides Miss Hall should have won on account of being the fittest nominee! More

Posted by hughjass at 13:37 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: elab49 Giving it to a young, credible, actor/writer/director seems to be exactly the point of the award. Hall was a non-starter especially if, like me, you don't find her remotely impressive. Fassbender was impressive enough in Hunger, but his TV work has seen some pretty unremarkable attempts at acting (Hex and Devil's Whore, the Sherlock Holmes thing). Kebbell would have been, I think, the best choice - excellent in the films I've seen him in and absolutely superb in the best episode More

Posted by bobthegrinch at 13:28 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

No prizes for Waltz with Bashir
To be honest I'm most disappointed that Waltz with Bashir didn't come away with the award for Best Foreign film. It's easily the best film I've seen this year and I'll be amazed if it doesn't win the Oscar it's nominated for later this month. More

Posted by P Wee at 12:41 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: re:
L: sam2 A message to sam2 from the moderators: GET OFF OUR BOARDS! . More

Posted by DJ Satan at 12:34 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Quite interesting how people turn. A few years ago Danny Boyle could do no wrong, and yet when it is his turn to be acknowledged for creating a fine visual experience, everyone gets the knives out. Once again the fanboys who love The Dark Knight are throwing their toys out of the prams. The Dark Knight, while a good film, is NOT a great film. Far too long, a dull second act and to be honest, the only reason Heath Ledger is winning these awards, let alone being nominated, is his sad demise. It m More

Posted by wrenster at 12:05 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

Slumdog Overkill
I really liked Slumdog Millionaire but I couldn't help but feel BAFTA literally threw any award going at it as it was British bred. This is part down to my personal choice that Benjamin Button deserved best film/director/actor etc. However I also feel the fact that Slumdog Millionaire won best sound over WALL-E is literally ridiculous. WALL-E sound, Ben Burtt, was outstanding and carried the story. More

Posted by Angusto at 12:03 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

Hunger and In Bruges are british? More

Posted by Bezerker at 11:18 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

Hunger and In Bruges are british? More

Posted by Bezerker at 11:18 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Adulthood got him a BAFTA?
Only caught the end, but God Damn, for the award winners it really was a UK film industry love fest wasn't it? I've now seen all the big Globe/Oscar contenders bar Frost/Nixon. And in my humble opinion Slumdog Millionaire, whilst not a bad film, doesn't deserve quite all the attention it's recieving at the moment. How it won soooo many of the more technical achievements last night I'll never know has been robbed, Penn's performance is easily the stand out one for me, I als More

Posted by captainrentboy at 11:17 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Does anyone really think Ledger would have won if he was still alive?   Also, agreed on the comment that if Slumdog isn't the best British film of the year how is it the best film overall? (Here's a clue, it isn't thanks to the last 10-15 minutes) More

Posted by Silver Fox at 11:15 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: bobthegrinch I agree that Noel Clarke was quite embarassing. The problem with the rising star award is that it's voted for by the public. Considering most of the nominees are, by the nature of the award, less well known by the wider public, the winner tends to be the most famous. That meant that this year, despite Michael Fassenbender, Toby Kebbell and Rebecca Hall having given some fantastic performances already in their careers, it went to Mickey from Doctor Who. sp; Giving it to More

Posted by elab49 at 11:07 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Adulthood got him a BAFTA?
Really chuffed for Mickey and Heath. I didn't care about the other awards (although Wally Pfister was mugged) I was just waiting for these two awards to come up and they both thoroughly deserved it. More

Posted by mjscarface at 10:58 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

I agree with every win tonight, thats very unsual!!!! Mickey was awesome!!! More

Posted by Merc at 08:36 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

Noel Clarke... what a prat
Glad In Bruges won. Love that film! More

Posted by Roar at 08:25 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

Big pat on the head for Mickey Rourke. Great news. Should have got one years ago for Year of the Dragon. Best f@**$%# acceptance speech of the night as well! More

Posted by steveg66 at 07:59 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

Gomorrah and Hunger missed out on their awards, that's shit man :( really should get round to seeing Slumdog one of these days, though i doubt i'll love it as much as the rest of the world seems to... More

Posted by richCie at 07:39 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Does BAFTA vote the same way that the Oscars do? In which case I can understand why Slumdog Millionaire won the sound award because it would've been voted for by a lot of people who don't know a lot about the technical side and just vote for whatever film they like the most. Also, it's now the second time Heath Ledgers win has been described by Empire as the least surprising moment of an award ceremony. While he may be the favourite, describing it so seems almost like it's a dissapointment to t More

Posted by bobthegrinch at 02:13 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Ace Rothstein L: adambatman82 L: Ace Rothstein By the way, does anyone know the best way to live stream? I do not have Sky Movies which regularly show it year by year. I think Empire did this last year but I missed it. Much help would be appreciated. mpire hosted a live chat last year, and a bunch of us are hoping for the same again this year. i know a bunch of folk back then were streaming, so if you come online that night im sure someone will hook you up. Th More

Posted by adambatman82 at 01:48 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: adambatman82 L: Ace Rothstein By the way, does anyone know the best way to live stream? I do not have Sky Movies which regularly show it year by year. I think Empire did this last year but I missed it. Much help would be appreciated. e hosted a live chat last year, and a bunch of us are hoping for the same again this year. i know a bunch of folk back then were streaming, so if you come online that night im sure someone will hook you up. Thank you very much for the advice. I'm sure I'll More

Posted by Ace Rothstein at 00:15 on 09 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Ace Rothstein By the way, does anyone know the best way to live stream? I do not have Sky Movies which regularly show it year by year. I think Empire did this last year but I missed it. Much help would be appreciated. mpire hosted a live chat last year, and a bunch of us are hoping for the same again this year. i know a bunch of folk back then were streaming, so if you come online that night im sure someone will hook you up. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 23:58 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Noel Clarke... what a prat
100% with you on this. I personally though the amount of awards Slumdog got was slightly over the top as there were so many deserving contenders there but I was very pleased that Danny Boyle got best director, he most deserved it. More

Posted by onyx79 at 23:53 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

Slumdog Millionaire was a very good film but I think seven BAFTAS was too many. It was a shame that Milk and Frost/ Nixon didn't win anything.... and they had best picture nominations! The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button won a deserved amount, I thought. It was not a truly substantial or genuinely great film but technically it was extraordinary and ultimately very entertaining. Those technical awards were deserved. I would have liked Wally Pfister to have been recognised for his brilliant cinem More

Posted by Ace Rothstein at 23:40 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

Noel Clarke... what a prat
comparing himself to Barack Obama after winning a Bafta and giving a terribly embarrassing speech after walking to the stage like a 'rudeboy', jesus it was awful!! didn't even wear a tie... god to see Heath win. other than that it was pretty unremarkable. although i was pleased to see Danny Boyle win. More

Posted by tysmuse at 23:33 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

MILK anyone!?
Whilst I still think Slumdog was shite and is definately a case of hype over substance, it's disgraceful that Milk hasn't recieved any of the main awards. The film itself and Penn's performance are excellent. More

Posted by losthighway at 23:17 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: re:
personally i preferred benjamin button to slumdog too. i also preferred milk too. i love seeing slumdog pick up awards tho, everyone just seems so unashamadly excited and happy to be recognised. i find it strange that despite losing out to man on wire in the best british film category, slumdog still managed to win best picture. surely that suggests that man on wire is technically the best film of the year according to the bafta system. the same thing happened last year when despite not pi More

Posted by adambatman82 at 22:56 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: re:
That's extremly harsh, maybe Button is better than Slumdog... I'm seeing it Tuesday so there's all the chance in the world.... Frost Nixon was better than it for one (though I did like Slumdog a lot) More

Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 22:53 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Were they watching The Dark Knight with the sound off?
a brilliant year for British cinema. Slumdog was highly deserving of the role. Great to see both Mickey and Heath winning, and Kate finally made it up there! here's my own comment about the show http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=2225717&mpag e=1&key=&NID=0#2225717 but otherwise - fantastic. i just wish they would bring Stephen Fry back! he rocks!!! More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 22:29 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

Were they watching The Dark Knight with the sound off?
The music and the sound effects were nothing short of amazing. The editing and the cinematography also should have gone to TDK. I have a feeling that the Oscars will be a different though. It has been that way in previous years before. More

Posted by Rico rodrigeuz at 22:22 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

Sooooooooo much wrong with these awards. Amy Adams, Wally Pfister, Hunger and The Curious Case were all robbed! Damned patriotism! Nice to see Gilliam, Rourke and MacDonagh getting their well-deserved awards though More

Posted by lona_no_friends at 22:11 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

Benjamin Button was robbed! Slumdog shouldn't have even been nominated in most of the categories. More

Posted by DJ Satan at 22:05 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

???
I would like to meet the people who did not think The Dark Knight deserved more awards especially for Music, Sound and Cinematography.... it's only my opinion though ;-) More

Posted by Sandor at 21:51 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

Youre right though, good speech by Mickey. More

Posted by sleepwalker at 21:42 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

Bloody hell, I still havent finished watching it. More

Posted by sleepwalker at 21:39 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

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