Aviator and Vera Drake top Bafta wins

Martin Scorcese’s The Aviator and Vera Drake were the big winners at tonight’s Bafta Awards.

Martin Scorcese’s The Aviator and Vera Drake were the big winners at tonight’s Bafta Awards.

Martin Scorcese’s biopic of eccentric movie mogul Howard Hughes won Best Film and Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett. It also took home awards for Best Make-Up and Production Design.

Vera Drake, the low-budget British drama about a backstreet abortionist in the 1950s, won Best Actress for Imelda Staunton and a Best Director prize for Mike Leigh. It also won Best Costume Design.

Although Leonardo Di Caprio flew into London in the hope of winning Best Actor for his lead role in The Aviator, the award went instead to Jamie Foxx for Ray.

Clive Owen won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Closer.

The awards were held at the Odeon Cinema in London’s Leicester Square and were hosted by Stephen Fry.

Full List of Winners:

:: Best Film – The Aviator

:: Outstanding British Film of the Year – My Summer of Love

:: Special Achievement by a British Director, Producer or Writer in their first Feature Film – Amma Asante, Director/Writer of A Way of Life

:: Best Director – Mike Leigh for Vera Drake

:: Best Original Screenplay – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

:: Best Adapted Screenplay – Sideways

:: Best Foreign Film – The Motorcycle Diaries

:: Best Actor – Jamie Foxx for Ray

:: Best Actress – Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake

:: Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Clive Owen for Closer

:: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Cate Blanchett for The Aviator

:: Best Achievement in Music – The Motorcycle Diaries

:: Best Cinematography – Collateral

:: Best Editing – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

:: Best Production Design – The Aviator

:: Best Costume Design – Vera Drake

:: Best Sound – Ray

:: Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects – The Day After Tomorrow

:: Best Make-up & Hair – The Aviator

:: Best Short Animation Film – Birthday Boy

:: Best Short Film – The Banker

:: The Orange Film of the Year (voted by the public) – Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

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