Brit critics follow the script

Posted by · 11:38 am · January 29th, 2009

It seems we really have reached consensus here. The Richard Attenborough Film Awards, a relatively new set of awards voted on by regional UK critics, haved chimed in with nearly everyone else, handing their Film of the Year and Director of the Year honours to Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire.”

They stuck with the well-awarded in the acting categories too, crowning Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet (for “The Reader”) as Actor and Actress of the Year, respectively, while Dev Patel took the Breakthrough Star award.

Meanwhile, I’m pleased to see Screenwriter of the Year went to Martin McDonagh for “In Bruges.” That might have been a less expected choice a month ago, before the nearly year-old release achieved a remarkable awards-season turnaround in the last few weeks.

Four People’s Choice awards were spread between “The Dark Knight,” “Mamma Mia!” and “Slumdog,” completing a very British-leaning set of winners — hardly surprising, given that last year, the Attenboroughs were all about “Atonement.” I expect the BAFTA winners list will look somewhat similar.

List of winners after the cut.

Film of the Year: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Director of the Year: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Actor of the Year: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
Actress of the Year: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”
Screenwriter of the Year: Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”
Breakthrough Star of the Year: Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”


Film of the Year: “The Dark Knight”
British Film of the Year: “Mamma Mia!”
British Breakthrough Star: Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Film Score of the Year: Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard, “The Dark Knight”

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  • 1 1-29-2009 at 12:49 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Funny they have a People’s Choice category for score. It does however mean another step forward for Winslet though.

  • 2 1-29-2009 at 3:34 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    *yawn* If you’re going to just do what everyone else is going to do as far as awards go, why bother doing them at all?

  • 3 1-29-2009 at 4:37 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Exactly, Robert, exactly. It’s what I don’t understand about the innumerable obscure US critics’ awards — if you want people to notice you, why not make some bolder calls?

    Case in point: outside of the ‘big three,’ the only critics’ awards I remember from the last couple of months are the Toronto picks. Why? Because they went their own way and chose “Wendy and Lucy.”

  • 4 1-29-2009 at 4:51 pm

    The Rake said...

    There is actually this pretty interesting video on the whole Oscar breakdown by two of America’s critics here. It is being hailed as a great discussion.
    The Rake

  • 5 1-29-2009 at 5:03 pm

    Mike V. said...

    Dev Patel awarded? My god. Help us.

  • 6 2-10-2009 at 3:13 am

    Dulcia said...

    There is so new for us! Thanx!

  • 7 2-10-2009 at 7:58 am

    Leyla said...

    Amazing data, thank you!

  • 8 4-13-2009 at 8:46 am

    LillPrurn said...

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  • 9 4-15-2009 at 3:12 am

    mataStign said...

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    1 — поиск, длящийся до того момента, как собака начнет причуивать признаки присутствия дичи в доступном для ее чутья расстоянии;

    2 — потяжку — работа собаки, разбирающейся в донесшемся до нее запахе до момента окончательного определения ею наличия дичи; эта работа заканчивается