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”