BAFTAs Crown Queen and King
The Queen and The Last King of Scotland enjoyed the royal treatment at Sunday’s BAFTAs, the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.
Helen Mirren won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Britain’s monarch, while The Queen was named Best Film of the Year.
“This is great. What an honor,” Mirren said, as she clutched her umpteenth trophy of the awards show season.
Mirren was not above poking fun at her domination of every kudos ceremony leading up to this year’s Academy Awards, where she is heavily favored to win yet again.
“Oooh, she’s coming in, she’s coming it at 25:1. The bitch, the bitch is coming in, The Queen, I think she is going to win I think she is going to win. She is,” Mirren joked with reporters backstage at the ceremony in London, comparing herself to a greyhound at the track.
Mirren’s success over the course of the awards season has been mirrored by Forest Whitaker, who continued his reign over the Best Actor category with yet another win for his turn as the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.
In a touching acceptance speech, Whitaker dedicated his award to his grandmother, who, he said, “went to the realm of the ancestors two days ago.”
The Last King of Scotland also nabbed awards for Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The night was less lucky for Casino Royale, which was nominated in nine categories, but was shut out in all but the sound category.
United 93 helmer Paul Greengrass took the Best Director prize for his September 11 drama, beating out contenders including Stephen Frears (The Queen) and Martin Scorsese (The Departed).
“It was an amazing journey making this film,” Greengrass said in his acceptance speech. “We gathered together to try and think about 9/11 and what it meant and what it means today and what it is going to mean going on from here.”
Jennifer Hudson picked up another Best Supporting Actress nod for her breakout role in Dreamgirls, while Alan Arkin won in the Best Supporting Actor category for Little Miss Sunshine, which also won Best Original Screenplay.
The Spanish-language movie Pan’s Labyrinth was named Best Foreign Film and also triumphed in the Costume Design and Hair and Makeup categories. Happy Feet took home the award for Best Animated Film.
Here’s a complete list of the winners of the 60th Annual BAFTAS:
Best Film: The Queen
British Film of the Year: The Last King of Scotland
British Director, Writer or Producer for First Feature Film: Red Road, director Andrea Arnold
Best Director: Paul Greengrass, United 93
Best Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine
Best Adapted Screenplay: Peter Morgan, Jeremy Brock, The Last King of Scotland
Foreign Film: Pan’s Labyrinth
Animated Feature Film: Happy Feet
Actor in a Leading Role: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland
Actress in a Leading Role: Helen Mirren, The Queen
Actor in a Supporting Role: Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine
Actress in a Supporting Role: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Music: Gustavo Santaolalla, Babel
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of Men
Editing: United 93
Production Design: Children of Men
Sound: Casino Royale
Special Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Makeup and Hair: Pan’s Labyrinth
Short Animation: Ian Gouldstone, Guy 101
Short Film: Asitha Ameresekere, Do Not Erase
The Orange Rising Star Award (voted by the public): Eva Green, Casino Royale
Alan Arkin won…interesting…maybe he has on Oscar chance after all!
BAFTAs Crown Queen and King