Monday, February 21, 2011

Slumdog beats Benjamin Button, others at BAFTA

Slumdog Millionaire won 7 awards from the 11 categories it was nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards 2009, various agencies reported. BAFTA is often called the British Oscars.

In the red-carpet ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House, the Mumbai’s rags-to-riches story of an 18-year-old orphan, “Slumdog Millionaire” based on the original novel “Q&A” written by Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup, carried the top trophy, beating four other contestants: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk” and “The Reader”. The televised award ceremony was beamed to 200 territories around the world.

Slumdog Millionaire won awards for Best Film, Best Director (Danny Boyle), Best Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), Best Music (A R Rahman), Best Editing (Chris Dickens), Best Sound and Best Cinematography (Anthony Dod Mantle). Apart from A R Rahman, Resul Pookutty, the Indian film sound designer and mixer who hails from Kollam, Kerala was the other Indian to win a BAFTA Award for Best Sound editing for Slumdog Millionaire.

The other winners of BAFTA are Best Actor Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Best Actress Kate Winslet (The Reader), Best Supporting Actor Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Best Supporting Actress Penelope Cruz (Vicki Cristina Barcelona), and three awards (for Best Production Design, Best Make-Up & Hair and Best Visual Effects) for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Best Original Screenplay for In Bruges.

“Nominated for 11 British Film Academy Awards (BAFTA), a record by itself, Slumdog Millionaire created sensation at the star-studded awards ceremony by winning seven honours”, Hindustan Times reported.

BAFTA Awards are now held before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards, generally known as Oscars. This years' BAFTA are viewed with more importance than before because this year films nominated for BAFTA are also running for Oscars, Hollywood’s most prestigious awards to be presented in Los Angeles on February 22.

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