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BAFTAS offer little joy for Kiwi contingent

Kiwi-related fare at the BAFTA Awards fared not so well, competing against itself in a number of categories and rarely coming out on top.

The Awards went largely by the book, with the possible exceptions of the best acting awards, both of which went to Brits.

An Education missed out on all awards for which it was nominated except Best Actor, for which Carey Mulligan beat (amongst others) The Lovely Bones’ Saoirse Ronan; District 9 missed out on everything – mostly to Avatar; recent visitor Eran Creevy (Shifty) missed out on the Newcomer Award in favour of Moon’s Duncan Jones; The Lovely Bones’ other acting nomination, for Stanley Tucci in the Best Supporting Actor category, also missed out – as it has at all other awards bashes so far – to Inglourious Basterds’ Christoph Waltz.

Avatar won the Production Design and SFX awards; and that was as good as it got, really.

The big winner was The Hurt Locker, with 5 awards including Best Director and Best Film. Ms Bigelow was the first female to win the Director’s award at the BAFTAs. The film will debut here as part of the NZ Film Festival’s World Cinema Showcase.

The populist award, the Rising Star Award, sponsored by mobile telco Orange, went – unsurprisingly – to Kristen Stewart.

In other award news, Avatar picked up awards in the ‘Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature Film’ and ‘Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film’ categories at the Golden Reel Awards.

District 9 picked up the award for ‘Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Foreign Feature Film’ while True Blood picked up ‘Best Sound Editing: Short For Dialogue and ADR in Television’.

The full list of BAFTA winners is:

Best Film
The Hurt Locker

Outstanding British Film
Fish Tank

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Duncan Jones (Moon)

Director
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)

Original Screenplay
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)

Adapted Screenplay
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air)

Film Not In The English Language
A Prophet

Animated Film
Up

Leading Actor
Colin Firth (A Single Man)

Leading Actress
Carey Mulligan (An Education)

Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Supporting Actress
Mo’Nique (Precious)

Music
Up

Cinematography
The Hurt Locker

Editing
The Hurt Locker

Production Design
Avatar

Costume Design
The Young Victoria

Sound
The Hurt Locker

Special Visual Effects
Avatar

Make Up & Hair
The Young Victoria

Short Animation
Mother Of Many

Short Film
I Do Air

Outstanding Contribution to Cinema
Joe Dunton

The Orange Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Kristen Stewart

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