Slumdog, “Hunger” Score British Awards

Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” took a trio of top awards including Best Film on Sunday evening at the British Independent Film Awards according to Reuters.

The India-set romantic drama also scored a best director nod for Boyle and the most promising newcomer award for the lead star Dev Patel (TV’s “Skins”).

Also scoring three awards was Steve McQueen’s “Hunger”. The portrait of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands scored best actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Debut Director for McQueen, and best cinematography.

Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” took home best supporting actor and actress nods, black comedy “In Bruges” starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson scored best screenplay, while Vera Farmiga took home best actress for “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”.

British prison escape thriller “The Escapist” starring Brian Cox and Dominic Cooper scored Best Achievement in Production, best documentary went to “Man on Wire”, and “Waltz with Bashir” won best foreign film.