“Slumdog Millionaire” easily dominated this year’s British Academy Film Awards. The inspirational Mumbai-set tale scored seven awards including best film, director for Danny Boyle, cinematography and adapted screenplay for writer Simon Beaufoy.
The acting awards all stayed to familiar names with Mickey Rourke taking the lead actor prize for his work in “The Wrestler,” Kate Winslet scoring best actress for “The Reader”, Penelope Cruz winning best supporting actress for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” and the late Heath Ledger getting best supporting actor for “The Dark Knight”.
The original screenplay award was won by Martin McDonagh for “In Bruges”, best documentary went to “Man on Wire,” best animated film to “Wall-E,” and best foreign-language film to “I’ve Loved You So Long.”
Writer/director Steve McQueen took home a special achievement award for “Hunger”. David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” scored three nods in tech categories (makeup, visual effects, production design).