'Sideways' best pic; 'Vera' wins local laurels

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LONDON — “Sideways” scooped the film award at the 25th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards on Wednesday, while “Vera Drake” was the biggest winner overall with five awards.

Not for the first time this awards season, the principal prizes were split. Although “The Aviator” missed out on the big prize, the London critics lauded Martin Scorsese with the helmer trophy. He received his award from pic’s co-star Cate Blanchett.

Jamie Foxx took actor kudos for “Ray” and the actress prize went to “Vera Drake” lead Imelda Staunton. Her win was the only British triumph in the main sections.

LFCC hands out separate kudos for British pics, and “Vera Drake” mopped up by scoring in four of the eight categories including British film, director and screenwriter (both Mike Leigh) and supporting actor (Phil Davis).

Staunton was not nommed in the British actress category, which was shared by Kate Winslet (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and Eva Birthistle (“Ae Fond Kiss”).

Daniel Craig (“Enduring Love”) sprung a surprise by beating Oscar-nommed Clive Owen (“Closer”) for the British actor prize. Nathalie Press beat “My Summer of Love” co-star Emily Blunt in the British newcomer section.

Che Guevara road movie “The Motorcycle Diaries” took foreign-lingo film.

London critics honored “A Fond Kiss” director Ken Loach with the Dilys Powell award for outstanding contribution to cinema.

Scorsese and Blanchett, who are in town for Saturday night’s British Academy Film Awards, joined the other honorees and guests at the awards bash at London’s Dorchester Hotel, which is held in aid of children’s charity the NSPCC.

And the winners are:

Film

“Sideways”

British Film – The Attenborough Award

“Vera Drake”

Foreign Language Film

“The Motorcycle Diaries”

Director

Martin Scorsese, “The Aviator”

British Director

Mike Leigh, “Vera Drake”

Actor

Jamie Foxx, “Ray”

British Actor

Daniel Craig, “Enduring Love”

Actress

Imelda Staunton, “Vera Drake”

British Actress

Eva Birthistle, “Ae Fond Kiss” and Kate Winslet “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

British Actor in a supporting role

Phil Davis, “Vera Drake”

British Actress in a supporting role

Romola Garai, “Inside I’m Dancing”

British Newcomer

Natalie Press, “My Summer of Love”

Screenwriter

Charlie Kaufman, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

British Screenwriter

Mike Leigh, “Vera Drake”

The Dilys Powell Award

Ken Loach

The 25th Anniversary Award

Norma Heyman

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