“Atonement” won best film at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday and Daniel Day-Lewis took the actor prize for “There Will Be Blood.”
But the home team didn’t have it all its own way, with Joel and Ethan Coen nabbing the director trophy, a visibly shocked Marion Cotillard winning as actress for “La Vie en rose” and Diablo Cody taking the original screenplay award for “Juno.”
French pic “La Vie en rose” was the biggest winner of the night, with four awards, although the foreign language prize went to “The Lives of Others.”
In a typical BAFTA quirk, “Atonement” lost out in the race for the best British film prize to “This Is England” by Shane Meadows. Even though those awards are decided independently of each other, BAFTA has never awarded both to the same movie. The prize was presented by Sylvester Stallone, who got one of the night’s biggest cheers.
“Atonement” won one other award, for production design.
“Control” won the other prize reserved for Brits — its writer Matt Greenhalgh taking the Carl Foreman Award for special achievement by a director, writer or producer in a first film. In the 10th year of the award, this is the first time it has been awarded to a writer.
Brit Roger Deakins took the cinematography honor for “No Country for Old Men” and Spain’s Javier Bardem won supporting actor for the same film.
Supporting actress went to Tilda Swinton for “Michael Clayton.”
Another Brit, Ronald Harwood, won the adapted screenplay prize for French pic “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”
“The Bourne Ultimatum” won two awards, for sound and editing (Christopher Rouse).
Shia LaBeouf was the surprise winner of the Orange Rising Star award, proving once again that this prize, voted by the public, goes to the star from the biggest blockbuster — in this case “Transformers.” LaBeouf wasn’t present to receive the award.
Aside from Cotillard’s prize “La Vie En Rose” picked up makeup and hair for Brit Jan Archibald and her French colleague Didier Lavergne; music for British composer Christopher Gunning; and costume design, awarded posthumously to another Brit, Marit Allen.
The victory for “Ratatouille” as best animated film was perhaps the most predictable of the night.
The special visual effects prize went to “The Golden Compass,” which used a big f/x team in London at Framestore CFC.
Anthony Hopkins was honored with the BAFTA fellowship, and propmaster Barry Wilkinson took the career award for outstanding contribution to British cinema.
The ceremony was hosted by Jonathan Ross at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Ross quipped that the BAFTAs were “the biggest and best film awards in the world — thanks to the U.S. writers’ strike, it looked like that statement would almost have been true.”
Atonement — produced by Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster
BEST BRITISH FILM
This Is England — Mark Herbert/Shane Meadows
THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film
Matt Greenhalgh (Writer) — Control
No Country For Old Men — Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
Juno — Diablo Cody
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly — Ronald Harwood
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The Lives of Others — Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann/Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Ratatouille — Brad Bird
Daniel Day-Lewis — There Will Be Blood
Marion Cotillard — La Vie en Rose
Javier Bardem — No Country for Old Men
Tilda Swinton — Michael Clayton
La Vie En Rose — Christopher Gunning
No Country For Old Men — Roger Deakins
The Bourne Ultimatum — Christopher Rouse
Atonement — Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer
La Vie En Rose — Marit Allen
The Bourne Ultimatum — Kirk Francis/Scott Millan/David Parker/Karen Baker Landers/Per Hallberg
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
The Golden Compass — Michael Fink/Bill Westenhofer/Ben Morris/Trevor Wood
MAKE UP & HAIR
La Vie En Rose — Jan Archibald/Didier Lavergne
The Pearce Sisters — Jo Allen/Luis Cook
Dog Altogether — Diarmid Scrimshaw/Paddy Considine
THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)