Studio wins big at Blighty awards
The seventh RAAM Awards were held in central London on Feb. 9, recognizing and rewarding the best in cinema exhibition and film distribution throughout the U.K. and Ireland.Disney scored a hat trick with “Toy Story 3”: pic nabbed best 3D movie and best movie, while ” Alice in Wonderland” scooped Imax movie of the year. Alan North, Disney U.K. sales director, told the crowd to “watch this space for Toy Story 4,” but explained that in the meantime the franchise would keep bubbling over with Woody and company gracing shorts within other Disney staples, including the “Cars” and “Monsters Inc.” sequels. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ ” box office magic ensured that Warner Bros. took away the kudo for best distributor, and the box office triumph of “Twilight” helped eOne Films walk away with the best indie distributor title. Tony Meehan, chairman of RAAM and the awards’ jury said: “The U. K. and Irish box office results for 2010 again exceeded £1 billion (around $1.6 billion) which confirms cinema is good value and is enjoying protection from the current economic challenges both countries face.” Oscar winning producer David Puttnam, received the international award for his contribution to the U. K. and international film industry, presented by helmer Alan Parker. A posthumous award was announced for Michael Dwyer, former film critic of the Irish Times, who died in 2010. Dwyer founded Dublin Film Festival, and the award was in honor of his commitment to film in Ireland.