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‘Atonement’ honored by local critics

Film scores four prizes at Attenborough awards

LONDON — “Atonement” has scooped four of the six honors at the U.K.’s Richard Attenborough Film Awards, previously known as the U.K. Regional Critics Film Awards.

“Atonement” won film of the year and filmmaker of the year (Joe Wright), actor (James McAvoy) and screenwriter (Christopher Hampton) gongs.

“This film was shot entirely in England with a completely British cast and crew, so it is especially thrilling that our film has been so honored by the Richard Attenborough Film Awards,” said “Atonement” producer Paul Webster.

Other prizes went to Cate Blanchett (actress) for reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth I in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and to newcomer Sam Riley who picked up the rising star prize for his turn as troubled Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in Anton Corbijn’s “Control.”

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The Attenboroughs are organized by Cinema Days, the U.K. trade body for regional staff and freelance journalists working in all media.

As previously announced, there is one more Attenborough award still to be dished out — a public prize for the U.K. film of the year.

The public can register its votes until Feb. 15 at Focusonmovies.co.uk. The winner will be revealed Feb. 29.