Having become one of the awards' season favorites, "Slumdog Millionaire" once again showed its domination at the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). On Sunday, February 8, at a gala ceremony held in London, the drama movie about a poor Indian orphan who gets a shot at winning millions in a television game has collected seven trophies, including Best Film.
For the Best Film title, "Slumdog" bested over "Frost/Nixon", "Milk", "The Reader" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". It has also scored Best Director for Danny Boyle, Best Music for A.R. Rahman, Best Cinematography for Anthony Dod Mantle, Best Editing for Chris Dickens and Best Sound.
In addition to all of those prizes, the movie, which has been honored with a Best Adapted Screenplay kudo at 2009 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 7, has secured another Adapted Screenplay throphy for Simon Beaufoy. "I've had a complex relationship with this statue," Beaufoy said to a packed Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden. "I have a plastic one that I bought from eBay, a chocolate one that I stole from the dinner one year and now, well ..."
Beside "Slumdog", "Curious Case" has brought home three BAFTA statuettes for production design, visual effects and makeup and hair. Meanwhile, in the performers categories, Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet have been hailed as Best Actor and Best Actress for their performances in "The Wrestler" and "The Reader" respectively.
On the evening, BAFTA has also awarded late Heath Ledger with Best Supporting Actor title for his Joker portrayal in "The Dark Knight", and Penelope Cruz with Best Supporting Actress prize for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona". Robot romance animation "Wall-E", moreover, won Best Animated Feature, while "I've Loved You So Long" took home the trophy for Best Film Not in the English Language.
Winners of the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards: