Bafta glory for Firth and Mulligan
Published 21/02/2010 | 21:59
Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan were named Best Actor and Best Actress at this year's Baftas.
British star Colin, 49, won for his role as a gay academic in designer Tom Ford's debut film A Single Man, while Carey, 24, clinched the gong for An Education.
In his acceptance speech, Colin thanked his fridge repair man, saying he was about to email the director rejecting his offer to appear in the film when the repair man turned up and gave him a chance to have a change of heart.
"I was about to send this when a man came to repair my fridge... I don't know what's best for me so I would like to thank the fridge guy," he said. "All I know is don't ever press 'send' until you have had your fridge repaired."
Carey shook with emotion as she collected her prize. She said: "I really didn't expect this at all so I didn't think of anything to say. Thank you so much Bafta. I was here a year ago and I didn't imagine in a million years that this would happen."
Backstage, Carey had to leave the stage after saying she was about to cry.
Twilight actress Kristen Stewart scooped the Orange Rising Star award. She thanked Twilight fans - "the most devoted and attentive fans ever".
David Bowie's son Duncan Jones won the Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer trophy for his low-budget sci-fi film Moon. He welled up with emotion when he received the award, saying: "It's taken me an awful long time to know what I wanted to do with my life. Finally, I think I've found what I love doing."
Backstage, he credited his singer father with getting him "interested in the canon of sci-fi" at a young age.
Avatar only won two awards, both in the technical category.