Skyfall doubles up at film awards
Published 04/02/2013 | 20:51
Record-breaking James Bond hit Skyfall was a double winner at a major British movie awards event.
The picture - which has become the UK's biggest ever box office hit - was named best film at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, while viewers voted it their blockbuster of the year.
Comedy actor Sacha Baron Cohen - whose outrageous characters have included Borat, Bruno and Ali G - took an honorary title, the editor's award, to celebrate his "extraordinary achievement".
Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis missed out on the best actor award, despite huge acclaim for his lead role in Lincoln.
Instead the prize went to Toby Jones for the independent art house film Berberian Sound Studio, which sees him play a British sound designer in the homage to 1970s Italian horror.
"I'm thrilled. Daniel Day-Lewis is a hero to me so to be even mentioned in the same breath as him is a huge honour," he said following his win.
"I grew up watching his movies so the idea that I am in some way compared with him is both, on one level extraordinary to me, but also I've got to be proud of that."
Andrea Riseborough collected the best actress prize for her role as an IRA terrorist in Shadow Dancer. But journalist Tom Bradby missed out on winning best screenplay for his work in bringing his novel to the screen. That award went to Malcolm Campbell for What Richard Did.
The Peter Sellers award for comedy went to deranged road movie Sightseers, directed by Ben Wheatley. The black comedy had jointly led the nominations with gang drama My Brother The Devil, with each having been put forward in three categories.