Thursday 14 December 2017

Hurt Locker sweeps to Baftas glory

Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director for The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director for The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker has swept to success at the Baftas with a Best Director and Best Film double.

Kathryn Bigelow won the director gong for the Iraq war drama.

The movie also took the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Original Screenplay.

After being crowned best director, Bigelow described the gong as "beyond our wildest imagination". She said: "This is so unbelievable, we're just so deeply honoured and humbled."

The filmmaker beat off competition from her ex-husband, Avatar director James Cameron, among others to win her award.

Other winners included Christoph Waltz, who scooped the Supporting Actor gong for Inglourious Basterds, and Mo'Nique, who was named Best Supporting Actress for Precious. Christoph described the award as "beautiful and terrific". Paying tribute to director Quentin Tarantino, he said: "No Quentin, no Inglourious Basterds... no Quentin, no Christoph at the Baftas or anywhere else."

After winning Outstanding British Film for Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold said backstage: "It's a really British film. Fish Tank has been described as not a pretty vision of Britain so the fact that people are giving us this Bafta tonight means a hell of a lot. It's not really an easy ride this film, so I appreciate being supported by my homies."

"I definitely didn't expect this. You just don't. How can you possibly expect it? I definitely didn't."

A poignant moment came in the ceremony when the audience paused to remember those in the film industry who have recently died, including actors Edward Woodward, Lionel Jeffries, Natasha Richardson and Patrick Swayze.

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