The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2007 took place tonight at the Royal Opera House in London’s trendy Covent Garden and Rotten Tomatoes UK were there to sip champagne and do our very best to stay sober enough to report back to you. And it was a ceremony full of surprises; an open field outside of Best Actor and Actress (which went to Forest Whitaker for Last King of Scotland and Helen Mirren for The Queen respectively) with no one film winning more than three awards.
Last King of Scotland and, somewhat surprisingly, Pan’s Labyrinth shared that honour while Little Miss Sunshine and United 93 took two awards each. Jennifer Hudson took home Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Dreamgirls, and Alan Arkin snagged Best Supporting Actor for Little Miss Sunshine.
Casino Royale, which had snagged eight nominations, took home only one award – for Best Sound – though its star Eva Green nabbed Orange’s Rising Star award; the only award
Andrea Arnold won the Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film for her direction of Red Road. In the broader Director category, the honour went to Paul Greengrass for United 93. Special awards were presented to Anne V Coates – recipient of the Academy Fellowship – and Nick Daubeny who took home The Michael Balcon Award for Oustanding British Contribution to Cinema.
We’ll have more from the BAFTAs for you very soon, but for now… onto the winners list!
ALEXANDER KORDA AWARD for Best British Film
Last King of Scotland
THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film
Andrea Arnold – Red Road
Paul Greengrass – United 93
Little Miss Sunshine
The Last King of Scotland
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Helen Mirren – The Queen
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls
THE ANTHONY ASQUITH AWARD for Achievement in Film Music
Children of Men
Children of Men
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest
MAKE-UP AND HAIR
Do Not Erase
ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
THE ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP: Anne V Coates
THE MICHAEL BALCON AWARD: Nick Daubeny