wins best British film at Bafta's - Feb 2013
Bond film Skyfall has won the Outstanding British
Film category at the Baftas.
first award was presented by Bradley Cooper and Ben
Affleck. Film-maker Sam Mendes paid tribute to the
'bravery and brilliance' of Daniel Craig and 'the
great' Ian Fleming who created James Bond. Host Stephen
Fry introduced the show which started with a performance
by Paloma Faith of the INXS hit Never Tear Us Apart.
Faith was back on stage with David Morrissey to present
the award for Best Original Music to Thomas Newman
for Skyfall. Speaking backstage, Mendes said he would
love to make another Bond film.
told reporters: 'I've had a great time, it's been
a huge learning curve and we would want to make a
better movie next time around, and if we thought we
do that they might let me have another go again.'
Lincoln star Sally Field came on stage to present
the award for Original Screenplay without her presenting
partner Eddie Redmayne after he was taken ill backstage.
told the audience: 'He seems to be puking his guts
out back there.' Quentin Tarantino picked up the award
for his western Django Unchained and thanked his actors
for doing a 'bang-up job with my dialogue'. The film
has attracted criticism for its liberal use of racial
insults and Tarantino thanked his backers for standing
by what he described as 'a hot potato' film.
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence handed the award
for Best Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz for Django
Unchained. Accepting his award, he said it was an
'immense honour' and paid tribute to its 'silver-penned'
writer. He said: 'Why I get to stand here is really
no mystery because it says at the beginning of our
film, 'written and directed by Quentin Tarantino'.'
Clooney presented the award for Supporting Actress
to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway. The actress
thanked the 'golden-hearted group' who made the film
and wished her co-star Redmayne well, saying: 'Feel
better. I mean I'd be holding your hair back, but,
the award for Best Short Film went to Swimmer which
was made by We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne
Ramsay. The Making of Longbird picked up the award
for Best Short Animation. Jacqueline Durran won the
award for Costume Design for her work on the Keira
Knightley film Anna Karenina.
Westcott won the award for Best Make-up and Hair for
her work on Les Miserables. Brave, a Disney fantasy
set in the Scottish Highlands, was named Best Animated
Film. The awards for Sound and Editing went to Les
Miserables and Ben Affleck's Iran hostage crisis drama
Argo respectively. Mark Strong presented the Cinematography
award to Claudio Miranda for his work on Life Of Pi
which was picked up on his behalf by the film director
Earlier, some of the biggest names in Hollywood braved
the wind and the rain to meet fans on the red carpet.
Hugh Jackman and Redmayne stopped to sign autographs
and pose for pictures outside the Royal Opera House
in London's Covent Garden.
celebrities were Hobbit star Martin Freeman, Alicia
Vikander and Tom Hiddleston. Daniel Day-Lewis' dominance
of the awards season is expected to continue, where
he is the hot favourite to win the Best Actor award.
star, who has already won a Golden Globe and a Screen
Actors Guild award for his performance in the title
role of Steven Spielberg's political biopic Lincoln,
is also tipped to win an Oscar later this month.
leads the field in terms of nominations with 10 in
total, with nine each for Les Miserables and Life
Rise Of The Guardians battle at US box office...
Bond is in a box office photo finish with Santa Claus
and the Easter Bunny over what looks to be the last
slow weekend of the holidays.
to studio estimates on Sunday, Sony's Bond tale Skyfall
took in $US11 million ($A10.54 million) to move back
to No.1 in its fifth weekend.
put it narrowly ahead of Paramount's Rise of the Guardians,
the animated adventure of Santa, the Easter Bunny
and other mythological heroes that pulled in $US10.5
two movies inched ahead of Summit Entertainment's
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which had
been top for three straight weekends.
Twilight finale earned $US9.2 million, slipping into
a tight race for No.3 with Disney's Lincoln, which
was close behind with $US9.1 million.
top movies were bunched up so closely that rankings
could change once final weekend revenues are released
weekend's only new wide release, Gerard Butler's romantic
comedy Playing for Keeps, flopped with $US6 million,
coming in at No.6.
raised its domestic total to $US261.6 million and
added $US20.3 million overseas to bring its international
income to $US656.6 million. At $US918 million worldwide,
Skyfall has the best cash haul ever for the Bond franchise
and surpassed Spider-Man 3 at $US890 million to become
Sony's top-grossing hit.
Twilight finale also is a franchise record-breaker,
surpassing the $US710 million worldwide haul of last
year's Breaking Dawn - Part 1. The finale's domestic
total now stands at $US268.7 million.
of the Guardians led the international box office
with $US26 million, followed by 20th Century Fox's
Life of Pi at $US23.8 million.
was another traditionally quiet post-Thanksgiving
holiday weekend, with big November releases continuing
to dominate in the lull before a pre-Christmas onslaught
box office is expected to soar next weekend with the
arrival of part one of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's
The Lord of the Rings prelude.
that comes a steady rush of action, comedy and drama
through year's end, including Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher,
Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx's Django Unchained,
Seth Rogen's The Guilt Trip and Hugh Jackman and Russell
Crowe's Les Miserables.
last couple of weeks of the year are some of the strongest
every year,' said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for
box office tracker Hollywood.com
are on the cusp of some really huge box office. There's
a lot of money still left in the year despite this
slow period right now.'
domestic revenues have topped $US10 billion so far
this year, with the industry expected to finish 2012
ahead of the all-time high of $US10.6 billion set
savagely by critics, FilmDistrict's Playing for Keeps
stars Butler as a washed-up soccer star trying to
reconnect with his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and young
son. The all-star cast includes Catherine Zeta-Jones
and Uma Thurman as soccer mums with the hots for Butler.
limited release, Bill Murray's Franklin Roosevelt
drama Hyde Park on Hudson opened solidly with $US83,280
in four theatres, averaging a healthy $US20,820 a
cinema. By comparison, Playing for Keeps averaged
$US2115 in 2837 theatres.
by Focus Features, Hyde Park on Hudson stars Murray
as Roosevelt, whose intimate relations with a distant
cousin (Laura Linney) become both a source of strength
and distraction as the president plays host to the
king and queen of England on the eve of World War