‘Hurt Locker,’ Bigelow, Firth and Mulligan Top BAFTA Awards

British Academy hands out multiple honors to Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar favorite

Last Updated: February 22, 2010 @ 2:04 PM

"The Hurt Locker" continued its remarkable run of awards on Sunday in London, where the Orange British Academy Film Awards named Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq-themed drama Best Film. Bigelow herself was named Best Director for her taut low-budget film, which has become an Oscar favorite with a string of wins from the critics and the Hollywood guilds.

Although BAFTA generally spreads the wealth and often salutes British films over American ones, "The Hurt Locker" showed surprising across-the-board strength. In addition to its awards for film and director, it picked up honors for Mark Boal’s screenplay and for cinematography, film editing and sound.


In the past 10 years, the BAFTA winner has been named Best Picture at the Oscars five times. With a BAFTA win on top of honors from the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Writers Guild, American Cinema Editors and Art Directors Guild, plus numerous critics groups, "The Hurt Locker" has far outpaced any other film this awards season.

Andrea Arnold’s "Fish Tank" was named Outstanding British Film.

Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan won Leading Actor and Actress awards for "A Single Man" and "An Education," respectively, one of the few instances in which BAFTA voters went for homegrown choices over Oscar favorites. (Sandra Bullock was not eligible in the Leading Actress category because "The Blind Side" was not released in the UK in 2009.)

In the supporting categories, the prohibitive frontrunners continued their apparently unstoppable sweep through awards season, with Christoph Waltz winning Supporting Actor for "Inglourious Basterds" and Mo’Nique winning Supporting Actress for "Precious." Mo’Nique did not attend the ceremony.

Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won in the Adapted Screenplay category for "Up in the Air," beating British writers Nick Hornby ("An Education") and Armando Ianucci ("In the Loop"). 

"An Education" went into the ceremony with the most nominations, but had to settle for a single award for Mulligan.

"Up" won in the Animated Film category, while "A Prophet" received the award for Film Not in the English Language.

James Cameron’s "Avatar" won awards for Production Design and Special Visual Effects. Cameron’s previous film, "Titanic," won 11 Academy Awards but was shut out at the BAFTAs, going 0-for-10.

Kristen Stewart won the Rising Star Award, which is chosen by the public through online voting, over more acclaimed actors Mulligan and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”).

Britain’s Prince William, who was announced Saturday as the successor to Richard Attenborough as president of BAFTA, presented Vanessa Redgrave with a British Academy Fellowship during the awards ceremony.

(Photos by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

The awards:

Best Film: "The Hurt Locker"
Outstanding British Film: "Fish Tank"
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
Leading Actor:
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Leading Actress:
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, "Precious"
Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker"
Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"
Film Not in the English Language: "A Prophet"
Animated Film: "Up"
Cinematography: "The Hurt Locker"
Production Design: "Avatar"
Costume Design: "The Young Victoria"
Film Editing: "The Hurt Locker"
Makeup & Hair: "The Young Victoria"
Music: "Up," Michael Giacchino
Sound: "The Hurt Locker"
Special Visual Effects: "Avatar"
Short Film: "I Do Air"
Short Animation: "Mother of Many"
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Duncan Jones (director), "Moon"
Rising Star Award: Kristen Stewart
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Joe Dunton