Psssssst . . . If you want to know the BAFTA winners before the show starts, CLICK HERE. Not only was this announcement on BAFTA's website several hours before the ceremony that commences today at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT, but the press release mentions no embargo time, so, apparently, it's OK to tattle.
The BAFTAs went for the only British film in the running for best picture with "Atonement" reigning over contenders such as Oscar frontrunner "No Country for Old Men." Though their pick for pic last year was "The Queen," which was the first British film to take the top prize since "The Full Monty" won over "Titanic" in 1997. Even though voters seemed to like "Atonement" enough to give it the most nominations (14), the only other award win it claimed was for production design.
Oscar favorites Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood") and Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men") were the two men to take home honors. However, the women who won were more of a surprise –- France's Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose") beating Britain's own Julie Christie ("Away From Her") for lead actress and Londoner Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton") besting Sydneysider Cate Blanchett ("I'm Not There") for supporting actress. Christie and Blanchett won't have to sally on, chin up, in the ol' Brit tradition in front of their peers today as they lose, however; neither plan to be at the ceremony.
Though Joel and Ethan Coen won for directing "No Country," they lost scripting honors to Ronald Harwood, who adapted "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." Diablo Cody continued her winning ways, adding another award to her crowded mantle for creating "Juno."
"This is England" won the jury-awarded best British film prize, while "The Lives of Others" won best foreign language film.
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