Slumdog Wins Big At BAFTAs, Mickey Rourke Turns Air Blue


As predicted, it was all about Slumdog Millionaire at last night’s BAFTA awards. The British/Indian movie picked up seven awards, including the essential Best Sound gong. We jest of course — Best Film and Best Director were among its booty haul. Overall, the night was slick and glam and just this side of deeply uncontroversial. Thank heavens then, for Mickey Rourke, who on winning his Best Actor award for The Wrestler turned in a funny and foul-mouthed acceptance speech.

“I f****** up my career for 15 years … I’d like to thank my publicist for having the hardest job in showbusiness, telling me where to go, what to do, when to do it, what to eat, how to dress, what to f***,” he growled, going on to lech at co-star Marisa Tomei, saying, “It was very brave of her to take her clothes off all the time and I enjoyed looking at her.”

Kate Winslet won Best Actress for The Reader and managed to “gather” herself by almost hyperventilating in her efforts not to cry. Bravo! After the jump, the full list of winners on the night. [Photos: Getty Images]

Best film

Slumdog Millionaire


Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle

Leading Actor

Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Leading Actress

Kate Winslet – The Reader

Supporting Actor

Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

Supporting Actress

Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Original Screenplay

In Bruges – Martin McDonagh

Adapted Screenplay

Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy

Academy fellowship

Terry Gilliam

Outstanding British contribution to cinema

Pinewood Studios/ Shepperton Studios

Outstanding British Film

Man on Wire

The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film

Steve McQueen

Director/Writer – Hunger

Film not in the English language

I’ve Loved You So Long

Animated Film



Slumdog Millionaire – A. R. Rahman


Slumdog Millionaire – Anthony Dod Mantle


Slumdog Millionaire – Chris Dickens

Production Design

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Donald Graham Burt / Victor J. Zolfo

Costume Design

The Duchess – Michael O’Connor

Make Up & Hair

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Jean Black / Colleen Callaghan


Slumdog Millionaire – Glenn Freemantle / Resul Pookutty / Richard Pryke / Tom Sayers / Ian Tapp

Special Visual Effects

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Eric Barba / Craig Barron / Nathan McGuinness / Edson Williams

Short Animation

Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death – Steve Pegram / Nick Park / Bob Baker

Short Film

September – Stewart le Maréchal / Esther May Campbell

The Orange Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

Noel Clarke

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