Atonement wins big at Attenboroughs
by Naman Ramachandran
film profile]Atonement continued its stellar awards run and boosted its BAFTA and Academy Award chances when it won four prizes including Best Film at the newly named Richard Attenborough Film Awards. The film also won Best Filmmaker (Joe Wright), Best Actor (James McAvoy) and Screenwriter (Christopher Hampton).
Keira Knightley lost out to Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age [+see also:
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McAvoy said, “I’m really proud to be a part of this film and excited to be taking home this award.”
Lord Attenborough said, “The last year has shown the cinema to be both resilient and innovative. It has also brought a superb crop of terrific films with compelling performances from both experienced and fresh talents.”
UK regional journalists vote for the awards, earlier known as the Regional Film Critics’ Film Awards. They were renamed in honour of Attenborough from this year.
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