The film awards season kicked off in style over the weekend with the European Film Awards in Berlin and the British Independent Film Awards in London. On Saturday, it was a big night for British cinema in Germany: Colin Firth and Tilda Swinton won the main acting prizes for ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’, director Tom Hooper accepted the People’s Choice Award for ‘The King’s Speech’ and director Stephen Frears (‘My Beautiful Launderette’, ‘The Queen’) was honoured with a career prize. Accepting his award, Frears said, ‘It’s a great honour. I’m everything you don’t approve of. I’m not an auteur and I make cheerful films.’
On Sunday, Paddy Considine’s ‘Tyrannosaur’, a downbeat story of abuse in the Midlands, was the big winner at the BIFAs: the film won Best Film, Olivia Colman won Best Actress and Paddy Considine won Best Debut Director. The Bifas jury also spread the love around the year’s other major British indie films, with Michael Fassbender (above) winning Best Actor for ‘Shame’, Lynne Ramsay winning Best Director for ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ and Richard Ayoade winning Best Screenplay for ‘Submarine’. The crowd at Old Billingsgate also voted BIFAs host Chris O’Dowd (‘The IT Crowd’, ‘Bridesmaids’) a clear winner in his first year in the gig. Dave Calhoun
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