RECORD-breaking James Bond movie Skyfall was last night named best film twice over at a major awards ceremony in London.
The movie, which has become the UK’s biggest-ever box office hit, was named best film at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, while viewers voted it their blockbuster of the year.
Despite being the most critically-praised Bond film for many years and breaking UK box-office records, Skyfall had until last night had a disappointing awards season, landing only Best Original Song at the Golden Globes for singer Adele’s theme tune.
Last night had been billed as a David and Goliath contest with the Bond blockbuster up against two low-budget independent productions – Berberian Sound Studio, a psychological thriller starring Toby Jones, and Sightseers, a black comedy thriller, both of which have already won awards.
Ken Loach’s latest film, Angel’s Share, set in Glasgow, received two nominations, with the unknown and untrained actor Paul Brannigan as Best Newcomer and Paul Laverty for Best Screenplay, but neither won their categories.
Hotly-tipped Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis missed out on the best actor award for his acclaimed lead role in Lincoln.
Instead the prize went to Jones for his role as a sound-effects technician who finds himself out of his depth working on an Italian horror movie during the 1970s.
Andrea Riseborough collected the best actress prize for her role as an IRA terrorist in Shadow Dancer, but journalist Tom Bradby missed out on winning best screenplay for bringing his original novel to the screen.
That award went to Malcolm Campbell for What Richard Did. The drama, based on the novel Bad Day In Blackrock by Kevin Power, tells the story of 18-year-old Richard Karlsen, whose life is changed forever after a senseless act of violence.
Comedy actor Sacha Baron Cohen, whose characters have included Borat, Bruno and Ali G, took an honorary title, the editor’s award, to celebrate his “extraordinary achievement”.
Other wins included best documentary for The Imposter, about a conman who manages to dupe a Texan family into believing he is their missing son.
Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands said: “Thanks in part to the extraordinary success of Skyfall 2012 highlighted the creativity, vision and talent of a new generation of British film-makers, actors and actresses.”
The event was hosted by actor Stephen Mangan at the London Film Museum on the South Bank. Among those handing out the gongs last night was comedian Rob Brydon and actors Rafe Spall and Terrence Stamp.
Last year, Michael Fassbender, who recently appeared in the Alien prequel Prometheus, was named best actor for his portrayal of a sex addict in Shame and his role in Jane Eyre, while Olivia Colman, best-known for her role in the Channel 4 comedy Peep Show, won the best actress award for her performance in Tyrannosaur.
Established in 1973, awards are for the most part “dedicated to British and Irish talent,” apart from the blockbuster of the year category, where Hollywood is pitted against home-grown hits in a public vote.
And the winners are...
Best Film: Skyfall
Best Actor: Toby Jones (below) for Berberian Sound Studio
Best Actress: Andrea Riseborough for Shadow Dancer
Most Promising Newcomer: Sally El Hosaini, writer and director of My Brother The Devil
London Film Museum Award for Technical Achievement: Jacqueline Durran (costume design), Sarah Greenwood (production design) and Seamus McGarvey (cinematography) for Anna Karenina
Peter Sellers Award For Comedy: Sightseers
Best Documentary: The Imposter
Best Screenplay: Malcolm Campbell for What Richard Did
The Editor’s Award: Sacha Baron Cohen for making an event of every one of his films
Blockbuster of the Year, People’s Choice Award: Skyfall