Argo named best film by UK regional film critics
Story by Jack Foley
BEN Affleck’s Argo has taken yet another major award – from the UK’s regional film critics.
The hostage drama was named Film of the Year at the Richard Attenborough UK Regional Film Awards and marks Argo‘s first win in the UK. It has seven BAFTA nominations going into next weekend’s ceremony.
Expressing his delight with the accolade, Affleck said in a message: “We thank the UK regional film critics on behalf of all the cast and production team for voting Argo Film of the Year.”
James Bond movie Skyfall also emerged with two awards – for best director for Sam Mendes and Rising Star for Ben Whishaw, who played gadget man Q.
Dark comedy “Sightseers”/Film-Review/sightseers-review, directed by Ben Wheatley, was recognised with the Screenplay of the Year prize for co-writers Amy Jump, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram.
Oram commented: “Thank you, it’s a real honour. And thank you, too, to everyone in the regional media who have supported Sightseers, it’s made a huge difference and won’t be forgotten.”
And British Performance of the Year was given to Robert Pattinson for his performance in final Twilight movie Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
The award was decided by public vote in conjunction with the film website moviepreviewnetwork.com.
Established in 2006, the UK Regional Film Critics’ Awards are dedicated to Richard (Lord) Attenborough CBE, actor, filmmaker and champion of British cinema.
They are voted for by film journalists and bloggers who write or broadcast for local media throughout the UK.
In recognition of their accomplishments, winners receive a plinth-mounted RAFA award engraved with Richard Attenborough’s signature.
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