The UK regional film journalists awards, newly christened the Richard Attenborough Film Awards, have announced its results for 2008, with Atonement taking top honours as film of the year.

Atonement continued its winning streak with Joe Wright named best director, James McAvoy named actor of the year, and Christopher Hampton named screenwriter of the year.

Cate Blanchett won actress of the year for Elizabeth: The Golden Age, while the Rising Star award went to Control's lead actor, Sam Riley.

Regional arts and entertainment writers and editors from across the UK voted for the winners via the website of Cinema Days, a film trade industry events series.

Paul Webster, producer of Atonement, said: 'This film was shot entirely in England with a completely British cast and crew so it is especially thrilling that our film has been so honoured by the Richard Attenborough Film Awards.'