Disney Pixar’s Up has been named the film of the year at the 4th Richard Attenborough Awards, which are voted for by the UK’s regional media.
James Cameron was voted filmmaker of the year for Avatar whilst BAFTA favourite Carey Mulligan picked up two awards - the performance of the year by an actress and rising star award - for An Education.
The performance of the year by an actor award went to Sam Rockwell for Moon, whilst Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner were named screenwriters of the year for Up in The Air.
A further 9 categories were voted for by the UK’s cinema going public, with Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince winning three awards– best British film, best film music and best use of UK locations in a film. The publically voted best new director award went to Duncan Jones for Moon.
The Awards were hosted by Radio DJ Simon Bates, and film & entertainment journalist Jan Gilbert at London’s Sanctum Soho Hotel.
Lord Attenborough CBE, who won the all time legend award said: ‘The last year has shown the cinema to be resilient and innovative, with audiences eager to share and enjoy the uniquely immersive theatrical experience. It has also brought a marvellous array of films with compelling performances from experienced and emerging talents who can accept their accolades safe in the knowledge that their work has left its mark on millions of cinema-goers.’