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Attenboroughs win for Atonement
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in Atonement
British film Atonement has picked up four prizes in the newly-named Richard Attenborough Film Awards.

The movie, which is also nominated for best film at the Oscars, won film of the year, best actor for James McAvoy, best film-maker and best screenwriter.

McAvoy said: "I'm really proud to be a part of this film and excited to be taking home this award."

The awards are voted for by UK regional journalists and were renamed in honour of the British director this year.

Atonement's producer, Paul Webster, said: "This film was shot entirely in England with a completely British cast and crew.

"It is especially thrilling that our film has been so honoured by the Richard Attenborough Film Awards."

Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her performance in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Nine years earlier she played the same role in the original film.

Sam Riley won the rising star award. The 28-year-old played Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in Control. He is nominated in the same category at the Baftas.

Lord Attenborough congratulated the winners on their success.

"The last year has shown the cinema to be both resilient and innovative," he said.

"It has also brought a superb crop of terrific films with compelling performances from both experienced and fresh talents."

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