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Winslet wins best actress Bafta

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet had been nominated twice in the best actress category

British actress Kate Winslet has been named best actress for her role in The Reader at the at the British Academy Film Awards in London.

She thanked her parents, who attended the ceremony. In her acceptance speech, she said she could not look at them, because "I will burst into tears".

Slumdog Millionaire has so far scooped five awards, including best director and best adapted screenplay.

Mickey Rourke was named best actor for his role in The Wrestler.

The late Heath Ledger has won best supporting actor at the British Academy Film Awards in London.

Brad Pitt's movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has won three awards for best production design, best make up and hair and special visual effects.

Penelope Cruz said she was "really honoured and grateful" as she was named best supporting actress for her role as Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

She also dedicated the Bafta to the rest of the cast.

Presenter Jonathan Ross opened the first part of the show by telling the celebrity audience he was "nervous".

During a later link he managed to use the word "salad".

The word was significant as he had asked Twitter members to choose something unusual for him to say during the show.

Slumdog star Dev Patel hijacks Sharon Stone's red carpet interview

The Duchess scooped the prize was best costume design and I've Loved You So Long, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, won best foreign language film.

Pinewood and Shepperton Studios received the outstanding British contribution to cinema award.

The studios have a heritage dating back nearly 75 years with more than 1,500 films made there, including The African Queen, Dr Strangelove and Superman.

Actor Jason Isaacs presented the award, saying they were "two of the greatest places on the planet to make a film".

Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said: "It is very pleasing to have that type of recognition for the work that goes on behind the scenes."

Sharon Stone presented the award for best British film to Man On Wire.

Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie and Pitt are among the stars who braved the cold weather to attend the ceremony.

Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel, who is up for best actor, revealed he was surprised at being nominated, saying "someone slap me" on the red carpet.

Patel's movie is favourite to win the prestigious best film award.

I'm going to get very emotional and will probably need to be carried on stage in a blubbering heap
Terry Gilliam on receiving a Bafta Fellowship

Actor Noel Clarke, who took home the rising star award, told the BBC as he arrived that he was backing Winslet all the way.

Referring to the comments some critics made about her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes in January, he said: "I think we should stop taking the mickey out of Kate Winslet and her acceptance speeches and get behind her more more."

Speaking before the ceremony Winslet told BBC News she was not "even going to talk about speeches" when asked about what she planned to say later if she won.

The star said she was keeping her fingers crossed about taking a trophy home with her.

"I've been doing this for a long time now and I really love what I do, I care very, very much, she said.

"My mum and dad are here with me tonight and I think they're secretly hoping I take home some hardware."

Former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam will receive a Bafta Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to film.

"I'm going to get very emotional and will probably need to be carried on stage in a blubbering heap," he said.

Gilliam's latest big screen adventure, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, was actor Heath Ledger's final film.

Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle was grateful his father was able to watch TV at home

He said the film "turned out great" and he hopes it will be a "fitting memorial" to the late star.

Held two weeks before the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, the Baftas are one of the key events of the so-called film awards season.

All four of last year's Bafta-winning actors went on to receive the same awards on Oscar night.

Landing one of Bafta's golden masks, however, is not a cast-iron guarantee of further prizes.

Last year, Keira Knightley's Atonement was named best film at the Baftas only to be trumped at the Oscars by the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men.

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