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Slumdog wins big at the Baftas

By Sarah Jane Griffiths
Newsbeat entertainment reporter

Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at this year's Baftas on Sunday night. The film won seven awards including best film, and best director for Danny Boyle.

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Dev Patel and Slumdog co-star Freida Pinto both had something to smile about

"In the whole of my career I've only had one Bafta nomination," he admitted on the rainy red carpet on the way in. "And I've made a lot of films! So this is just wonderful."

Once inside, as well as the people that worked on the film, Danny used his acceptance speech to thank those who'd helped fix his dad's TV.

"The wiring in my dad's house blew overnight," he said. "It's just a big shout out to everyone who helped him get the extension cable in so he can watch this. It'll mean a lot to him."

His own son Gabriel kept up the family theme and got lots of laughs by taking to his feet and shouting: "I love you Dad!"

After her Golden Globe wobbly, Kate Winslet managed to hold it together as she accepted her best actress Bafta for The Reader.

Backstage she clung onto her Bafta tightly, declining all offers to hold it while she did the winners press conference, saying: "No you won't!".

Looking pure Hollywood glamour dressed in a halter neck black fishtail dress which hit the floor, Kate assured reporters she's still "the girl from Reading".

She said: "These are dreams that as a kid I wouldn't even dare to dream.

"I would watch people win big prizes and just think how beautiful they were and how talented they were, and how I would probably never, ever, ever be like one of those people. And here I am! So I'm just making the most of every single moment."

Comeback kid

So after two award-winning films in one year - what project is next for Kate? "A stiff drink" apparently.

Enter Mickey Rourke - who proved that despite his reformed ways and comeback role in The Wrestler, he can still pull off the Hollywood hell-raiser look.

He wandered backstage holding his best actor Bafta in one hand and a bottle of Champagne in the other.
Mickey Rourke
Mickey celebrates his best actor win with a swig of Champagne

"I get really nervous in front of strangers… by nature I'm really shy," he confessed.

He wasn't so shy on stage though - delivering the first swear words of the night in his speech.

He told the audience it was a pleasure to be there and out of the darkness. He also thanked Marisa Tomei who played his stripper love-interest in the film - for putting up with him and taking her clothes off all the time.

He was without his 17-year-old pet Chihuahua, and constant companion, Loki though.

He said: "She's ill. She's in New York getting better, she had a stroke. But she's with me in spirit and I'll see her in a few days. She'll be alright - say a prayer for her!"

'So beautiful'

His fellow best actor nominee and Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel told Newsbeat it was surreal even to be nominated.

Meanwhile after hanging out with the likes of P Diddy at the Golden Globes, he had a new celeb in his sights: "Brad Pitt - I want to meet Brad Pitt! I met Angelina - she's so beautiful - but I want to meet Brad Pitt!"

Luckily the showbiz couple were working the red carpet not very far away - and despite both being nominated, insisted there was no competition in the Pitt-Jolie household: "We arm wrestle though," joked Brad.
Kate Winslet
Kate thanked her mum and dad as she picked up the award

They both walked away empty-handed, but Mick Jagger managed to put a smile on their faces, joking on stage that he wanted to see them and the kids performing The Sound of Music at next week's Brit Awards.

The only public vote of the night was won by Adulthood's Noel Clarke. The writer, actor and director won the rising star award.

But he insisted winning this award won't change him: "I was in Sainsbury's this morning doing the shopping, and you know, this is amazing, but you can't define your career by it, you'd drive yourself mad.

'So excited'

"I'm going to get up in the morning, take my missus to breakfast, change the boy's nappy. It will be a regular day, except this will be on my shelf."

Penelope Cruz said she's planning to take her best supporting actress Bafta for Vicky Cristina Barcelona back to her house in Madrid.

She was overwhelmed to win, despite already picking up a Golden Globe and a Spanish Oscar.
Penelope Cruz
Penelope clutches her award which she says was a surprise

She said: "I'm so happy, so excited, so surprised. I've been working since I was 16 so I'm much more used to losing than winning!"

Robert Downey Junior though had already resigned himself to losing the race for best supporting actor.

He said: "I've been told my chances are one in 206,000. Me and the missus are here as we just finished shooting Sherlock Holmes with Guy Ritchie.

"We filmed in Liverpool, Manchester and Chatham and we feel like we're honorary Brits!"

The best supporting actor award went to the late Heath Ledger for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

He died while filming The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus with director Terry Gilliam who was last night handed Bafta's Academy Fellowship.

He gave an update on the film: "We're just tidying up a couple of effects shots but it's finished and it's fantastic. It worked.

"Heath was a genius and the pity is the world isn't going to get to see what he was capable of. They've only seen the tip of the iceberg. He was utterly extraordinary."




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