UK: The audio engineers behind The Hurt Locker were awarded the Sound trophy, writes David Davies. Taking place at the Royal Opera House in London on 21 February, the Orange British Academy Film Awards failed to deliver the clean sweep for James Cameron’s 3D-fest, Avatar, that was predicted by some commentators.
Instead, a gritty drama about a US bomb disposal team in Iraq, The Hurt Locker, exceeded expectations, winning six awards, including Director for Kathryn Bigelow and Sound for Ray Beckett and Paul N.K. Ottosson.
Made on a relatively low budget of $11m, The Hurt Locker was the first film in seven years from Bigelow, who was briefly married to James Cameron in the early ’90s.
Elsewhere, Michael Giacchino saw down competition from James Horner, T-Bone Burnett/Stephen Bruton, Alexandre Desplat and Chaz Jankel to win the Music award for his work on acclaimed Pixar animation Up.
Pinewood Studios also had reason to celebrate thanks to its involvement in the winner of the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer category, Moon, which is the feature debut of Duncan (son of David Bowie) Jones.
As expected, An Education – based on a memoir by Observer journalist Lynn Barber – received a slew of awards, including Actress for Carey Mulligan. But contrary to some forecasts, Avatar walked away with a mere two trophies: Special Visual Effects and Production Design.
The film world’s focus now shifts to the 82nd Academy Awards, which will take place at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on March 7. Look out for results and reaction to the audio/music categories on the subsequent issue of PSN-e.