Evening Standard British Film Awards 2018: Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Kaluuya crowned winners
The awards were hosted by British comedy favourite Catherine Tate, with A-list names and up-and-coming stars alike coming together to recognise the great and good of the film industry.
British star Daniel Kaluuya won the award for Best Actor for his performance in critically-adored horror film Get Out.
Kristin Scott Thomas won Best Actress for her turn in black comedy The Party, and was handed the award by BFI CEO Amanda Nevill.
Another big winner on the night was God’s Own Country, which took home a number of awards.
The movie, which tells the story of a burgeoning relationship between Yorkshire farmhands Johnny Saxby and Gheorghe Ionescu, was named Best Film during the ceremony.
Gemma Jones also won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Deidre Saxby in the film, which was written and directed by Francis Lee. She was handed the award by Jim Broadbent.
The Amanda Eliasch Best Screenplay Award went to Sally Potter for her work on Kristin Scott Thomas’s The Party, which focuses on a female politician hosting a chaotic gathering in an affluent London home.
Simon Russell Beale was recognised for his performance as Lavrentiy Beria in Armando Iannucci’s dark comedy The Death of Stalin.
Paddington 2 was also recognised by this year’s judging panel, with the British film winning the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy.
Gary Williamson, who played a big part in bringing the loveable bear to life on screen, won the Technical Achievement award for his production design on the film.
The ceremony also saw Rugano Nyoni take home the Breakthrough of the Year gong for her work on I Am Not a Witch, which explores the story of a young girl who is sent to a Zambian camp after being accused of witchcraft.
This year’s judging panel comprised Evening Standard film reviewers Charlotte O’Sullivan and David Sexton; Evening Standard columnist Ellen E Jones; Guy Lodge, chief UK film critic of Variety; Tim Robey, film reviewer for The Daily Telegraph; and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, lead film reviewer of Metro. The panel is chaired by the Standard’s arts editor, William Moore.
The full list of winners
Everyman Award for Best Film: God’s Own Country
Best Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Best Actress in partnership with Claridge’s: Kristin Scott Thomas, The Party
Best Supporting Actor: Simon Russell Beale, The Death of Stalin
Best Supporting Actress: Gemma Jones, God’s Own Country
Amanda Eliasch Best Screenplay Award: Sally Potter, The Party
Technical Achievement: Gary Williamson, Paddington 2 (production design)
Breakthrough of the Year: Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch
Peter Sellers Award for Comedy: Paddington 2
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