Awards Season

Hurt Locker Sweeps 'British Oscars'

Avatar had nothing on The Hurt Locker at the British Academy Film Awards, England's version of the Oscars, on Sunday. The Iraq War drama took home six statues, including best film. The drama's director, Kathryn Bigelow, also won a BAFTA for her efforts, making her the first woman to do so. The Hurt Locker also earned honors for best original screenplay, cinematography, editing, and sound. Avatar, directed by Bigelow's ex-husband, James Cameron, won two BAFTAs at the ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden. And the British academy also honored their own: Colin Firth won best actor for his role in A Single Man, and Carey Mulligan picked up the award for best actress for her role in An Education. The academy awarded a rising star award to Twilight superstar Kristen Stewart, who attended the ceremony alongside co-star Robert Pattinson. Also in attendance were Gabourey Sidibe, Audrey Tautou, Kate Winslet, and Prince William, who honored Vanessa Redgrave with a BAFTA Fellowship.