British craft honoured at Oscars

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Brits took home a raft of gongs, including Best Actor and Best Costume Design at Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards. Adele also picked up the trophy for Best Original Song for Skyfall – the first Oscar for a Bond film in 47 years.

The last Bond film to win at the Oscars was Thunderball, which won in the sound effects category in 1965. This year’s glittering ceremony honoured the super-spy’s 50th anniversary with a tribute, featuring a performance by Shirley Bassey.
The 23rd Bond outing also picked up Best Sound Editing - but in a rare tie, the film shared the award with Zero Dark Thirty.

In the Best Actor category, it was no surprise that Greenwich born Daniel Day-Lewis took home the trophy for his role in the Spielberg epic Lincoln. His win was a first in Oscar history – the first Best Actor to win three trophies. Day-Lewis hinted on a break after his recent success: "I need to lie down for a couple of years. It's really hard to imagine doing anything after this." The actor is said to have stayed in character throughout the shoot, insisting people refer to him as Mr. President.

Another victory was for Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, winning Best Make-up and Hairstyling for Les Miserables. The British film won a total of three awards: Best Sound Mixing and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway’s role as Fantine.

The award for Best Costume Design went to Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, with British costume designer Jacqueline Durran collecting the award. The costume designer is no stranger to the Oscars - she was nominated for Pride and Prejudice in 2006 and Atonement in 2008, both directed by Joe Wright.

To round off the British wins, producer and founder of London’s Red Box Films, Simon Chinn, won the Best Documentary Feature award for Searching for Sugar Man. Collecting the statuette alongside the film’s director Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish-British film follows the search for obscure 70s singer Sixto Rodriguez.

Commenting on the British successes, Amanda Neville, CEO of the BFI said: “A testament to the world class skills and creative excellence coming from these shores. It was fantastic to see the British talent behind the camera – those you don’t see on the red carpet – be so richly rewarded.”

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The full list of winners are as follows:

Best Picture - Argo
Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress - Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Directing - Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Foreign Language Film - Amour, Austria
Adapted Screenplay - Chris Terrio, Argo
Original Screenplay - Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Animated Feature Film - Brave
Production Design - Lincoln
Cinematography - Life of Pi
Sound Mixing - Les Miserables
Sound Editing - Zero Dark Thirty, Skyfall
Original Score - Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Original Song - Skyfall from Skyfall, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Costume - Anna Karenina
Documentary Feature - Searching for Sugar Man
Documentary (short) - Inocente
Film Editing - Argo
Makeup and Hairstyling - Les Miserables
Animated Short Film - Paperman
Live Action Short Film - Curfew
Visual Effects - Life of Pi