The Queen rules BAFTAs
Dame Helen Mirren is ?The Queen? of the Baftas.india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 19:06 IST
Actress Dame Helen Mirren has added another award to her long list of hauls including two Golden Globes, by winning the BAFTA honours for Best Actress for her role, as royal matriarch Elizabeth II in The Queen.
The 61-year–old actress paid a tearful tribute to her mentor actor Ian Richardson, who died last week, and said that she wondered what would have happened to her career, without him.
"Ian Richardson, I'm not too sure I would be here today if it wasn't for you," The BBC quoted her, as saying.
The Best Actor award went to Forest Whitaker for his role of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.
The Queen also won the Best Film honour at the London ceremony and gained a rich harvest of 10 nominations in total.
Meanwhile, British film-maker Paul Greengrass was named best director for United 93 that chronicles events on board United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked during the September 11, 2001 attacks
However, CasinoRoyale that was nominated for 9 awards including Best Actor won one award for best sound and Craig before the ceremony had said that whether he won the award or not, it was going to be a great night.
"Win or lose, it's going to be a good night," he said.
The BAFTA awards list is as follows
Best Film: The Queen
Best Director: Paul Greengrass for United 93
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland
Best Actress: Dame Helen Mirren for The Queen
Best actor in a supporting role: Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine
Best actress in a supporting role: Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls
Orange rising star award: Eva Green
Best film not in the English language: Pan's Labyrinth