The 2012 Richard Attenborough Film Awards ceremony took place earlier today before a select audience of industry professionals and talent in Central London. As an outlet for regional critics across the UK, the RAFAs are now viewed as one of the more influential awards events to take place before the prestigious BAFTA ceremony in February, and can be seen as a pivotal litmus test for audience sentiment ahead of the British film awards season. Winners on the day, with awards presented by James King, included French silent extravaganza and Oscar favourite The Artist (2011), which scooped the prize for both Film of the Year and also Best Filmmaker for director Michael Hazanavicius.
The Best Screenwriter award went to Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), with Straughan appearing in person to collect the accolade as well as the British Film Star nod as a representative for the sadly absent Gary Oldman. There was also awards recognition for rising star Tom Hiddleston, Shame (2011) lead Michael Fassbender and Meryl Streep, for her superb turn as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011).
CineVue was also among the winners, picking up the Best UK Film Blog award despite strong competition from HeyUGuys, Ultra Culture, Eat Sleep Live Film and Blogomatic3000. CineVue would like to personally thanks its wonderful fanbase for helping us claim the prize – without our loyal audience, it’s unthinkable that we would have been able to compete, so thanks to one and all.
A full list of award winners can be viewed below:
UK Regional Film Critics’ Awards
Film of the Year – The Artist
Filmmaker of the Year – Michel Hazanavicius (dir. The Artist)
Screenwriter of the Year – Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Best Actor – Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Best Actress – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Rising Star – Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Thor, The Deep Blue Sea, Midnight in Paris)
UK Public Votes
British Film of the Year – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Animated Film – Arthur Christmas
Family Film – The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
British Film Star – Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Film Star – Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1)
Film Blog – CineVue
Most Anticipated Film of 2012 – The Dark Knight Rises
For more info on the Richard Attenborough Film Awards and for a highlights package from the ceremony itself, hosted by James King, please visit filmoftheyear.co.uk.