Toby Jones claims coveted Best Actor Award at London Evening Standard Film Awards
Last night London’s South Bank was awash with glitz and glamour as high profile guests of the British film industry gathered at the Film Museum for the EVENING STANDARD’S FILM AWARDS, presented by comedian and actor Stephen Mangan.
The awards were set up in 1973 by the London newspaper to focus on British and Irish talent. Each year a panel of top UK critics judge the awards. This year the judges included the Standard’s art’s editor Fiona Hughes along with the papers film critics David Sexton, Derek Malcolm and Charlotte O’Sullivan, who were joined by Tim Robey (The Daily Telegraph), Kate Muir (The Times), the Independent’s Anthony Quinn.
Toby Jones received the BEST ACTOR award for his performance in Berberian Sound Studio, beating of competition from Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis and star of Tom Hopper’s Les Misérables Eddie Redmayne. Berberian Sound Studio, which was released by Artificial Eye, is a surreal and affecting homage to 1970’s Italian giallo horror. Jones previously won at December’s British Independent Film Awards for his performance.
32 year old actress, Andrea Riseborough (who like Jones also received an accolade the BIFA’S) was present the award for BEST ACTRESS by English veteran actor and star of Song For Marion Terrence Stamp for her performance in the thrilling IRA drama Shadowdancer, directed by James Marsh.
Sam Mendes’ Skyfall was named BLOCKBUSTER OF THE YEAR, PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, with Haley Atwell presenting the award to the film’s producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. Skyfall smashed UK and internal box office upon its release being the first Bond film to take over £100million.
Malcolm Campbell’s screenplay for What Richard Did claimed BEST SCREENPLAY, which was awarded to him by the film’s rising star, Jack Reynor. The LONDON FILM MUSEUM AWARD FOR TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT went to Anna Karenina, where the film’s director Joe Wright accepted the award on behalf of the creative team that included costume designer Jacqueline Durran, production designer Sarah Greenwood and cinematographer Seamus McGarvey.
The PETER SELLER’S AWARD for best comedy went to Ben Wheatly’s Sightseers a black-comedy that sees a romantic week away descend into murder and mayhem, starring comic duo Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. Whilst Welsh-Egyptian director Sally El Hosain was named MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER for My Brother The Devil with Bart Layton winning Best Documentary for the much acclaimed tale of the tragically deluded Frédéric Bourdin, The Imposter.
Lastly, funny man Sacha Baron Cohen picked up the EDITOR’S AWARD for how he makes everyone of his movies an event.