Indian drama Slumdog Millionaire swept the BAFTA film awards on Sunday,winning Best Film,Best Director and five other categories,giving it another boost ahead of the Oscars later this month.
Slumdog Millionaire triumphed at the Golden Globes last month with four honours including Best Drama.
Slumdog director Danny Boyle gave a restrained acceptance speech,but earlier defended his film on the red carpet against criticism in India to the movies name,which some slum dwellers find offensive,its depiction of the lives of impoverished Indians and the treatment of the cast.
He said the children in the film had been paid well and that the makers of the movie went to great lengths to make sure they would be well cared for after the film was forgotten.
We also put in place an educational plan for the children which we are sticking to and we will be there for them long after the fuss has died down, Boyle said ahead of the awards.
Kate Winslet,a double Golden Globe winner,won the leading actress award for her role as a former concentration camp guard in The Reader.
Mickey Rourke gave an expletive-filled acceptance speech while picking up his award for leading actor for his portrayal of a lonely,washed-up professional athlete in The Wrestler,trying to make his sporting comeback in a role that parallels the actors own troubled life.
The red carpet was teeming with stars. Delighted fans bayed for autographs while the paparazzi jostled for snaps of Brad Pitt,Angelina Jolie,Winslet,Rourke,Robert Downey Jr,and many other Hollywood and British film stars.