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Slumdog sweeps UK's BAFTAs

2009-02-10 02:57:26 GMT2009-02-10 10:57:26 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

INTRO: The low-budget Indian drama Slumdog Millionaire sweeps Britain's BAFTA film awards winning seven prizes, including best film.

MOREINFO: Slumdog's success in the BAFTAs, coming after four honors at the Golden Globes, gives it an added boost ahead of the Oscars later in February.

SCRIPT:

The A-list came to London's Bafta awards - only to be greeted by the city's typical weather - rain.

But the stars were all smiles as they arrived for the British film industry's biggest night.

Not all eyes were on the show though. Angelina Jolie, arriving with Brad Pitt, said their six children wouldn't be seeing them on the red carpet.

SOUNDBITE: Angelina Jolie, saying:

"They never watch this stuff."

Inside, 'Slumdog Millionaire' continued it's award winning run off the back of the Golden Globes - this time with seven trophies including Best Film and Best Director to Danny Boyle.

Boyle earlier responded to accusations that child actors on the film were underpaid. He said not only were the children given appropriate wages, but that the film were also put them through school and that they will recieve even more money if they finish their education.

SOUNDBITE: Danny Boyle, saying:

"I'm disappointed that the film is used by people, it's inevitable. But it's also the pattern of life in Mumbai. It's an extraordinary city of maximums and it's a passionate city. I never expected any different once the film clearly got a very high profile."

And in addition to his Best Actor winning role in 'The Wrestler', Mickey Rourke also gave a memorable performance with his acceptance speech.

SOUNDBITE: Mickey Rourke, saying (English):

"Such a pleasure to be here and be out of the darkness. I'd like to thank Marisa Tomei for putting up with me. She's a hell of a talent and it was very brave of her to take her clothes off all the time and I enjoyed looking at her."

Kate Winslet - up against herself in the Best Actress category - won for Nazi drama 'The Reader', giving a more measured response than her now famous Golden Globe speech.

SOUNDBITE: Kate Winslet, saying:

"Thank you very very much. To be given this award at home, this really means a great deal to me."

Other winners included another posthumous Best Supporting Actor accolade for Heath Ledger as the Joker in 'The Dark Knight' - and Penelope Cruz picked up a Best Supporting for 'Vicky Christina Barcelona'.

Former Monty Python, Terry Gilliam, was awarded the night's highest accolade - a BAFTA fellowship - for his contribution to cinema.

Cindy Martin, Reuters

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