The Richard Attenborough UK Regional Film Awards

Movie Talk is proud to announce that the Animated Film of the Year at The Richard Attenborough UK Regional  Film Awards – the award which we sponsored –  was nabbed by Disney’s hugely popular tale of singing sisters, talking snowmen and, well, lots of snow, Frozen. The announcement was made last night at the glamorous Café de Paris in London’s West End.

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In another of the public votes, Disney’s Saving Mr Banks also picked up an award for Best On-Screen Duo for Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. The Walt Disney Company UK had this to say about the two accolades: “We are delighted that both Frozen and Saving Mr Banks have struck a chord with cinemagoers across the country.”

Also getting the nod from the Great British public was Stephen Frears’ uplifting tale of an Irish woman in search of her long-lost child, Philomena, which won the British Film of the Year. Dame Judi Dench (who starred as the indomitable Philomena Lee) said: “I am so proud that our work has been recognised by this wonderful award.”

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To activate the sound in the trailer: hold your cursor over the screen to reveal the control panel and click on the volume control in the bottom right-hand corner.

In other news from the Awards, the Best Film of the Year – voted for by regional journalists and bloggers – went to Steve McQueen’s searing historical drama 12 Years a Slave. The director had this to say: ” This means so much to me. Thank you for your help in making the film such a success throughout the UK.” Chiwetel Ejiofor also picked up the Actor of the Year award for his lead performance as Solomon Northup.

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Alfonso Cuarón picked up the Director of the Year award for the space drama Gravity and Cate Blanchett scooped the Actress of the Year for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

Top tip for anyone planning a punt on the Oscars: many previous winners of the RAFA Film of the Year – including Argo, The Social Network, The Artist and Slumdog Millionaire – have gone on to win the Best Film statuette. Just sayin’

So that’s it for another year, except to say a big Movie Talk thank you to everyone who took part in the public voting!