The British Film Awards, held at the old BBC Television Centre in London, were presented by Simon Amstell. The film 45 Years was expected to scoop the big award of the evening, but Brooklyn won the Best Film category. The story of a young Irish girl travelling to the U.S. in search of a new life stars Saoirse Ronan is an adaption of the novel by Colm Toibin.

From The BFA to the BAFTA and Oscars

Although not the favorite to win on the evening, it's no real surprise that Brooklyn was to triumph. Already an award winning title with Saoirse Ronan winning Best Actress at the British Independent Film awards. The next battle for the film will be at the BAFTA's and Oscars with Ronan up for best actress and the Film nominated for Best British Film.

Screenwriter Nick Hornsby is also up for awards at the big ceremonies.

Winners at The British Film Awards

With Brooklyn winner of Best Film other triumphs of the night were:

  • Best Actor - Idris Elba in Beast of No Nation
  • Best Actress - Dame Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van
  • Blockbuster of the Year – Stars Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Editor's Award – 45 Years
  • Best Screenplay – Emma Donaghue
  • Comedy Award – Emma Thompson for her art in The Legend of Barney
  • Best Documentary – Amy
  • Rising Star Award – Maisie Williams who starred in The Falling

The Outstanding Contribution Award went to Alan Bennett, and Mark Digby, the production designer on Ex-Machina took the Technical Achievement category.

What could be classed as a shock to many was the outcome of 45 Years – nominated for 3 awards and expected to take Best Film category, but only taking the one in the shape of the Editors Award, this is described as a special award marking an extra ordinary person or achievement that has boosted the industry throughout the last year.

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Nominations at The Oscars

Many of the winners at the British Film Awards have also been nominated for BAFTAs and Oscars, including Emma Donoghue in Room, she alone is up for 4 Oscars for her role in the Booker-nominated bestseller. Dame Maggie Smith is an Oscar nominee for Best Actress, and Nick Hornby has been nominated for an Oscar as well as a Bafta.