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BAFTAs Batty for 'Slumdog'

"Slumdog Millionaire" girded for the Oscars Sunday by picking up a shelf or two of British American Film Awards in London.

In the show, run stateside on BBC America, the film about overcoming slum adversity through a TV game show, won outstanding film, outstanding director for Danny Boyle as well as best adapted screenplay, music, cinematography, editing and sound. That's seven overall.

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" came in second with three BAFTA awards, but all for technical fields - production design, hair and makeup and special visual effects.
Kate Winslet snared best actress for "The Reader," Micky Rourke got best actor for "The Wrestler."

Best supporting actor went to the late Heath Ledger for his portrayal of the Joker in "The Dark Knight." Penelope Cruz won best supporting actress for her role as addled ex in "Vicky Christina Barcelona."

Most of the marquee names made it to the London Opera House. And host once more was the distracting Jonathan Price, he with the wicked speech impediment.


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