[ 2007-02-05 10:39 ]
Daniel Craig was honored but Helen Mirren was denied Sunday at the
34th annual Evening Standard British Film Awards.
Craig was named best actor for "Casino
Royale," his debut outing as James Bond. Craig, who has won both
critical praise and box office favor as the first blond Bond, is also up for the
best-actor prize at next week's British Academy Film Awards.
Mirren, who is an Academy Awards favorite for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II
in "The Queen," lost the best actress prize to Judi Dench, awarded for her
portrayal of a predatory schoolteacher in "Notes on a Scandal."
The best-film prize went to "United 93," Paul Greengrass' harrowing
dramatization of the final flight of one of the planes hijacked in the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks.
Peter Morgan won the screenplay
award for two scripts: "The Queen" and "The Last King of
Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of the gauche Kazakh journalist Borat, won the
Peter Sellers Award for comedy.
Stephen Frears, director of "The Queen," received a special award for "for
making British film reverberate around the world." The veteran director's
socially conscious films include "My Beautiful Laundrette," "Dangerous Liaisons"
and "Dirty Pretty Things."
The Evening Standard awards are sponsored by London's afternoon newspaper and
selected by a jury of film critics.