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'Slumdog Millionaire' sweeps BAFTAs

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Slumdog Millionaire added to its ever-increasing awards-season haul on Sunday with seven wins at the annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Danny Boyle’s Mumbai-set drama swept the top prizes — Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Other victors included In Bruges for Best Original Screenplay, WALL-E for Best Animated Film, Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) for Leading Actor, Kate Winslet (The Reader) for Leading Actress, Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) for Supporting Actress, and Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) for Supporting Actor.

The BAFTAs are often considered a predictor of Academy Award tallies, although just two of this decade’s eight Best Picture Oscar winners also went home with the top prize at the BAFTAs — Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.