THE CREAM of the North East's movie-making talent were left empty handed after missing out at last night's glitzy Bafta awards.
Actress Andrea Riseborough, who grew up in Whitley Bay, was up for the Rising Star statuette, which went to The Dark Knight Rises’ Juno Temple.
While Newcastle University digital media lecturer Tina Gharavi, nominated for her semi-autobiographical film about an Iranian asylum seeker who falls in with Tyneside travellers, I am Nasrine, was pipped to the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer prize.
Elsewhere there were shocks in some of the major categories, with 85-year-old Emanuelle Riva laying down a marker for the Oscars in two weeks time by being named Best Actress and rom-com Silver Linings Playbook taking the Best Adapted Screenplay gong ahead of Spielberg’s Lincoln and Life of Pi.
But the ceremony, presented by Stephen Fry at London’s Royal Opera House, also managed to follow the expected script as Daniel Day Lewis was named Best Actor and the latest James Bond movie Skyfall was crowned Best British Film.
“On the chance that I might one day have to speak on an evening such as this, I have actually stayed in character as myself for the last 55 years, and I had a selection of BAFTA sets dating from the 1950s down-scaled and placed in every room of every house I’ve ever lived in,” Day-Lewis said.
“Every time I rise from a chair it spontaneously releases a burst of applause, some boos and some drunken heckling.
“I don’t know if I deserve this, but I know every one of you does. To the end of my days, thank you BAFTA.”
The big winner of the night was American spy thriller Argo, which picked up Best Picture and Best Director for Ben Affleck.