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Bafta honours for Hawking and Pride of Wales.

Byline: Robert Dex Reporter

Stephen Hawking movie The Theory Of Everything was named Outstanding British Film at the Bafta awards last night - while an unheralded film about Welsh miners beat the biopic to one of the top honours.

Eddie Redmayne made it a double for his film as he won the leading actor Bafta for his performance as Professor Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone, the writer and producer of Pride, about an unlikely alliance between gay activists and striking miners in South Wales, won the Bafta for an outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer - a category also contested by The Theory of Everything. The award for leading actor was presented by former England football star David Beckham - with Prof Hawking in the audience at London's Royal Opera House.

The film, starring Redmayne as the pioneering scientist, is widely expected to do well at the Oscars later this month.

The Bafta for best film went to Boyhood, with the award being presented by Tom Cruise.

The film's director Richard Linklater was also given the best director award.

Accepting his best actor award, Redmayne joked about the "incredibly unfortunate" night he had to flee a Bafta ceremony to be sick with food poisoning.

He said: "It was one of the worst nights of my life. This is one of the best."

He thanked his own family, his "professional family" on the film and the Hawkings "for their trust in us, their generosity and their kindness".

Julianne Moore was named best actress and thanked Bafta for "including me among these beautiful performances".

The Still Alice star plays a woman struck down by Alzheimer's in the film and thanked her Scottish relatives who "poured love into me".

and the winners were...Winners in the EE Bafta Film Awards: Outstanding British Film - Theory Of Everything Original Music - The Grand Budapest Hotel Documentary - CitizenFour | Make-up and hair - The Grand Budapest Hotel Production design - The Grand Budapest Hotel British Short Film - Boogaloo And Graham British Short Animation - The Bigger Picture Editing - Whiplash Sound - Whiplash Animated Film - The Lego Movie Special Visual Effects - Interstellar Supporting Actor - JK Simmons for Whiplash Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema - BBC Films Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette for Boyhood Cinematography - Birdman Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer - Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone for Pride


Eddie Redmayne and his wife <BHannah Bagshawe

Stephen Hawking and his <Bdaughter Lucy Hawking

Stephen Beresford, left, and David Livingstone with the Outstanding <BDebut By A British Writer, Director or Producer in 2015 Award for Pride

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter arrive at the Baftas, held at the Royal <BOpera House, Bow Street, London, last night

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Feb 9, 2015
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