(09/02/07) – Cinema Days announced the UK Regional Critics Film Awards on Tuesday this week. Kamera’s regular contributors Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc took part in the voting process. It was a double win for Pan’s Labyrinth(pictured), the successful ‘fairytale for adults’, which was voted Film of the Year, and its director Guillermo del Toro, who was declared Filmmaker of the Year. Del Toro said he was delighted and remarked, “It’s such an honour that a foreign language film has been recognised in such a prestigious way by the UK regional film critics". Kamera’s regular contributors Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc took part in the voting process.
There were also a number of acting awards to acknowledge excellence in that field. Actors of any nationality are eligible and an award is presented to both an actor and actress. Performances of the Year went to Forest Whittaker for his role as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, directed by Kevin Macdonald, and Helen Mirren won for her performance as the reigning monarch in Stephen Frears’ The Queen. “I would like to thank the UK Regional Critics, it is a great honour to win… It is one of the hardest roles to play not just a living person but one who is part of our everyday lives in Britain,” said Mirren.
The award for Newcomer of the Year was won by young Abigail Breslin for her role in Little Miss Sunshine, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
This is the inaugural year for the award, which is voted on by regional journalists, critics and editors from across the UK. Voting took place online between the 12th and 30th January. Each winner will receive an engraved glass diamond award.