baftalogoFrom Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: The 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards were announced at the Royal Opera House. Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker blasted James Cameron’s 3D technopic out of the BAFTAs by winning 6 awards including Best Film and Best Director, while Avatar had to make do with 2 technical awards. Leading Actor categories both stayed close to home, with Carey Mulligan winning for An Education, and Colin Firth for A Single Man.

Ever since the BAFTAs were moved up in 2000 to take place while Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences members are still voting for the Oscars, these awards have seen as a preview of the Avademy Award winners especially in the actor category. The BAFTAs kicked off with the announcement that Prince William will suceed Lord Attenborough as the British Academy’s new president, its 5th. The BAFTAs also honored Vanessa Redgrave with the Academy Fellowship and paid a tribute to outgoing Academy president Richard Attenborough.

Winners as they’re announced:

BEST FILM
THE HURT LOCKER (Summit Entertainment) — Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro THE HURT LOCKER (Summit Entertainment) — Kathryn Bigelow

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DIRECTOR

LEADING ACTOR
COLIN FIRTH A Single Man (The Weinstein Company)

LEADING ACTRESS
CAREY MULLIGAN An Education (Sony Pictures Classics)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTOPH WALTZInglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MO’NIQUE — Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (Lionsgate)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
THE HURT LOCKER (Summit Entertainment) — Mark Boal

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
UP IN THE AIR (Paramount) — Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
FISH TANK (IFC Films) — Kees Kasander, Nick Laws, Andrea Arnold

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
DUNCAN JONES Director — Moon

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
A PROPHET (Sony Pictures Classics) — Pascale Caucheteux, Marco Chergui, Alix Raynaud, Jacques Audiard

ANIMATED FILM
UP (Disney) — Pete Docter

MUSIC
UP (Disney) — Michael Giacchino

CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE HURT LOCKER (Summit Entertainment) — Barry Ackroyd

EDITING
THE HURT LOCKER (Summit Entertainment) Bob Murawski, Chris Innis

PRODUCTION DESIGN
AVATAR (20th Century Fox) — Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair

COSTUME DESIGN
THE YOUNG VICTORIA (Apparition) — Sandy Powell

SOUND
THE HURT LOCKER (Summit Entertainment) — Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson, Craig Stauffer

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
AVATAR (20th Century Fox) — Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones

MAKE UP & HAIR
THE YOUNG VICTORIA (Apparition) — Jenny Shircore

SHORT ANIMATION
MOTHER OF MANYSally Arthur, Emma Lazenby

SHORT FILM
I DO AIRJames Bolton, Martina Amati

THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
KRISTEN STEWART