“Rango,” “Morning Stroll” winners of BAFTA Awards

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Gore Verbinski’s “Rango” was named Best Animated Film at the Orange British Academy Film Awards, held Sunday at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

The British Academy Film Awards are also known as the BAFTAs.

Rango defeated Arthur Christmas and the motion-capture The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn in the category. Tintin also lost in the Special Visual Effects competition to the live-action Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.

Winning in the Short Animation category was A Morning Stroll, which vanquished challengers Abuelas and Bobby Yeah.

Loosely inspired by a real-life event recounted in Paul Auster’s brilliant book True Tales of American Life, Grant Orchard’s A Morning Stroll tells the story of one New Yorker’s early-morning encounter with a chicken, an event that plays out over 100 years.

The silent, black-and-white The Artist, directed by Thomas Langmann, led the ceremony by winning seven BAFTAs, including Best Film. It also won for Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Original Screenplay (Hazanavicius again), Leading Actor (Jean Dujardin), Original Music (Ludovic Bource), Cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman) and Costume Design (Mark Bridges)

Stephen Fry hosted the BAFTAs ceremony. Red carpet coverage was hosted by Edith Bowman.

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