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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