Most stars stayed away from the entire night, opting to watch the live press conference announcing this year's winners from hotel rooms, resturants and homes around the country - while some declined to acknowledge the night all together.
Julian Schnable, winner of Best Director for his french language film, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, found out he had won while waiting for his suitcases at the baggage carousel at New York's JFK Airport. While James McAvoy, (nominated for Best Actor in a drama for Atonement but not a winner) his wife Anne Marie Duff and Anna Friel, who currently stars in the Golden Globe nominated US Drama Pushing Daisies shunned the Globes for a BAFTA tea party held at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Winner's last night included Marion Cotillard (pictured) for her performance in the musical film La Vie En Rose - about the life of Edith Piaff; Cate Blanchett for her role in the Bob Dylan biopic, I'm Not There (in which she played Bob!) and veteran French actress Julie Christie for her role in the drama Away from Her. British film Atonement scooped best drama picture, but stars Keira Knightly and James McEvoy were denied their awards. (Daniel Day Lewis beat James to it for his role in There Will be Blood, while Johnny Depp won best actor in a musical or comedy for his role in Sweeny Todd.) And British actress and new mum Samantha Morton won a Globe for best supporting actress in a mini series or made for TV drama for her role in Longford.
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By Laurelle Gilbert
Posted: 14 January 2008