Award season is here and RadarOnline.com is keeping tabs on all of the events, such as Sunday’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, where Mo’Nique took home the Best Supporting Actress for her dramatic turn in the critically-acclaimed film Precious, making her the odds-on favorite to pick up the same honor at next month’s Oscars.
Mo’Nique’s BAFTA honors mark her 23rd major award season win for her performance in the Lee Daniels-directed film, also having collected a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild award and Sundance Special Jury Prize. She was not at the award show to accept, as Daniels collected the award on her behalf.
The BAFTA win puts Mo’Nique as a heavy favorite to win the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award over fellow Oscar sleeper Anna Kendrick, whose breakout performance in Up in the Air has garnered her only four awards in comparison. Penélope Cruz (Nine), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart) and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) are also nominated in the category.
Other notable winners from Sunday’s affair include Colin Firth, who took home Leading Actor honors for his role in A Single Man; and Carey Mulligan, who won the Leading Actress award for An Education.
Kathryn Bigelow’s war film The Hurt Locker garnered her six awards — including Best Film and Best Director — while her ex-husband James Cameron’s box office behemoth Avatar won just two awards on its’ eight nominations. Bigelow is the first woman to win a BAFTA as Best Director.
The Academy Awards will air on ABC March 7 from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.