Avatar was kicked into touch by war drama "The Hurt Locker" at last night's British Academy Film Awards.
The depiction of a bomb-disposal squad in Iraq took six awards, including Best Picture and best director for Kathryn Bigelow. In an added twist, it was her ex-husband Avatar director James Cameron who she beat to the prize.
Both films had eight nominations for the British awards, considered an indicator of possible success at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles next month. "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" each has nine Oscar nominations.
"The Hurt Locker" also took British prizes for original screenplay cinematography, editing and sound.
See all of the pics from the red carpet here
Winners of British Academy Awards
- Film: "The Hurt Locker"
- British Film: "Fish Tank"
- Director : Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
- Actor: Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
- Actress: Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
- Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Iglourious Basterds"
- Supporting Actress: Mo'nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
- Rising Star: Kristen Stewart
- British Debut: Director Duncan Jones, "Moon"
- Original Screenplay: "The Hurt Locker"
- Adapted Screenplay: "Up in the Air"
- Film Not in the English Language: "A Prophet"
- Music: Michael Giacchino, "Up"
- Cinematography: "The Hurt Locker"
- Editing: "The Hurt Locker"
- Production Design: "Avatar"
- Costume Design: "The Young Victoria"
- Sound: "The Hurt Locker"
- Visual Effects: "Avatar"
- Makeup and Hair: "The Young Victoria"
- Animated Feature: "Up"
- Short Film: "I Do Air"
- Short Animation: "Mother of Many"
- Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Camera technician Joe Dunton
- Academy Fellowship: Vanessa Redgrave