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By Channel 4 News

Updated on 22 February 2010

Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker was the big winner at last night's Baftas, while Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan triumphed in what looks to be a good omen for Britain's prospects at next month's Oscars.

Director Kathryn Bigelow and producer Greg Shapiro with their awards for Best Film for 'The Hurt Locker' during the Baftas 2010. (Credit: Getty)

US director Kathryn Bigelow said it was "beyond our wildest imagination" as she became the first woman to win the best director category and dedicated the award "to never abandoning the need to find a resolution for peace".

The Hurt Locker won six awards in total, including best original screenplay, cinematography, editing and sound.

Sci-fi hit Avatar, directed by Bigelow's former husband James Cameron, failed to match its record-breaking box-office success with awards.

British actors Carey Mulligan and Colin Firth will be hoping their leading actor prizes will be repeated at the Academy Awards in next month.

Firth, 49, won his first Bafta for his role as a gay academic in fashion designer Tom Ford's debut film A Single Man.

Twenty-four-year-old Mulligan was named best actress for her leading role in An Education despite being almost unknown a year ago and having been rejected by three drama schools.

Shaking with emotion, Mulligan said: "I really didn't expect this at all so I didn't think of anything to say.

"Thank you so much Bafta. I was here a year ago and I didn't imagine in a million years that this would happen."

One of the most emotional moments in the evening came when veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave received the Bafta Fellowship from Prince William, who has become President of Bafta after taking over from Lord Attenborough.

David Bowie's son Duncan Jones won the debut director category for low-budget film Moon.

Jones welled up with emotion and said: "It's taken me an awful long time to know what I wanted to do with my life. Finally, I think I've found what I love doing."

Film critic Mark Kermode has warned against British over-confidence ahead of the Oscars - which take place on 7 March.

He told Channel 4 News: "As far as America is concerned, when you get to the Oscars it's going to be Jeff Bridges because it's kind of his year.

"I think Carey Mulligan has got a fight on her hands when it comes to the Oscars, because Sandra Bullock is very much tipped to win.

"So, a very good night at the Baftas, whether that's reproduced in America we'll wait and see."

Here is a full list of the winners of the Orange British Academy Film Awards:
Best Film - The Hurt Locker
Leading Actor - Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Leading Actress - Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique (Precious)
Outstanding British Film - Fish Tank
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer - Duncan Jones (director - Moon)
Director - Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Original Screenplay - The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)
Adapted Screenplay - Up In The Air (Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner)
Film not in the English language - A Prophet
Animated Film - Up
Music - Up (Michael Giacchino)
Cinematography - The Hurt Locker
Editing - The Hurt Locker
Production design - Avatar
Costume Design - The Young Victoria
Sound - The Hurt Locker
Special visual effects - Avatar
Make-up & hair - The Young Victoria
Short animation - Mother of Many
Short film - I Do Air
The Orange Rising Star Award - Kristen Stewart

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