Bond Star Daniel Craig Named Best Actor

The Associated Press
Sunday, February 4, 2007; 5:02 PM

LONDON -- Daniel Craig was honored but Helen Mirren was denied Sunday at the 34th annual Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Craig was named best actor for "Casino Royale," his debut outing as James Bond. Craig, who has won both critical praise and box office favor as the first blond Bond, is also up for the best-actor prize at next week's British Academy Film Awards.


Daniel Craig holds his best actor award for his performance in Casino Royale, his debut outing as super-spy James Bond, at the Evening Standard British Film Award's in London, Sunday Feb 4, 2007.  Craig will be hoping to follow it up next week with a Bafta, where he is up against the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Peter O'Toole. The best-film prize went to
Daniel Craig holds his best actor award for his performance in Casino Royale, his debut outing as super-spy James Bond, at the Evening Standard British Film Award's in London, Sunday Feb 4, 2007. Craig will be hoping to follow it up next week with a Bafta, where he is up against the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Peter O'Toole. The best-film prize went to "United 93," Paul Greengrass' harrowing dramatization of the final flight of one of the planes hijacked in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Ian West, PA) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE (Ian West - AP)

Mirren, who is an Academy Awards favorite for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen," lost the best actress prize to Judi Dench, awarded for her portrayal of a predatory schoolteacher in "Notes on a Scandal."

The best-film prize went to "United 93," Paul Greengrass' harrowing dramatization of the final flight of one of the planes hijacked in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Peter Morgan won the screenplay award for two scripts _ "The Queen" and "The Last King of Scotland."

Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of the gauche Kazakh journalist Borat, won the Peter Sellers Award for comedy.

Stephen Frears, director of "The Queen," received a special award for "for making British film reverberate around the world." The veteran director's socially conscious films include "My Beautiful Laundrette," "Dangerous Liaisons" and "Dirty Pretty Things."

The Evening Standard awards are sponsored by London's afternoon newspaper and selected by a jury of film critics.


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