James Bond movie Skyfall, Benedict Cumberbatch drama Parade’s End and BBC2 Olympics comedy Twenty Twelve were among the big winners at the 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, which were announced at a London ceremony today.
Skyfall took the film award ahead of Berberian Sound Studio and documentary feature The Imposter, while Parade’s End beat off fellow BBC2 series The Hollow Crown and Line of Duty to win the TV drama prize.
Twenty Twelve, John Morton’s Olympics-themed comedy starring Hugh Bonneville and Olivia Colman, was named best comedy, at the expense of British Comedy Award winner Hunderby and the Alan Partridge special Welcome to the Places of My Life, both of which aired on Sky Arts’s sister channel Sky Atlantic.
The bash, which took place today at London’s Dorchester hotel, was hosted by Melvyn Bragg and organised by Sky Arts, which began showing Bragg’s arts strand The South Bank Show last year after it was dropped by ITV.
Other winners at the ceremony included Julie Walters, who was handed an outstanding achievement awards by her friend and long-term collaborator Victoria Wood; and Avengers star Tom Hiddleston, who won the breakthrough award.
Perhaps inevitably following her recent drubbing in the tabloids, Hilary Mantel took home the literary prize. As she did when winning last year’s Booker prize, the Bring Up the Bodies author defeated fellow nominee Will Self, as well as Kerry Hudson, author of Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma.