Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Great Night for Britain at Globes Ceremony Hit by Strike; Absent Friends: Dayna Devon Announces Best Film, Left. Best Actor Went to Daniel Day-Lewis, Right British Success: Keira Knightley in Best Film Atonement and Best Actress Julie Christie, above. Union Members Supporting the Strike Picket outside the Beverly Hills Hilton Ceremony

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Great Night for Britain at Globes Ceremony Hit by Strike; Absent Friends: Dayna Devon Announces Best Film, Left. Best Actor Went to Daniel Day-Lewis, Right British Success: Keira Knightley in Best Film Atonement and Best Actress Julie Christie, above. Union Members Supporting the Strike Picket outside the Beverly Hills Hilton Ceremony

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Byline: LOUISE JURY, AMAR SINGH

EDITORIAL COMMENT: PAGE 1WAR-TIME drama Atonement led a night of Britishtriumphs at the Golden Globes without a ceremony to celebrate.

The adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoytook best film prize and best original score. Daniel Day-Lewis was named bestactor for his intense performance as an oil prospector in There Will Be Bloodand Julie Christie won best actress as an Alzheimer's sufferer in Away FromHer.

Tim Burton's version of Sweeney Todd, the story of the demon barber filmed atPinewood, took two awards including best actor in a musical for Johnny Depp.

But with actors supporting striking screenwriters, the ceremony was reduced toa modest 30-minute press conference at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

Caterers, jewellers and fashion designers were estimated to have lost about [pounds sterling]50million.

The British winners are still frontrunners for next month's Oscars, which mayalso be hit by the strike.

The Atonement teamwho received more Globe nominations than any previous British film with sevencelebrated their victories swimming and re-enacting scenes from the film at theChateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood.

Tim Bevan, of Working Title, the producers, said Atonement's triumph would giveit a big boost at the US box office. "A win is a win," he said. Asked whetherhe was disappointed for the stars, he said: "The thing about a best picture winis it's all-encompassing. It was a group effort led by a brilliant new director[Joe Wright]. It was actually quite nice to win without having to sit throughthe ceremony." Julie Christie, 66, was first nominated for a Globe 42 years agobut this was her first win. It was also Day-Lewis's first Golden Globe afterfour previous nominations.

Both stars are now hotly tipped to win their second Oscars. …

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