France's 'A Prophet' wins best foreign film at BAFTA awards

Jacques Audiard's movie "A Prophet" won the best foreign language film prize at Britain's BAFTA awards on Sunday. Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" won the coveted best film award.


Kathryn Bigelow scooped the best film BAFTA for her Iraq war movie "The Hurt Locker" on Sunday, beating ex-husband James Cameron's blockbuster "Avatar" to the prestigious prize.

French director Jacques Audiard's prison thriller "A Prophet" won the best foreign film prize, ahead of Pedro Almodóvar's "Broken Embraces" and Anne Fontaine's "Coco before Chanel".

Bigelow won a string of gongs, and was the first woman to be awarded best director, in a night of triumph for her movie which portrays elite soldiers tasked with defusing bombs in the heat of combat.

Collecting her best film award from Dustin Hoffman, the director said it was "beyond our wildest imagination."

"This is so unbelievable, we're just so deeply honoured and humbled," she told the London ceremony.

"The Hurt Locker" beat off a tough challenge from Cameron's 3D computer-animated blockbuster - the world's biggest-grossing movie ever - to take the best film prize. Both films had been nominated for eight awards each.

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