"In Bruges" is proving to be a real critical darling this award season. The little-seen film, written by Martin McDonagh (the English son of Irish parents) and starring Irish actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, picked up another major honor on Sunday night in London, winning the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay for McDonagh. The latest trophy for the comedy/crime caper released early last year comes on the heels of Farrell's Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical win at the Golden Globes last month. "In Bruges" could well have competed for Oscars, it seems, had it had a release date later in 2008. Gleeson, who was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his role in the film, was in London to accept for McDonagh, who's on location filming another project. "Martin can't be here tonight, obviously. He just asked me to thank everybody involved in making the movie, particularly Colin (Farrell), Ralph (Fiennes) and my good self, as well he might," he joked. "He also asked me to thank and apologize to the people of Bruges, which he says, if you pardon my Flemish, 'Isn't really a s***hole,'" Gleeson added to rounds of laughter. It was a good night for the Irish at the BAFTAs. The film "Hunger," about the Irish hunger strikes in the North, won the Carl Foreman award for its British director Steve McQueen. The honor is given for outstanding achievement by a British writer, director or producer for a first feature film.
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