12:13 14 March 2013
An outstanding achievement award was given to Julie Walters to recognize her wonderful career spanning almost four decades. The 63-year-old actor starred in numerous films, which include Mamma Mia! and Shirley Valentine. She also appeared on TV comedies such as Dinnerladies.
Walter who gave a moving portrayal of the late Mo Mowlam, was presented with her award by her comedy partner, Victoria Wood.
Meanwhile, the best film award was given to Skyfall, the most successful movie in the British box office.
Other winners include Tom Hiddleston (breakthrough award), Parade's End (TV Drama), Twenty Twelve (Comedy), Thomas Heatherwick, London 2012 Olympic Cauldron (Visual Art), Jessie Ware (Pop Music), Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel (Literature), A Streetcar Named Desire, Scottish Ballet (Dance), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Julian Anderson, Ryan Wigglesworth – The Discovery of Heaven, Royal Festival Hall (Classical), and Ghost Patrol, Scottish Opera and Music Threatre Wales (Opera).
The event, which is being screened by Sky Arts is hosted by Melvyn Bragg who said that 2012 was a great year for United Kingdom. He said: "2012 was a truly extraordinary year for this country, not only in sporting endeavours but across the arts.”
"This list of most deserving winners is testament to the richness of artistic talent we have at work today and I am delighted that we able to celebrate and honour them as they deserve."
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