Charlotte Rampling claims film accolade at South Bank Sky Arts Awards


Charlotte Rampling danced with joy with Jeremy Irons as 45 Years won the film award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the relationship drama opposite Sir Tom Courtenay, apologised to Jeremy, who had joked that he would have been available to play the role of her husband as he presented her with the first trophy of the ceremony.

She called the journey of the film "absolutely exceptional" saying it had been two years in the making and thanked Sir Tom and director Andrew Haigh.

"We shot it as if we were living and breathing this film," she said, crediting that with its success.

Hangmen, a play by Martin McDonagh about the "second best hangman in England" and which starred Reece Shearsmith, won the theatre award.

Banksy's Dismaland lost in the visual arts category to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's Verses After Dark, which explores imaginary figures and the mechanics of painting.

It follows the British artist being shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013.

Grime artist Stormzy sheepishly apologised for standing up to accept his award before his name had even been called out.

W1A actress Jessica Hynes had teased the winner of The Times Breakthrough Award, explaining he was the first unsigned artist to appear on Later ... With Jools Holland and that he loved his mum, which caused Stormzy to stand up in anticipation.

To laughter from the audience, he said: "I'm mad shy, man, did I stand up too soon? So sorry."

On stage, he continued: "I came here with my brother Flips and we were gonna come in tracksuits and I'm so glad we didn't.

"I didn't really understand how prestigious this award was. I'm a bit silly like that.

"This means so much to me to be alongside all these amazing people. I don't know how I pulled it off, to be honest."

He beat stars including Chewing Gum actress Michaela Coel, comedian Romesh Ranganathan, model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn and Kinky Boots musical star Matt Henry.

The Northern Ballet's adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 won best dance against Paradise Lost by Lost Dog and The Royal Ballet's Woolf Works, which they described as like "facing Usain Bolt in the 100m".

Choreographer Jonathan Watkins joked: "This more than makes up for the D in expressive arts I got for GCSE. This absolutely shows if you're passionate about something just go for it."

The literature prize was awarded to Sunjeev Sahota for The Year of the Runaways, about the experience of three migrant workers in Sheffield, and which was also shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker prize.

Those in attendance were treated to the world premiere of music from comedian Tim Minchin's new musical Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 Bill Murray film about a man who lives the same day over and over again.

A month before it opens at The Old Vic theatre in London, Minchin and his live band debuted the show's finale song to rapturous applause.