Film shot in Portsmouth wins Bafta gongs

WINNERS Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les Miserables.
WINNERS Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les Miserables.
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A HOLLYWOOD blockbuster shot in Portsmouth has picked up four gongs at the British Academy Film Awards.

Les Miserables was a multiple award-winner at the glitzy Bafta’s ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

Scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster were filmed in the historic dockyard.

George Clooney presented the award for Supporting Actress to Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway.

The actress thanked the ‘golden-hearted group’ who made the film and wished her co-star Redmayne well, saying: ‘Feel better. I mean I’d be holding your hair back, but, you know...’

She also thanked Victor Hugo – the writer of the original novel which inspired the musical - saying: ‘Without whom, none of us would be here.’

The award for Production Design went to Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson for their work on the musical.

The film also picked up awards for sound and hair and make-up.

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood braved the wind, rain and sleet to meet fans on the red carpet.

Stars included Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Eddie Redmayne, who stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Also on the red carpet were Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney and Dame Helen Mirren – the latter sporting dyed pink hair.

Les Miserables opens with the stunning sight of rain-lashed convicts, including Hugh Jackman’s character Jean Valjean, pulling ropes under the watchful eye of Russell Crowe’s policeman Javert.

The scene was filmed in a dry dock at the historic dockyard and features a host of extras drawn from the area.