The Wire star saw off Daniel Rigby and John Simm to land the Best Actor honour at the London ceremony after wowing judges with his turn as notorious British serial killer Fred West.
Watson, who played West's social care volunteer in the show, was named Best Actress, and was hailed by judges for her "subtle, nuanced and utterly compelling" performance. She beat This Is England star Vicky McClure and Ruth Negga, who played Shirley Bassey in the biopic of the superstar singer.
Sir David Attenborough's hit documentary series Frozen Planet lost out in the Science and Natural History category to Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret, while Luther, starring Idris Elba, was named best series.
The international award went to U.S. sitcom Modern Family, beating Australian series The Slap and Danish crime thriller The Killing.
The ceremony was hosted by Welsh funnyman Rob Brydon.
Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, is set to publish a memoir about the late singer, which will be called Amy, My Daughter. Mitch stated writing the "true story" about Amy's life will help him come to terms with her death. The book will cover different aspects of the singer's personal, private, and public lives. Publisher HarperCollins will release the book next summer and described the book as a "heartfelt and revelatory memoir." All proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was set up to help children and young adults facing difficulties like poor health, disabilities, and financial hardships. Mitch commented, "I believe that through Amy's music, her foundation, and this book, her name will live forever." - Mirror
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated $340,000 to a Somali relief aid, which provides health care for homeless children in the war-torn country. They are experiencing the worst famine in 60 years, and has killed 29,000 under the age of five. Jolie recently spoke about the impact the Somali refugees have had on her life at the U.N. Refugee Agency Awards in Switzerland, stating, "Most of all I'm so grateful -- I don't want to cry -- to the refugee families that I have the honor and privilege to spend the last years with. From them I've learned so much. I've learned to be a better person, a better mother. They've inspired me by showing me the unbreakable strength of the human spirit." - E!
Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was found dead in his Chicago hotel room on Saturday afternoon, according to the The Chicago Tribune. The musician -- who left the band in 2001 -- reportedly died of a drug overdose, but the cause of death hasn't been confirmed. The Chicago police stated the Raffaello Hotel staff found Welsh unresponsive on the floor after he failed to check out of the hotel on time and was pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m. He was only 40 years old. - US
Y2K looks to be a big year for Michael Douglas. Having just announced his engagement to Catherine Zeta-Jones (via the Internet, no less -- we hope someone e-mailed Catherine the good news), Douglas is poised to tie the knot with the beautiful Welsh star this year.
Also in 2000 - next month in fact -- Douglas will be seen in Paramount's "Wonder Boys," about a majorly blocked writer. While initial reports described Douglas' character as "overweight" and "pot-smoking," Those Who Have Read the script say the role has a lot more dignity than that.
And then there's the "baby." Douglas' production company Further Films has birthed its very first release, "One Night at McCool's," starring none other than Daddy. (Look for the bouncing black comedy in the fall.)
And parenting will be very much on Douglas' mind when he begins pre-production later this year on Further and New Line's "My Three Sons," based on the TV series. Douglas is set to star in the old Fred MacMurray role of widower Steve Douglas. (Sorry, no relation.)
DIGITAL DIVIDE: There was lots of talk last year about the imminence of digital delivery of movies in theaters. The speculation had it that traditional film projectors and the frequent need to "strike" 3000 or more prints of a single film for nationwide release would become passe perhaps as early as five years hence. Such predictions were the result of the successful testing last summer of two competing digital projectors that delivered George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" and Miramax's Rupert Everett starrer "An Ideal Husband" in several theaters in the New York and Los Angeles areas.
But according to a new study - the spanking new Schroders International Media and Entertainment Report 2000 — digital projectors won't play "a meaningful role until well into the next decade."
Weighing in with its dissenting opinion, the investment bank cites such factors as the existence of multiple standards among projector manufacturers, technical incompatibilities involving encryption, and the likely unwillingness of theater owners to shoulder the expense of re-outfitting their auditoriums with the $100,000 digital projectors.
SCOOP DU JOUR: Very big deal Aussie director Bruce Beresford, who surprised everyone - including himself - with the stunning success of his recent thriller "Double Jeopardy," starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, will next do "Bride of the Wind," a film about Alma Mahler, wife of romantic composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911).
Having produced a number of comedies early in his career, Beresford has already "stretched" between the somewhat silly and the soundly serious, although his long filmography, including films like "Tender Mercies" and "Driving Miss Daisy," definitely skews "serious."
So why this serious film about Alma and not her famous and tortured turn-of-the-century composer husband? Because throughout her life, Alma was also romantically linked to many other bold-faced creative types as she cavorted from colorful fin-de-siecle Vienna to high society New York to heyday Hollywood.
SCOOPETTE DU JOUR: A very big and gorgeous name in rock is about to get his own one-hour series - if the hunky star can be persuaded to shoot the 22 episodes in Vancouver instead of the more pricey Los Angeles. Or if the tight-fisted network can be persuaded to cough up the bucks for a Left Coast shoot.
FINALLY: A high-profile editor and her entertainment mogul patron are said to be on the outs because the free-spending former has asked the notoriously cheap latter for a lot more money to do her gig.