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Anne-Marie Duff Credits James McAvoy at British Film Awards

February 9, 2010 (9:05 am) GMT
Winning Best Actress at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, the actress has paid tribute to his husband James McAvoy during her acceptance speech.
James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff

Mum-to-be paid special tribute to her actor husband as she accepted an acting prize at the Evening Standard British Film Awards on Monday, February 8. The actress received the Best Actress honor for her turn as 's mother in "" and she used her acceptance speech to thank McAvoy, who was in the audience.

She cooed, "I'd really like to be Mrs. McAvoy for a minute and say thank you for seriously having to live with a flame-haired broken-hearted banjo player for quite some time." It's going to be an exciting year for the happy couple - the McAvoys are expecting their first child together.

Also among the winners at the London Film Museum event, "" claimed the night's Best Film prize and "Lord of The Rings" star was named Best Actor for his portrayal of disabled punk icon Ian Dury in "".

Serkis dedicated the award to the late Blockheads rocker, "Ian, wherever you are, this is for you." star Terry Gilliam was also on hand to present with the Peter Sellers Award for "", while veteran director Nicolas Roeg won a special award for his contribution to film.

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