Date: 7th February 2012

Fassbender wins best actor at Standard film awards.

Michael Fassbender has won the best actor prize at the Evening Standard British Film Awards for his roles in sex addiction drama Shame (2011) and Jane Eyre.

His win comes less than a week before the Baftas, where Fassbender is up for best actor.

Olivia Colman won the best actress prize for her performance in brutal drama Tyrannosaur (2011).

Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) won best film.

John Hurt picked up the Alexander Walker special award for his contribution to cinema.

The veteran actor is due to collect the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the Baftas on Sunday.

Monday's ceremony, at the London Film Museum, was delayed after a fire alarm during the champagne reception meant that all the guests - including Tom Hiddleston, Birdsong's Clemence Poesy and Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown-Findlay - were evacuated outside.

Fassbender's best actor win was for both his portrayal of a sex addict in Shame and his brooding Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre.

Colman beat three Oscar winners - Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Weisz and Tilda Swinton - to take the best actress prize for her role as a Christian charity shop worker in Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur.

Source: Press Release