AceShowbiz - Renee Zellweger's awards season run is off to a great start after winning the Best Actress prize at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) on Sunday, December 1.
The star claimed the honour for her lead role in Judy Garland biopic "Judy", but she was not present at the show, and the trophy was accepted on her behalf by the film's producer, David Livingstone.
Backstage at the London event, David told WENN that Renee had skipped the ceremony to look after her sick dog Chester back home in Los Angeles.
It was also a good night for Syrian civil war film "For Sama", which was named Best British Independent Film and Best Documentary, and earned Best Director for Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts.
"The Personal History of David Copperfield" was the night's top winner, earning five awards in total, including Best Screenplay for Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, and Best Supporting Actor for Hugh Laurie.
Meanwhile, Kristin Scott Thomas was presented with the 2019 Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film.
The full list of winners is: