Cowell Is Double Winner At BAFTAs

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June 6, 2010 | 8:30pm EST

Simon Cowell is celebrating after taking home two prizes at the British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards in London on Sunday.
The former American Idol judge received a standing ovation as he accepted the Special Award for his contributions to broadcasting at the star-studded ceremony.
He told the crowd, “This is a genuine honour; I wasn’t expecting it. I’ve had a blast; I’ve been able to do things I never thought I’d be able to do but I’ve done it because I genuinely have the most talented group of people working with me on the shows. It’s an army of people (and) this award genuinely is more deserving to them than it is to me so I’m going to share it around.
“To put this in perspective on a personal level, one of my happiest memories as a kid was when my dad came home with a colour TV set. (I was) about five years old and all my friends came back from school and we just watched the one programme that was in colour.
“It was one of the best moments of my life so for me to be standing here tonight getting an award for making TV shows, it’s the happiest feeling in the world and I’m genuinely grateful.”
Cowell graced the stage once again later in the evening as his hit reality TV contest Britain’s Got Talent scooped the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Programme.
Kenneth Branagh won the Best Leading Actor trophy for his role in Wallander, beating fellow Harry Potter star John Hurt, who was nominated for his part in An Englishman in New York.
Harry Potter’s Julie Walters was also triumphant as she picked up the Best Leading Actress statue for her turn as British Labour Party politician Mo Mowlam in Mo, while Mad Men was named the Best International programme.

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