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Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 20:12 GMT
Lord of the Rings sweeps Baftas
Kate Winslet congratulates Peter Jackson
Kate Winslet congratulates Peter Jackson
Epic fantasy film The Lord of the Rings has swept the Baftas, winning five awards, including best film and best director, for Peter Jackson.

Baz Lurhmann's spectacular Moulin Rouge won three awards, with Gosford Park, A Beautiful Mind and French film Amelie each winning two awards at the event on Sunday night.

Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly clutches her prize
Dame Judi Dench and Russell Crowe walked off with the best actress and actor awards for their performances in Iris and A Beautiful Mind respectively, at London's Leicester Square.

Crowe beat off competition from Sir Ian McKellen, Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson and Jim Broadbent to win the prize, while Dame Judi beat Moulin Rouge star Nicole Kidman, among others, to win her eighth Bafta award.

Collecting the award, Dame Judi said with clear emotion: "I had the most wonderful time doing it - contrary to what you may see on screen.

"I had five of the most intensive weeks on it, five of the most enjoyable weeks of my life and I thank you most sincerely for this."

Both Crowe and Dench are nominated for Oscars for the same roles.

Crowe said: "I love my job and I don't think I do it that well - but keep on disagreeing with me."

Audience award

British-made Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone was snubbed, winning nothing, despite landing eight nominations.

Among the stars to brave the rain in London were Nicole Kidman, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Keitel, Dustin Hoffmann, Colin Firth and Baz Luhrmann.

Robert Altman
Robert Altman: "The greatest thing"
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring also picked up the Orange audience award, the only gong voted for by the public.

Its other two awards were in the technical categories, winning best visual effects and best make up and hair.

The film can now confidently look forward to the Oscars in March, where it will be hoping to win a clutch of prizes from its 13 nominations.

Jackson said: "I wanted to make films ever since I was 10 years old and I used to watch the Baftas on TV, but I never thought I'd get one."

He dedicated the Orange audience prize to all those who had worked on the film.

"I am here to accept it on behalf of everybody who worked their guts out on it for 15 months," he said.

Moulin Rouge's other two awards were for best music and sound.

'Raider'

Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman and starring the cream of British talent, won the Alexander Korda award for best British film, beating Iris, among others, to the prize.


I certainly didn't expect this - I'm flabbergasted

Jennifer Connelly

It also won for best costume design.

Director Robert Altman said he was delighted to pick up the best British film prize.

He told guests: "It is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me in film but I feel like a raider in the night. We came over and sneaked into the film industry here. Now to be honoured by it feels pretty good."

British actor Jim Broadbent won the best supporting actor's prize, making up for his loss in the leading actor category.

He gave special praise to director Baz Luhrmann: "Above all because he's a complete visionary genius without whom I'd have had a very dull two years and the whole world would have been a dull place without his Moulin Rouge."

'Extraordinary'

A Beautiful Mind star Jennifer Connelly won the best supporting actress prize for her role, which has also been recognised by the Oscars academy.

Broadbent thanks Baz Luhrmann
She told the audience: "I certainly didn't expect this - I'm flabbergasted. These women in this category are truly extraordinary."

Film partnership Ismail Merchant, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory were honoured with a special Bafta fellowship, while American actor and director Warren Beatty was also awarded a fellowship, receiving a standing ovation.

"So much about what I learned about making movies I learned here, from you," he said.

French film Amelie failed to win for best foreign film but but was compensated with wins for best original screenplay and best production design.

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 VOTE RESULTS
Was Harry Potter snubbed by Bafta?

Yes
 42.35% 

No
 57.65% 

11041 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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