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Monday, 25 February, 2002, 00:35 GMT
Bafta winners look to the Oscars
Peter Jackson
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By BBC News Online's Alex Webb

Now that the film Baftas come between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, many movie scene analysts watch the awards more keenly for indications of how the Oscars might go.

And if 2002's Baftas are anything to go by, Lord Of The Rings is set to dominate the Academy Awards in March.

It was a great experience to make an English film

Robert Altman
Peter Jackson's epic walked away with five Baftas, including the Orange Film Of The Year - the one award voted for by the public.

The film spent a month at the top of the US box office charts and has been a huge hit around the globe, though it missed out on any awards at the Golden Globes in December 2001.

By contrast, Iris - which has been heaped with critical acclaim - only picked up a single Bafta, for Dame Judi Dench's title role.

Dame Judi won Iris's only Bafta
Moulin Rouge continued its run of award successes, with three awards, building on two Golden Globes.

And many of those accepting awards on Sunday night paid tribute to the original vision of the Australian director Baz Luhrmann.

Robert Altman's Gosford Park, which has a cast-list packed with British talent, was rewarded with two Baftas, including the Alexander Korda award for Outstanding British Film.

"It was a great experience to make an English film," said the film's director Robert Altman, and it certainly paid off.


The idea of a US director showing the British how to make a country-house whodunit might just appeal to the Academy Award judges.

Robert Altman
Altman: Pulling off a country house drama
A Beautiful Mind's two awards must keep it in the frame for the Oscars, especially as its stars, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, both picked up similar honours at the Globes.

The French hit Amelie was also honoured twice, for screenplay and production design - but missed out on the best foreign language film award in a year when there were many strong contenders for the title.

The movie's writers were clearly surprised that the film had done so well in the UK - but guessing its chances at the Oscars is another matter.

The film that came away with nothing at the Baftas, however, was Harry Potter: The Philosopher's Stone - despite five nominations.

The JK Rowling epic may just have to be content with being the second most successful film in history after Titanic.

It was recently reported that the Harry Potter film had earned 650m worldwide since it release in November 2001.

Bafta Chief Executive, Amanda Berry
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