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Monday, March 22, 1999 Published at 07:05 GMT

The Brits triumph in Hollywood

The British film industry may be the poor relation of Hollywood in terms of money but this year's Academy Awards have proven it is not short on talent. British actors and artists have won impressive range of Oscars - including best picture for Shakespeare in Love.

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Brit film pips Ryan to Oscars glory
Shakespeare in Love took seven Oscars at the Academy Awards along with best actress, best screenplay, best supporting actress, costume, score and art direction. World War II epic Saving Private Ryan came second in the award tally with five statuettes.
Full list of winners

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John Madden: Battling with Shakespeare
British director John Madden is celebrating Shakespeare in Love winning the award for best picture. Before the awards he told the BBC about the film he thought of as his "dream project".
For other Oscars news: click here

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Brenda Blethyn: Taking it with a pinch of salt
Britain's own Brenda Blethyn was nominated Best Supporting Actress for her role as the foul-mouthed floozy Mari in the film Little Voice. Before the awards she talked to BBC News Online about her chances this year.
Film review: Gods and Monsters

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The animator's tale
Britain lost out in the Award for Best Animated Short Film this year. Nominated for his animated version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - writer-director Jonathan Myerson talked to BBC News Online about his work.

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Those who decide Britain's Oscar fortunes
BBC News Online's Entertainment Correspondent Tom Brook talked to two members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and asked them why British film talent does so well in Hollywood.

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British dreams of Hollywood stardom
A year ago, UK Culture Minister Chris Smith announced plans to help the UK become a major player on the Hollywood stage. But so far, their success has been limited.
E-cyclopedia: What makes a film British?

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