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Passion wins Emma media awards
The Passion of the Christ
Mel Gibson's epic was honoured at the ceremony
Biblical epic The Passion of the Christ has been honoured at the at the 2004 Ethnic Multicultural Awards.

Mel Gibson's movie was named best film at the media awards - known as the Emmas - on Monday evening.

Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern won the award for best film actress for her portrayal of Mary, mother of Jesus

Other Emma winners included the former BBC director general Greg Dyke who was named media personality for the year, and ER actress Parminder Nagra.

Tom Cruise took the award for best film actor for his role in The Last Samurai, while the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee was named recipient of the honorary lifetime achievement award.

Greg Dyke
Greg Dyke left the BBC in January

His daughter, Shannon Lee, accepted the award on her father's behalf at London's Grosvenor House Hotel ceremony, which was hosted by journalist Rageh Omaar.

The best television actor award went to Art Malik for his role as consultant anaesthetist Zubin Khan in the BBC's hospital drama Holby City.

Nagra won the best actress award for her part in the two part drama series Second Generation, which was shown on Channel 4.

The Black Eyed Peas took top honours in the best international music category while former Fame Academy student Lemar took the award for best British music act.

Parminder Nagra
Parminder Nagra is now starring in ER
School drama Teachers was selected as the best entertainment programme.

Jocelyn and Sophie Hurndall, the mother and sister of peace activist Tom Hurndall, who died after being shot in the Gaza Strip in 2003, were named public figures of the year.

Founder of the Emmas, Bobby Syed, said: "Emma has in the past seven years successfully celebrated humanities cultural and creative existence, sadly some of us have missed the point, hence the conflict today."

The NatWest Emma Awards will be shown on BBC Two at 2315 BST on Sunday 30 May.

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