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‘Lord of the Rings’ Triumphs in UK Film Awards
LONDON (Reuters) – In what could be a trial run for the Oscars, the last “Lord of the Rings” was declared Best Film on Sunday night at the BAFTAS, the British film industry’s big night of the year.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” landed four BAFTAS at the glittering London awards ceremony, which augurs well for its chances of landing Hollywood’s ultimate accolade.
But Peter Jackson, the New Zealand director of the fantasy trilogy about Middle Earth that became a worldwide blockbuster, had to share the BAFTA limelight with the seafaring epic “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” starring Russell Crowe, which also landed four BAFTAS.
Jackson, heading a 60-strong delegation of stars and crew to the London ceremony, captured the most coveted prize of the night but was beaten to the BAFTA Best Director gong by “Master and Commander” director Peter Weir.
Jackson, who brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece to life, told the audience after receiving the Best Film award: “Wow! This is so fantastic.
“We were a bunch of Kiwis and some Aussies down in New Zealand making this film with American money. But we were always very much aware that we were looking after one of Britain’s most loved books.”
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson scooped the top acting honors of the night for their critically acclaimed roles together in “Lost in Translation.” They beat off tough competition ranging from Sean Penn and Johnny Depp to Uma Thurman and Naomi Watts.
But Johansson, the new teenage darling of Hollywood, certainly was in a strong position. She received two nominations for the Best Actress Award — in “Girl with a Pearl Earring” as well as “Lost in Translation.”
Gasping with astonishment up on stage, she said “Oh my god. This was really unexpected.”
The British film industry still had plenty to celebrate when the winner was announced for Best Supporting Actor. That went to Bill Nighy for his riotously over-the-top portrayal of an aging rock star in the hit feel-good comedy “Love Actually.”
“Thank you,” he said. “You have made an old rocker very happy. I can’t wait to tell the band.”
The American civil war drama “Cold Mountain” led the BAFTA field with 13 nominations, widely seen as a valuable pointer to the Oscars.
But on the big night, the only major award for the film was landed by Renee Zellweger, who won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role as a tough-minded mountain girl.
She had already won a Golden Globe award for the part and now looks a hot favorite to land the big one on Hollywood’s Oscar night on February 29.
Anthony Minghella, the English director of “Cold Mountain,” said it was “just a great night for the movies that have been nominated.”
The BAFTAS used to be announced only after the Hollywood Oscars, which meant that the British awards ended up a damp squib after the main event.
Now they come before the Oscars, the BAFTA awards have been given a major fillip, because Hollywood studios are eager to send their big guns over to London for publicity in the run-up to Hollywood’s big night.