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News: BAFTAs 2006

'British Oscars' honour
Brokeback Mountain

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain

Brit stars sidelined by Ang Lee's unstoppable epic

Brokeback Mountain made the biggest splash at this year’s British Academy of Film And Television Arts awards ceremony held in London’s Leicester Square on February 19, taking four of the most coveted prizes. Director Ang Lee’s tale of forbidden love took Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and awards for Jake Gyllenhaal’s supporting role and Lee’s direction. Although the film looked set to completely sweep the board, Brokeback star Heath Ledger lost out to Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the Best Actor In A Leading Role category, Hoffman taking the award for his performance in Capote.

Although Brokeback Mountain was hotly tipped to do well, it was thought to be facing strong competition from The Constant Gardener. Director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) film was nominated in several categories but ended up taking only the editing award. Rachel Weisz was a front runner for the Best Actress in Leading Role award for her part in the film, but the statue went to Reese Witherspoon for her role in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. It wasn’t all bad news for the British though as Thandie Newton won Best Actress In A Supporting Role for her performance in racism drama Crash.

Highlights of the ceremony included aging actor Peter Sallis joining Aardman Animation mastermind Nick Park on stage to take the Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year for Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Lord David Puttnam also caused a stir with a rousing speech championing the selection of intelligent films at this year’s ceremony. Puttnam was on stage to accept the Academy Fellowship award, the highest honour the Academy can bestow for services to the film industry.

The awards in full:

Academy Fellowship - David Puttnam

Best Film - Brokeback Mountain

The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year - Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Best Actor In A Leading Role - Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)

Best Actress In A Leading Role - Reese Witherspoon in (Walk the Line)

Best Actor In A Supporting Role - Jake Gyllenhaal in (Brokeback Mountain)

Best Actress In A Supporting Role - Thandie Newton (Crash)

Best Original Screenplay - Crash

Best Adapted Screenplay - Brokeback Mountain

The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction - Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)

The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film - Director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice)

Best Film Not In the English Language - De Battre Mon Coeur s'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)

The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music - John Williams (Memoirs of a Geisha)

The Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema - Robert (Chuck) Finch and Bill Merrell

Cinematography - Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha)

Editing - Claire Simpson (The Constant Gardener)

Production Design - Stuart Craig (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Costume Design - Colleen Atwood (Memoirs of a Geisha)

Sound - Paul Massey, D M Hemphill, Peter F Kurland, Donald Sylvester (Walk the Line)

Achievement in Special Visual Effects - Joe Letteri, Christian Rivers, Brian Van't Hul, Richard Taylor (King Kong)

Make Up and Hair - Howard Berger, Gregory Nicotero, Nikki Gooley (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe)

Short Animation Film - Jarek Sawko, Piotr Sikora, Tomek Baginski (Fallen Art)

Short Film - Howard Stogdon, Amber Templemore-Finlayson, Daniel Mulloy (Antonio's Breakfast)

by Chris Prince

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