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Saturday, February 12, 2005

BRITISH AWARDS BEST AVIATOR AND MIKE LEIGH

British top awards went out this evening in London to a full deck of American and Brit films with no single film sweeping up the categories. Martin Scorsese's bio pic on the life of Howard Hughs took four awards and was pegged best picture, while Brit favorite Mike Leigh picked up three including best director for Leigh and Imelda Staunton for best actress.

In the acting categories Jamie Foxx, front-runner for an Oscar, won for his depiction of the late Ray Charles with Kate Blanchette ("Aviator") and Clive Owen ("Closer") taking supporting acting awards. Screenwriting awards went to Charlie Kaufman's original screenplay for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and best adapted screenplay going to Alexnader Payne and Jim Taylor for "Sideways."

Amma Asante, as writer/director, took home the Carl Foreman Award for the best first feature "A Way of Life" a category long overlooked in annual American awards ceremonies. Set in South Wales, Asante's passionate film about racism in a multi-ethic community stars Academy Award nominee Brenda Blethyn ("Secret's & Lies" and "A River Runs Through It") but otherwise features a number of non-professional ordinary Welsh teenagers who had never acted before performing the supporting roles.

Brit filmmaker Paul Pavlikovsky ("Last Resort") took the prize for best British film for his romantic drama and coming of age story "My Summer of Love" starring Nathalie Press and Emily Blunt set in the Yorkshire countryside.

BEST FILM
"The Aviator," Michael Mann, Sandy Climan, Graham King, Charles Evans Jr

BEST BRITISH FILM (ALEXANDER KORDA AWARD)
"My Summer of Love," Tanya Seghatchian, Christopher Collins, Pawel Pawlikowski

CARL FOREMAN AWARD FOR BRITISH FIRST FEATURE FILM
Amma Asante, director/writer for A Way of Life"

BEST DIRECTOR (DAVID LEAN AWARD)
Mike Leigh "Vera Drake"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Charlie Kaufman "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor "Sideways"

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
"The Motorcycle Diaries" Michael Nozik, Edgard Tenembaum, Karen Tenkhoff, Walter Salles

BEST ACTOR
Jamie Foxx, "Ray"

BEST ACTRESS
Imelda Staunton, "Vera Drake"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Clive Owen, "Closer"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, "The Aviator"

BEST FILM MUSIC (ANTHONY ASQUITH AWARD)
"The Motorcycle Diaries," Gustavo Santaolalla

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Collateral," Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron

BEST EDITING
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," Valdís Óskarsdóttir

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
"The Aviator," Dante Ferretti

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"Vera Drake," Jacqueline Durran

BEST SOUND
"Ray" Steve Cantamessa, Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer

BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
"The Day After Tomorrow," Karen E Goulekas, Neil Corbould, Greg Strause, Remo Balcells

BEST MAKE UP & HAIR
"The Aviator," Morag Ross, Kathryn Blondell, Siân Grigg

BEST SHORT ANIMATION FILM
"Birthday Boy," Andrew Gregory, Sejong Park

BEST SHORT FILM
"The Banker," Kelly Broad, Hattie Dalton

ORANGE FILM OF THE YEAR (voted for by members of the general public)
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP
John Barry

MICHAEL BALCON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
Angela Allen

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