Top BAFTA Awards For "The Pianist"
by Eugene Hernandez
In London on Sunday night, "The Pianist" was a top winner at the annual British Academy Awards. The film won the prize for best film and filmmaker Roman Polanski won the David Lean Award for Achievement in Directing.
"The Warrior," described by director/co-writer Asif Kapadia as a "samurai film set in India," won a pair of prizes on Sunday. Kapadia won the Carl Foreman Award for special achievement by a Director, Screenwriter or Producer in a first feature, as well as the Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year.
Pedro Almodovar's "Hable Con Ella" (Talk To Her) won two BAFTA prizes. Almodovar won the award for original screenplay, while the film also won the prize for best film not in the English language. The award for adapted screenplay went to "Adaptation," by Charlie Kaufman and the mysterious Donald Kaufman.
In the acting categories, Nicole Kidman won the top female acting prize for "The Hours" while Daniel Day-Lewis won the male acting award for "Gangs of New York." The supporting actress award went to Catherine Zeta-Jones for "Chicago" and the supporting actor award went to Christopher Walken for "Catch Me If You Can."
LIST OF BAFTA AWARD WINNERS:
"The Pianist" (Roman Polanski/Robert Benmussa/Alain Sarde)
The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
"The Warrior" (Bertrand Faivre/Asif Kapadia)
The Carl Foreman Award For Special Achievement By A Director, Screenwriter Or Producer In Their First Feature Film
Asif Kapadia, Director/Co-Writer (The Warrior)
The David Lean Award For Achievement In Direction
"The Pianist" (Roman Polanski)
"Talk to Her" (Hable con Ella), Pedro Almodovar
"Adaptation" (Charlie Kaufman/Donald Kaufman)
Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role
"Nicole Kidman" (The Hours)
Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York)
Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role
Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago)
Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role
Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can)
The Anthony Asquith Award For Achievement In Film Music
Philip Glass, "The Hours"
Film not in the English language
"Talk to Her" (Hable con Ella), Agustin Almodovar
Conrad L. Hall, "Road to Perdition"
Dennis Gassner, "Road to Perdition"
Ngila Dickson/Richard Taylor, "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
Daniel Rezende, "City of God" (Cidade de Deus)
Michael Minkle, Dominick Tavella, David Lee, Maurice Schell, "Chicago"
Achievement In Special Visual Effects
Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, and Alex Funke, "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
Judy Chin and Beatrice De Alba, "Frida"
"My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117" (Mark Herbert/Chris Morris)
"Fish Never Sleep" (Gaelle Denis)
Orange Film of the Year (most popular film, selected by the British public)
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
The Michael Balcon Award For Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema
David Tomblin and Michael Stevenson