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BAFTA 2004 – WINNERS

Other than for the Australian winners, the BAFTA Awards should also interest Australians for what they show us about movie sensibilities in the English speaking world outside Hollywood. Andrew L. Urban reports.

Considering that the Oscars and the BAFTA Awards are effectively voting on (more or less) the same films but from their different perspectives, it’s always revealing which side of the Atlantic favours which films, which actors and which ‘looks’. This year, the Brits had their own flagship up against the Americans (who financed the New Zealanders to make Lord of the Rings), with Master and Commander.

The fact that it’s an Australian, Peter Weir, who directed the film only adds texture to this Award. But away from the two epic scale films, it’s in some of other awards that we see the different sensibilities at work. For example, in Bill Nighy’s Best Supporting Actor award, a very English choice that rewards the eccentric, which isn’t even reflected in a nomination for the Oscars. Over that side of the Atlantic, they nominated support actors like Ken Watanabe, Alec Baldwin and Djimon Hounsou.

Similarly, you won’t find the exquisitely subtle and offbeat The Station Agent even nominated for an original screenplay Oscar, while the Brits gave it their top honour. 

There is greater overlap with the actors, but the one big difference – and big surprise – is the absence of Ben Kingsley from the BAFTA Nominees list. On the other hand, the only supporting actress to appear in both lists is Renee Zellwegger, which may have been seen as a sign that she would win at least one of the awards.

As for ‘looks’ both Academies agree on the two big films and also on Girl with Pearl Earring, but where the Americans went for the brawny Last Samurai, The Brits went for the whimsy of Big Fish.

BAFTA 2004 Nominees and Winners:

Best Film 
BIG FISH Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks, Richard D Zanuck 
COLD MOUNTAIN Sydney Pollack, William Horberg, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa 
* THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Barrie M Osborne, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson 
LOST IN TRANSLATION Sofia Coppola, Ross Katz 
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD Samuel Goldwyn Jr, Peter Weir, Duncan Henderson 

Alexander Korda Award for outstanding British film of the year 
COLD MOUNTAIN Sydney Pollack, William Horberg, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Anthony Minghella 
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING Andy Paterson, Anand Tucker, Peter Webber 
IN THIS WORLD Andrew Eaton, Anita Overland, Michael Winterbottom 
LOVE ACTUALLY Duncan Kenworthy, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Richard Curtis 
* TOUCHING THE VOID John Smithson, Kevin MacDonald 

David Lean Award for achievement in Direction 
BIG FISH Tim Burton 
COLD MOUNTAIN Anthony Minghella 
THE LORD OF THE RINGS:THE RETURN OF THE KING Peter Jackson 
LOST IN TRANSLATION Sofia Coppola 
* MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD Peter Weir 

Screenplay (Original) 
21 GRAMS Guillermo Arriaga 
THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS (LES INVASIONS BARBARES) Denys Arcand 
FINDING NEMO Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds 
LOST IN TRANSLATION Sofia Coppola 
* THE STATION AGENT Tom McCarthy 

Screenplay (Adapted) 
BIG FISH John August 
COLD MOUNTAIN Anthony Minghella 
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING Olivia Hetreed 
* THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson 
MYSTIC RIVER Brian Helgeland 

Film not in the English language 
THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS Denise Robert, Daniel Louis, Denys Arcand 
BELLEVILLE RENDEZ-VOUS Didier Brunner, Sylvain Chomet 
ÊTRE ET AVOIR Gilles Sandoz, Nicolas Philibert 
GOOD BYE LENIN! Stefan Arndt, Wolfgang Becker 
* IN THIS WORLD Andrew Eaton, Anita Overland, Michael Winterbottom 
SPIRITED AWAY Toshio Suzuki, Hayao Miyazaki 

Actor in a Leading Role 
BENICIO DEL TORO 21 Grams 
* BILL MURRAY Lost In Translation 
JOHNNY DEPP Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 
JUDE LAW Cold Mountain 
SEAN PENN 21 Grams 
SEAN PENN Mystic River 

Actress in a leading Role 
ANNE REID The Mother 
NAOMI WATTS 21 Grams 
SCARLETT JOHANSSON Girl With A Pearl Earring 
* SCARLETT JOHANSSON Lost In Translation 
UMA THURMAN Kill Bill Vol. 1 

Actor in a Supporting Role 
ALBERT FINNEY Big Fish 
* BILL NIGHY Love Actually 
IAN MCKELLEN The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 
PAUL BETTANY Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 
TIM ROBBINS Mystic River 

Actress in a supporting role 
EMMA THOMPSON Love Actually 
HOLLY HUNTER Thirteen 
JUDY PARFITT Girl With A Pearl Earring 
LAURA LINNEY Mystic River 
* RENÉE ZELLWEGER Cold Mountain 

Anthony Asquith award for achievenment in film music 
* COLD MOUNTAIN Gabriel Yared, T-Bone Burnett 
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING Alexandre Desplat 
KILL BILL VOL. 1 The RZA 
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Howard Shore 
LOST IN TRANSLATION Kevin Shields/Brian Reitzell 

Cinematography 
COLD MOUNTAIN John Seale 
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING Eduardo Serra 
* THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Andrew Lesnie 
LOST IN TRANSLATION Lance Acord 
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD Russell Boyd 

Editing 
21 GRAMS Stephen Mirrione 
COLD MOUNTAIN Walter Murch 
KILL BILL VOL. 1 Sally Menke 
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Jamie Selkirk 
* LOST IN TRANSLATION Sarah Flack 

Production design 
BIG FISH Dennis Gassner 
COLD MOUNTAIN Dante Ferretti 
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING Ben van Os 
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: 
THE RETURN OF THE KING Grant Major 
* MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD William Sandell 

Costume design 
COLD MOUNTAIN Ann Roth, Carlo Poggioli 
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING Dien van Straalen 
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Ngila Dickson/Richard Taylor 
* MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD Wendy Stites 
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL Penny Rose 

Sound 
COLD MOUNTAIN Eddy Joseph/Ivan Sharrock/Walter Murch/Mike Prestwood Smith/
Matthew Gough 
KILL BILL VOL. 1 Michael Minkler/Myron Nettinga/Wylie Stateman/Mark Ulano
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Ethan Van der Ryn/Michael Hopkins/
David Farmer/Christopher Boyes/Michael Hedges/Michael Semanick/Hammond Peek
* MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD Richard King/Doug Hemphill/Paul Massey/
Art Rochester
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL Christopher Boyes/George Watters II/
Lee Orloff/David Parker/David Campbell

Achievement in special visual effects 
BIG FISH Kevin Mack/Seth Maury/Lindsay Macgowan/Paddy Eason 
KILL BILL VOL. 1 Tommy Tom/Tam Kia Kwan/Leung Wai Kit/ Jaco Wong Hin Leung 
* THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Joe Letteri/Jim Rygiel/Randall William Cook/
Alex Funke
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD Stefen Fangmeier/Nathan McGuinness/
Robert Stromberg/Daniel Sudick
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL John Knoll/Hal Hickel/Terry D Frazee/ Charles Gibson

Make up & hair 
BIG FISH Jean A Black, Paul Le Blanc 
COLD MOUNTAIN Paul Engelen, Ivana Primorac 
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING Jenny Shircore 
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Richard Taylor, Peter King, Peter Owen 
* PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL Ve Neill, Martin Samuel

Published February 19, 2004

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