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'Constant Gardener' Cultivates BAFTA Nods

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Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes in 'The Constant Gardener'

LONDON, England - Socially conscious spy yarn "The Constant Gardener" leads the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, with 10 nods, including Best Picture. The film's stars, Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, both received acting nominations. The film's Brazilian director, Fernando Meirelles, also is up for an award.

Ang Lee's cowboys-in-love drama, "Brokeback Mountain," which recently took Best Picture at the Golden Globes, had nine nominations. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, its stars, are both up for acting awards, while Lee is nominated for Best Director.

"Crash," an edgy depiction of racial division in modern-day Los Angeles directed and co-written by London, Ontario, native Paul Haggis, also received nine nominations. Other Best Picture nominees include the biopic "Capote" and George Clooney's McCarthy-era memoir, "Good Night, And Good Luck."

The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) will be held on Sunday, February 19 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

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The Orange British Academy Film Awards

2005 BAFTA Nominations

(winners will appear highlighted in red)

The Academy Fellowship

Lord Puttnam

The Michael Balcon Award

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

Robert 'Chuck' Finch and Bill Merrell

Outstanding Film

"Brokeback Mountain"

Diana Ossana/James Schamus

"Capote"

Caroline Baron/William Vince/Michael Ohoven

"The Constant Gardener"

Simon Channing Williams

"Crash"

Credits TBC

"Good Night, And Good Luck."

Grant Heslov

The Alexander Korda Award

Outstanding British Film of the Year

"A Cock & Bull Story"

Andrew Eaton/Michael Winterbottom/Martin Hardy

"The Constant Gardener"

Simon Channing Williams/Fernando Meirelles/Jeffrey Caine

"Festival"

Christopher Young/Annie Griffin

"Pride & Prejudice"

Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster/Joe Wright/Deborah Moggach

"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"

Peter Lord/David Sproxton/Nick Park/Steve Box/Mark Burton/Bob Baker

The Carl Foreman Award

Special Achievement by a British Director,

Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film

David Belton

Producer

"Shooting Dogs"

Peter Fudakowski

Producer

"Tsotsi"

Annie Griffin

Director/Writer

"Festival"

Richard Hawkins

Director

"Everything"

Joe Wright

Director

"Pride & Prejudice"

The David Lean Award

Achievement in Direction

"Brokeback Mountain"

Ang Lee

"Capote"

Bennett Miller

"The Constant Gardener"

Fernando Meirelles

"Crash"

Paul Haggis

"Good Night, And Good Luck."

George Clooney

Outstanding Original Screenplay

"Cinderella Man"

Cliff Hollingsworth/Akiva Goldsman

"Crash"

Paul Haggis/Bobby Moresco

"Good Night, And Good Luck."

George Clooney/Grant Heslov

"Hotel Rwanda"

Keir Pearson/Terry George

"Mrs. Henderson Presents"

Martin Sherman

Outstanding Adapted Screenplay

"Brokeback Mountain"

Larry McMurtry/Diana Ossana

"Capote"

Dan Futterman

"The Constant Gardener"

Jeffrey Caine

"A History of Violence"

Josh Olson

"Pride & Prejudice"

Deborah Moggach

Outstanding Film Not in the English Language

"De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete"

("The Beat That My Heart Skipped")

Pascal Caucheteux/Jacques Audiard

"Le Grand Voyage"

Humbert Balsan/Isma

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BAFTA Honors Puttnam with Fellowship

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Lord David Puttnam

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said it will present producer David Puttnam with this year's Academy Fellowship on Sunday, February 19 at the organization's annual Orange British Film Awards. Awarded annually by the BAFTA Council in recognition of outstanding contribution to world cinema, the fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by the academy.

The award will be presented by British Academy president Sir Richard Attenborough. Previous fellowships have gone to Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor and Stanley Kubrick.

Puttnam's independent producer credits include critically-acclaimed films such as "The Mission," "The Killing Fields," "Local Hero," "Chariots of Fire" and "Midnight Express." He was chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures from 1986-88.

BAFTA chairman Duncan Kenworthy said Puttnam is one of the few producers whose name is known to audiences. "His extraordinary reputation rests as much on the inspirational appeal and intelligence of his films as on their production values -- one suspects audiences come away changed as well as entertained," Kenworthy said.

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'Mountain' Tops Bafta Awards

by Adam Dawtrey

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Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Best Actor Bafta

Award for his role as 'Capote'

LONDON, England - Bafta came to "Brokeback Mountain" on a rainy Sunday night in London, when Ang Lee's cowboy movie rode away with four prizes including Best Film and Director at the British Academy Film Awards.

In an evening of few surprises, Philip Seymour Hoffman took the Best Actor prize for "Capote." Reese Witherspoon was named as Best Actress for "Walk the Line," although she wasn't there in person to accept the award. Jake Gyllenhaal got the nod for Supporting Actor in "Brokeback Mountain."

Thandie Newton picked up the Supporting Actress honor for "Crash." That was one of two victories for "Crash," with Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco winning the kudos for Original Screenplay. Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana completed the quartet of awards for "Brokeback Mountain" in the Adapted Screenplay race.

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Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace in the 'Wallace and

Gromit' films, with British actress Imelda Staunton.

"Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" won the Alexander Korda Award for best British film. "Pride and Prejudice" director Joe Wright was took the Carl Foreman Award for a first-time British filmmaker.

On a night when the favorites mostly romped home, one minor surprise was how strongly "Memoirs of a Geisha" performed in the technical categories, with Dion Beebe winning for Cinematography, John Williams for Music and Colleen Atwood for Costumes.

"The Constant Gardener," the most nominated film with 10 nods, had to make do with just one prize for editor Claire Simpson. Jacques Audiard's "The Beat My Heart Skipped" was named best film not in the English language.

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Thandie Newton picked up the Supporting Actress

honor for her role in 'Crash'

There was one win apiece for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" for Production Design, "King Kong" for Special Visual Effects and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" for Make-Up and Hair.

The Sound award went to "Walk the Line." James McAvoy won the inaugural Orange Rising Star Award, voted by the general public and backed by the same cell phone company that sponsors Bafta's film awards.

The only Best Film nominee to walk away totally empty-handed was "Good Night, and Good Luck." George Clooney also missed out, despite being nominated four times in three categories for Director, Writer and Supporting Actor for 'Good Night' and Supporting Actor again for "Syriana."

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Unfortunately, George Clooney went home empty-

handed at the Bafta Awards in London

Clooney's achievement was, however, acknowleged several times throughout the ceremony by various winners, most notably by David Puttnam when accepting a Bafta fellowship. Lord Puttnam admitted he gave up producing films because he feared the industry would no longer support the type of films he wanted to make.

However, Puttnam claimed this year's nominations had proved him wrong. Fearing the demise of cinema with a social conscience, Puttnam said, "Mr. Clooney, I take my hat off to you. What you and your colleagues have done for this industry is truly remarkable."

"Eight years ago I didn't think it could be done," Puttnam continued. "This group of committed, decent films which absolutely have something to say give the lie . . . that there's a dichotomy between informing and entertaining."

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Jake Gyllenhall and Charlize Theron joked together

backstage after she presented him with his Bafta for

Best Supporting Actor in 'Brokeback Mountain.'

Picking up the best film award for "Brokeback Mountain," Focus Features topper James Schamus seized the opportunity to dismiss "this terrible epithet of the gay cowboy movie." He joked, "It truly is a universal story of two gay shepherds. It's a gay shepherd movie."

Lee, accepting the David Lean Award for direction, thanked BAFTA for its consistent support for his work, dating back to "The Ice Storm," "Sense and Sensibility" and "The Wedding Banquet." breathless Jake Gyllenhaal said "Brokeback Mountain" meant "even more to me socially than it does artistically."

The ceremony, hosted with his familiar mix of irreverence and ironic effusiveness by Stephen Fry, took place at the Odeon Leicester Square,followed by a formal dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

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The Orange British Academy Film Awards

2005 BAFTA Winners

The Academy Fellowship

Lord Puttnam

The Michael Balcon Award

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

Robert 'Chuck' Finch and Bill Merrell

Outstanding Film

"Brokeback Mountain"

Diana Ossana/James Schamus

The Alexander Korda Award

Outstanding British Film of the Year

"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"

Peter Lord/David Sproxton/Nick Park/Steve Box/Mark Burton/Bob Baker

The Carl Foreman Award

Special Achievement by a British Director,

Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film

Joe Wright

Director

"Pride & Prejudice"

The David Lean Award

Achievement in Direction

Ang Lee

"Brokeback Mountain"

Outstanding Original Screenplay

Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco

"Crash"

Outstanding Adapted Screenplay

Larry McMurtry/Diana Ossana

"Brokeback Mountain"

Outstanding Film Not in the English Language

"De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete"

("The Beat That My Heart Skipped")

Pascal Caucheteux/Jacques Audiard

Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role

Philip Seymour Hoffman

"Capote"

Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role

Reese Witherspoon

"Walk the Line"

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role

Jake Gyllenhaal

"Brokeback Mountain"

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role

Thandie Newton

"Crash"

The Orange Rising Star Award

James McAvoy

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe"

The Anthony Asquith Award

Achievement in Film Music

John Williams

"Memoirs of a Geisha"

Achievement In Cinematography

"Memoirs of a Geisha"

Dion Beebe

Achievement In Editing

"The Constant Gardener"

Claire Simpson

Achievement In Production Design

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

Stuart Craig

Achievement In Costume Design

"Memoirs of a Geisha"

Colleen Atwood

Achievement In Sound

"Walk the Line"

Paul Massey/D M Hemphill/Peter F Kurland/Donald Sylvester

Achievement In Special Visual Effects

"King Kong"

Joe Letteri/Christian Rivers/Brian Van't Hul/Richard Taylor

Achievement In Make Up and Hair

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe"

Howard Berger/Gregory Nicotero/Nikki Gooley

Outstanding Short Animation Film

"Fallen Art"

Jarek Sawko/Piotr Sikora/Tomek Baginski

Outstanding Short Film

"Antonio's Breakfast"

Howard Stogdon/Amber Templemore-Finlayson/Daniel Mulloy

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