Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at Sunday’s Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), scooping Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor gongs.
Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee was presented with the David Lean Award For Achievement In Direction, while Jake Gyllenhaal was honored for his performance as gay rodeo cowboy Jack Twist–beating off competition from George Clooney who left empty-handed despite being nominated in four categories.
Gyllenhaal’s co-star Heath Ledger was beaten to the Best Actor Award by Capote actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Golden Globe-winner Reese Witherspoon was named Best Actress for her stunning performance in Walk the Line.
The Constant Gardener scooped a staggering ten nominations last month, but was widely snubbed by the British Academy, winning only the Best Editing Award.
The adaptation of John Le Carre’s political thriller was pipped to the Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year by Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Memoirs of a Geisha picked up two awards – Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design–and composer John Williams was honored with the Anthony Asquith Award For Achievement in Film Music for his score for the period epic.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Film: Brokeback Mountain
The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or
Producer in Their First Feature Film: Joe Wright (Director) – Pride & 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: Memoirs of a Geisha – John Williams
Best Cinematography: Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Editing: The Constant Gardener
Best Production Design: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Best Costume Design: Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Sound: Walk the Line
Achievement In Special Visual Effects: King Kong
Best Make Up and Hair: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Best Short Animation Film: Fallen Art
Best Short Film: Antonio’s Breakfast
The Orange Rising Star Award: James McAvoy
Academy Fellowship: David Puttnam
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