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Monday, February 20, 2006


From The Telegraph:

Now the question seems to be: Will George Clooney go home empty handed come Oscar night, March 5th?

Reese Witherspoon may possibly be a step closer to a statuette as Best Actress on Hollywood's big night after winning a BAFTA.

Heavens open as British Bafta hopes are washed away
By Nigel Reynolds, Arts Correspondent
(Filed: 20/02/2006)

It rained on the stars arriving in Leicester Square and it rained even more heavily on British hopes at the Orange British Academy Film Awards last night.

Jake Gyllenhaal: best actor in a supporting role
High expectations that the home-grown, lottery-funded film, The Constant Gardener, and its two stars, Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, would win gold for Britain were eclipsed in a virtual clean-sweep of the Baftas by Hollywood.

Brokeback Mountain, the love story of two homosexual cowboys that has shaken America's Bible Belt, was chosen as best film.

Picking up the night's best total of four awards, the film won Ang Lee the best director prize, a best screenplay award and a Bafta for best supporting actor for Jake Gyllenhaal, 25, who co-starred with Heath Ledger as the unconventional cowboys.

George Clooney: six nominations but no Baftas
The 29-year-old American Reese Witherspoon was named best actress for her role as the singer June Carter in Walk the Line, a biopic about Johnny Cash.

Best actor was Philip Seymour Hoffman, the 38-year-old New Yorker who plays the title role in Capote, about the author Truman Capote.

The Constant Gardener, the adaptation of John Le Carre's novel about corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, arrived at the ceremony with 10 nominations - but won just one, a technical award for editing.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: best actor award for Capote
Weisz, 34, had been regarded by many as a racing certainty to be named best actress.

Dame Judi Dench, the winner of nine previous Baftas, had also hoped to be named best actress for her title role in Mrs Henderson Presents.

Another surprise was the failure of George Clooney to walk away with a single statuette. He co-wrote, directed and starred in Good Night, And Good Luck, based on a true story about McCarthyism, which had won six nominations.

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