'Brokeback Mountain' Sweeps BAFTAs
"It's just a pleasure to be a part of this movie and I can't even believe I've got this for it," stated Gyllenhaal after scooping the Best Supporting Actor award.
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.
Zambian-born star Thandie Newton won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her powerful portrayal of a racially abused woman in Crash, and writer/director Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco won the Best Original Screenplay Award."This is the highest high ever. I don't expect it to get any higher," commented Newton.
The Constant Gardener scooped a staggering 10 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. "This is just amazing. I was just so delighted to be nominated alongside all the proper films tonight, I never thought I'd be up here," said Oscar-winning animator Nick Park.
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.
Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright expressed his surprise at Keira Knightley's snub at the BAFTAs. Wright, who won the The Carl Foreman Award For Special Achievement, was adamant the 20-year-old should have been contesting the Best Actress Award, but she received no recognition from British judges.
He said, "She was my star who brought so much life to this film. I was surprised. I kind of feel like she should have been, and it saddens me that she was not. I'm sure you'll all join me in wishing her luck at the Oscars."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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