Organisers of next year's (04) BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS (BAFTA) have been left red-faced - after a series of blunders in the voting process were exposed.

The event - which is the UK's answer to the OSCARS - is due to take place next February (04), but the voting process has been thrown into disarray following mistakes on the online member's voting website.

According to insiders many actors were ignored on the lists presented to voters - and one actor was mistakenly entered into the Best Actress category.

The errors were noticed after an academy member contacted film company BUENA VISTA to ask why actor Ray Winstone's name was missing from their offering Cold Mountain. Further mistakes were soon spotted, and an email was sent to all 4,000 academy members on Friday (19DEC03), outlining 24 additions and corrections to the nominee lists they had.

Other actors who were missing from the original list were Cold Mountain's Philip Seymour Hoffman, AMERICAN SPLENDOUR's Hope Davis, Cuba Gooding JR from The Fighting Temptations and Andy Serkis and JOHN RHYS-DAVIES - GOLLUM and GIMLI respectively - from The Lord Of The Rings: THE RETURN OF THE KING.

Actor Stephane Rousseau made it onto the list for his role in THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS - but in the Best Actress category. Other mix-ups included between the original and adapted screenplay categories.

The academy has blamed the errors on a mixture of human error on their part and film companies' negligence in sending incomplete lists.

Chief executive AMANDA BARRY insists only 1 per cent of members had voted before the mistakes were noticed, and they've been given the opportunity to change their input.

22/12/2003 14:13