The Lord Of The Rings: The Return OF THE KING and Lost In Translation were the big winners at Sunday's (15FEB04) ORANGE British Academy Film Awards.

The final installment of the JRR TOLKIEN adaptations picked up five BAFTAS out of 13 nominations, including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Film Of The Year, at the star-studded ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

Lost In Translation garnered the top acting accolades as teen star Scarlett Johansson won Best Actress In A Leading Role and Bill Murray was honoured with Best Actor In A Leading Role, which was accepted on his behalf by director SOFIA COPPOLA.

Master And Commander: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD was another big achiever on the night, garnering four golden masks, including The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction for Peter Weir.

Master And Commander star Paul Bettany, who won Best Actor for his role in the seafaring film at the LONDON FILM CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARDS last week (11FEB04), accepted Weir's gong as the movie-maker was in America filming and paid tribute to him, saying, "Peter is a genius."

The big shock of the evening was Cold Mountain's performance - after garnering 13 nominations, it only won Best Actress In A Supporting Role for Renee Zellweger and the Anthony Asquith Award For Achievement In Film Music. GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING also lost out in all ten categories it was nominated in.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Film - THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year - Touching The Void

The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: PETER WEIR - MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

Best Actor in a Leading Role: BILL MURRAY - LOST IN TRANSLATION

Best Actress in a Leading Role: SCARLETT JOHANSSON - LOST IN TRANSLATION

Actor In A Supporting Role: BILL NIGHY - LOVE ACTUALLY

Actress In A Supporting Role: RENEE ZELLWEGER - COLD MOUNTAIN

Best film not in the English language: IN THIS WORLD

Original screenplay: The Station Agent

Adapted screenplay: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

Carl Foreman Award (for special achievement by a British director/producer/writer in their first feature film): EMILY YOUNG - KISS OF life

Short Animation: JOJO IN THE STARS

Short Film: BROWN PAPER BAG

Anthony Asquith Award For Achievement In Film Music: COLD MOUNTAIN

Make Up And Hair: Pirates Of The Caribbean: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

Visual Effects: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

Sound: MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

Editing: LOST IN TRANSLATION

Costume Design: MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

Production Design: MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

Cinematography: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

Michael Balcon award for an outstanding contribution to British cinema: Duncan Kenworthy

Orange Film of the Year (Audience award): THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

19/02/2004 08:59