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03/04/00
American Beauty's BAFTA Six-Pack
- But no director gong for Mendes

AMERICAN BEAUTY clinched six awards at last night's BAFTA ceremony including best film, best actor and best actress, to follow up its recent Oscar triumph.

However, the man behind American Beauty, Sam Mendes, was overlooked for the best director accolade which went instead to Spaniard Pedro Almodovar for All About My Mother.

The award ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square gave credit to many of those who had been overlooked by Hollywood including London star Jude Law, named best supporting actor for his role in The Talented Mr. Ripley. "Thank you BAFTA for the opportunity to say thank you to Anthony Minghella who made me play this part - and made me play it well," Law said, praising the film's director.

South Londoner Michael Caine won the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship award for his outstanding contribution to the British film industry, but was quick to point up the academy's past reluctance to recognise him. "It's so difficult to win an award here," Caine said. "Jesus, I've made 85 movies and only one has won a BAFTA."

Stanley Kubrick was handed a posthumous fellowship, while low budget comedy East Is East snapped up the Best British Film award.





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