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22/02/01
Bell Bags Bafta For Billy
- Boy wonder Jamie waltzes off with top prize

BILLY ELLIOT star Jamie Bell was all smiles last night as he scooped the prize for Best Actor at the annual Bafta film awards, held at the Odeon Leicester Square.

14-year-old Jamie, who beat off competition from Hollywood heavyweights Tom Hanks and Russell Crowe, was clearly stunned by the announcement. On accepting his award he said: "To be nominated with all these guys, I was thinking off not bothering coming,"

Co-star Julie Walters waltzed away with the Best Supporting Actress gong for her role in the ballet-dancing flick, while director Stephen Daldry bagged the award for Outstanding British Film. British veteran Albert Finney lost out in the Best Supporting Actor category but instead landed an award for Lifetime Achievement.

Ridley Scott's Gladiator, already a hot Oscar contender, galloped off with two Best Film gongs, as well as prizes for Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Meanwhile, martial arts epic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, perhaps not unexpectedly, won Best Foreign Film and Best Director for Ang Lee.

The ceremony, star-studded with glitterati including Elton John, Tom Hanks, Hilary Swank and Russell Crowe, as well as British stalwarts such as Kate Winslet, took place a month before the Oscars. It is now hoped that the Baftas, previously held later in the year, will now be judged as an indicator for the Hollywood event, held next month.




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