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|Rings Lords it at the Baftas
- Potter carpeted; carpet potted with shampoo puddles
LORD OF THE RINGS emerged as the big winner at last night's Bafta film awards held at London's Leicester Square.
The film based on the first part of JRR Tolkein's epic novel scooped five gongs including two of the most coveted - best film and best director (for Peter Jackson).
Other winners were Moulin Rouge, winner of three prizes and Gosford Park, A Beautiful Mind and Amelie, all of which won two. The night's big losers were Harry Potter, which was nominated for eight awards but won precisely nothing, and the red carpet for the star-studded event, which became a sea of soap after its shampoo reacted with heavy rain.
The best British film award went to Gosford Park, directed by the American, Robert Altman, who was recently under fire in the US for his perceived failure to back fully his country in time of war.
"It is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me in film," Altman said, surely exaggerating somewhat. "But I feel like a raider in the night. We came over and sneaked into the film industry here. Now to be honoured by it feels pretty good."