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|The Pianist Gives Virtuoso Bafta Performance
- Polanski's war time Warsaw film beats off the big guns
ROMAN POLANSKI'S film The Pianist beat off the triple challenge of Chicago, Gangs of New York and The Hours to emerge as the clear winner at this year's Bafta Awards, held at the Odeon Leicester Square last night.
The Pianist, set in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War, won both Best Film and Best Director, usually considered the two most prestigious gongs at any film awards gig.
Best Actor went to Daniel Day Lewis for his role in Martin Scorcese's gangster movie, Gangs of New York with Best Actress going to Nicole Kidman, false nose and all, for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours.
Catherine Zeta-Jones took the Best Supporting Actress prize for her all-singing, all dancing role as Velma Kelly in Chicago. Best Supporting Actor was named as Christopher Walken in Catch Me if You Can.
The Baftas attracted many more Hollywood stars than in previous years, as it is now scheduled a month ahead of the Oscars, rather than a month after, a switch which has invested the British ceremony with a large dollop of pre-Oscar build-up glamour.