Hollywood blockbuster The Aviator and a lower-budget British film Vera Drake shared the top honours at the 2005 Baftas tonight.
Although The Aviator's lead actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, failed to take home the award for best actor - an accolade that went instead to Jamie Foxx for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray - the film scooped the prize for best film. It also made a strong showing in the other categories, with Cate Blanchett winning the award for best actress in a supporting role, Dante Ferretti winning in the production design category, and Morag Ross, Kathryn Blondell and Sian Grigg sharing the award for best make up and hair.
Vera Drake was also honoured in a variety of categories: Imelda Staunton picked up the award for best actress in a leading role; director Mike Leigh scooped the David Lean award for achievement in direction; and Jacqueline Durran won the award for best costume design.
The Alexander Korda Award for the outstanding British film of the year went to My Summer of Love, while the Orange film of the year award, which is awarded to the film that garners the most votes from the British public, went to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Other Awards Roundup
The Carl Foreman award for special achievement by a British director/producer or writer in their first feature film: Amma Asante/A Way of Life
Original screenplay: Charlie Kaufman/Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Adapted screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor/Sideways
Film not in the English language: Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries)/Michael Nozik, Edgard Tenembaum, Karen Tenkhoff, Walter Salles
Actor in a supporting role: Clive Owen/Closer
The Anthony Asquith award for achievement in film music: Gustavo Santaolalla/Diarios de Motocicleta
Cinematography: Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron/Collateral
Editing: Valdís Óskarsdóttir/Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Sound: Steve Cantamessa, Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer/Ray
Achievement in special visual effects: Karen E Goulekas, Neil Corbould, Greg Strause, Remo Balcells/The Day After Tomorrow
Short animation: Andrew Gregory and Sejong Park/Birthday Boy
Short film: Kelly Broad and Hattie Dalton/The Banker
Academy fellowship: John Barry
'Aviator', 'Vera' honoured at Baftas
Published Saturday, Feb 12 2005, 23:49 GMT | By James Welsh