Brokeback Brings Home Baftas Bacon
But disappointment for Brit flicks including The Constant Gardener...
Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at last nights Baftas in Leicester Square.
Ang Lees critically acclaimed alternative cowboy movie picked up four gongs, including best director for Lee and best supporting actor for Jake Gyllenhaal. Hollywoods A list " or as host Stephen Fry described them, the A+ list " braved the London rain to tramp up the red carpet at the Odeon Cinema.
Collecting the award, a clearly over-the-moon Gyllenhaal said: "Its just a pleasure to be a part of this movie, and I cant believe Ive got this for it."
But it was a disappointing night for British cinema, with 10-times nominated The Constant Gardener bringing home just one award. And Judi Dench lost out on the best actress award to Reese Witherspoon for Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line.
Philip Seymour Hoffman scooped best actor for Capote, fighting off competition from Ralph Fiennes, but there was some good news for the home side when Thandie Newton won the best supporting actress trophy for her role in Crash.
Best British film went to Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit, and the award for best first-time British director was taken by Joe Wright for his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.