Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cold Mountain Frozen Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cold Mountain Frozen Out

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Byline: By Anita Singh

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won best film at last night's Baftas on another evening of disappointment for Cold Mountain.

Cold Mountain had led the field with 13 nominations but picked up only two at last night's ceremony in London - best supporting actress for Renee Zellweger and an award for best score.

Instead it was The Lord of the Rings and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which were the big winners last night, with four Bafta awards each. The Lord of the Rings also won the Orange Film of the Year, voted in by the general public.

Peter Weir won Best Director for Master and Commander, a swashbuckling epic set on the high seas during the Napoleonic wars.

Bill Murray won Best Actor and Scarlett Johansson Best Actress, both for Lost in Translation.

The 19-year-old Johansson said: "Oh my God, this is really unexpected". Her voice breaking she thanked the director for "writing and directing this incredible film, which I was so proud to be part of.

"Mostly I would like to thank my mother for supporting me and for being there for me and taking me for auditions and buying me hot dogs afterwards."

She thanked co-star Bill Murray "for being on the other side of the camera ... it was an honour."

Murray won huge applause when his name was read out.

Johannson had also been nominated for Girl With a Pearl Earring, a rare double in Bafta history.

She has been acting since she was eight and first gained acclaim playing Kristin Scott Thomas's daughter in 1998 film The Horse Whisperer.

Bill Nighy won Best Supporting Actor for his role in British hit Love Actually.

No one film emerged to sweep the board this year.

Cold Mountain had been expected to do well but, as with the Golden Globes, Bafta voters were unimpressed by the American Civil War drama. …

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