Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Constant Winner? It Has to Be Ralph. DOUBLE CELEBRATION FOR FIENNES AS STANDARD SALUTES THE CREAM OF BRITISH FILMS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Constant Winner? It Has to Be Ralph. DOUBLE CELEBRATION FOR FIENNES AS STANDARD SALUTES THE CREAM OF BRITISH FILMS

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Byline: TOM TEODORCZUK

ACCLAIMED British thriller The Constant Gardener scored a double triumph at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.

The movie won best film while Ralph Fiennes was best actor for his portrayal of the diplomat seeking the truth behind his wife's death in the adaptation of John le Carre's novel.

It was the day after Rachel Weisz won best supporting actress from the Screen Actors Guild for her role in the film. The clutch of awards for The Constant Gardener is a good sign ahead of the Oscars , the nominations for which are announced later today.

This is the first Evening Standard award for Fiennes, 43, although he was nominated in 1995 for Schindler's List.

Arriving at The Ivy for the ceremony, with his partner Francesca Annis, he said the awards for the movie vindicated the decision not to sell out to Hollywood.

"We fought for it to be a British film," he added. "Le Carre could have easily gone to a bigger studio but the producer Simon Channing-Williams lobbied him with his vision. It is a very thorough love story and is political in a way that is quite rare. So for us to be celebrating the film tonight is a good thing."

Natasha Richardson, 42, won best actress for her performance in David Mackenzie's acclaimed Asylum, beating Weisz, and Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice. …

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