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Kidman and Zeta Jones steal the Bafta show
24/02/2003 - 8:53:04 am

Film beauties Nicole Kidman and Catherine Zeta Jones stole the show at the British Oscars last night.

Welsh star Zeta Jones, heavily pregnant with her second child, picked up the best supporting actress prize at the film Baftas for a high-kicking role in musical Chicago.

And sexy star Nicole Kidman took the best actress prize for her dowdy role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours.

Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor for his blood thirsty role as Bill the butcher in Martin Scorsese’s epic Gangs Of New York.

Their British trophies have raised the odds of all three stars winning an Oscar, according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.

A number of blockbusters were up for awards but no one film dominated the ceremony – although Roman Polanski’s Holocaust drama The Pianist took two of the most sought-after prizes.

It won best film while Polanski – who was not at the ceremony in the Odeon in Leicester Square – was named best director.

Zeta Jones earlier wowed the crowds as she arrived at the central London ceremony with husband Michael Douglas, their first public outing since their High Court drama.

After being given a hug by a tearful Douglas, she told the star-studded audience: “I am very hormonal so please forgive me for anything I say – and if I cry just please take me off the stage.

“I am so thrilled and so honoured at coming here and getting this award. I was down the road for two and half years hoofing it in 42nd Street and I never thought I would be standing here with this.”

The actress – due to give birth in six weeks – added her thanks “to my mam and dad in Swansea, South Wales” and then added the Welsh chant: “Oggy, Oggy, Oggy, Oi Oi Oi”.

“To my wonderful husband and beautiful children – I love you and thank you so much,” said Zeta

Jones, who was in court earlier this month in a privacy battle after Hello! magazine published pictures of her wedding.

After the ceremony she said she hoped her win would give some comfort to Wales.

“We lost the rugby so I have to give the Welsh something to smile about.”

Zeta Jones said she would eventually celebrate with champagne – after the birth.

“I have to postpone everything for an after-party in two months’ time – I’ll have to relive it as if it were a dream,” she said.

Douglas was thrilled by the success of his Valentino-clad wife of two years.

“I’m so elated, I can’t tell you,” he said. “I would watch her come back black and blue and sore and I watched the effort that went into it and the end result is a spectacular movie and particularly great for Catherine.”

Her film Chicago – a lavish spectacular based on the stage-show – also landed a prize for best sound, making it one of several films to land a pair of trophies.

Also winning two was The Hours which landed the best music award for Philip Glass, as well as Kidman’s prize.

Kidman wanted to share her prize with co-stars Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep, whom she called “absolutely gorgeous”.

“It’s so lovely to share this with two really special women and we should divide it into three.”

Kidman – who has denied having any part in the relationship difficulties of her recent co-star Jude Law and Sadie Frost – added: “This is a really big deal for me.

“I want to thank the British film industry because you’ve been incredibly good to me over the past few years.

Star of the Pianist Adrien Brody picked up Polanski’s prize for a highly personal film inspired by the trauma of his early life.

Brody said of Polanski: “He’s a remarkable human being and obviously a brilliant film maker. The important thing to acknowledge is that Roman has overcome an enormous amount of loss in his life, particularly in this case at the hands of the Nazis.”

Acclaimed epic Gangs Of New York landed just one prize but Day-Lewis said his acting award was down to director Scorsese.

“Of course if I had to point the finger at one man for this award it would have to be that heavenly man Martin Scorsese,” he said.

Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers had the largest haul of the night with two technical prizes but was named Orange Film Of The Year – an award voted for by cinemagoers.

The event – formally called The Orange British Academy Film Awards – was full of A-list talent with Hollywood stars such as Oscar winners Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry among the guests.

But best supporting actor Christopher Walken – for Catch Me if You Can – was unable to attend and did not even send a message of thanks.


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