55th British Academy Film Awards

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55th British Academy Film Awards
Date24 February 2002
SiteOdeon Leicester Square
Hosted byStephen Fry
Best FilmThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Best British FilmGosford Park
Best ActorRussell Crowe
A Beautiful Mind
Best ActressJudi Dench
Most awardsThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (4)
Most nominationsThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Moulin Rouge! (12)

The 55th British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, took place on 24 February 2002 and honoured the best films of 2001.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring won Best Film, Best Director for Peter Jackson, Best Makeup and Hair, and Best Visual Effects. Russell Crowe won Best Actor for A Beautiful Mind, which also won Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Connelly. Judi Dench won Best Actress for Iris and Jim Broadbent won Best Supporting Actor for Moulin Rouge!. Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2001.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Peter Jackson, Best Director winner
Russell Crowe, Best Actor winner
Judi Dench, Best Actress winner
Jim Broadbent, Best Supporting Actor winner
Jennifer Connelly, Best Supporting Actress winner
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Best Original Screenplay co-winner
Ted Elliott, Best Adapted Screenplay co-winner
Best Film Best Director

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter JacksonThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Leading Role

Russell CroweA Beautiful Mind

Judi DenchIris

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jim BroadbentMoulin Rouge!

Jennifer ConnellyA Beautiful Mind

Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay

AmélieJean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant

ShrekTed Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, and Roger S. H. Schulman

Best Cinematography Outstanding British Film

The Man Who Wasn't There - Roger Deakins

Gosford Park

Best Original Music Best Sound

Moulin Rouge!Craig Armstrong and Marius de Vries

Moulin Rouge! - Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Roger Savage, Guntis Sics, Gareth Vanderhope, and Antony Gray

Best Production Design Best Special Visual Effects

Amélie - Aline Bonetto

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Jim Rygiel, Richard Taylor, Alex Funke, Randall William Cook, and Mark Stetson

Best Costume Design Best Makeup and Hair

Gosford Park - Jenny Beavan

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Peter King, Peter Owen, and Richard Taylor

Best Editing Best Film Not in the English Language

Mulholland Drive - Mary Sweeney

Amores perros

Best Short Animation Best Short Film


  • Camouflage
  • Home Road Movies
  • Tuesday
  • The World of Interiors

About a Girl

  • Inferno
  • The Red Peppers
  • Skin Deep
  • Tattoo
  • Rank

Films with multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Russell Crowe controversy[edit]

After winning the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Russell Crowe gave a speech in which he quoted a poem by Patrick Kavanagh. When the ceremony was broadcast, Crowe was upset that the poem was cut. He blamed the producer, Malcolm Gerrie, and confronted him about it. It was reported that the confrontation got physical and there was speculation that it would cost him the Academy Award for Best Actor.[1][2][3][4][5]

The poem that was cut is a four line poem:

"To be a poet and not know the trade,
To be a lover and repel all women;
Twin ironies by which great saints are made,
The agonising pincer-jaws of heaven."


  1. ^ Susman, Gary (2002-03-05). "Scary Crowe". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b42924_crowe_unleashes_hell_baftas.html
  3. ^ Deans, Jason (2002-03-04). "Crowe is Gerrie sorry". The Guardian. London.
  4. ^ "ARTS | The poet behind Russell Crowe's rage". BBC News. 2002-03-05. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  5. ^ "Crowe 'clarifies' BAFTA outburst | Film | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. 2002-02-28. Retrieved 2009-11-12.