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Hollywood stars shine at the 'British Oscars'

February 15, 2004
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American stars Renee Zellweger and Scarlett Johansson turned on the glam for the BAFTA awards in London on Sunday, strolling up the red carpet in drop-dead gorgeous evening gowns before picking up two of the night's biggest gongs.

It looks like 2004 might be the year for Chicago star Renee – a three-time nominee for both the Oscars and the British equivalent – who finally won her first-ever BAFTA for her supporting role alongside Nicole Kidman in Cold Mountain.

And Scarlett, the year's hottest property, is quickly cementing her place on the Hollywood A-list, snagging the best actress award for her role in Lost In Translation. The 19-year-old blonde's co-star, Bill Murray, took home the best actor gong, while Love, Actually scene-stealer Bill Nighy earned the supporting trophy.

While many had their eyes on the glamorous guests – Johnny Depp, Emma Thompson, Naomi Watts and Jude Law among them – the night was, of course, all about the movies. And the unquestionable big winner was The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King which scooped best film, adapted screenplay, cinematography and special effects as well as the Orange film of the year, which is chosen by the public.

Russell Crowe's Master And Commander was also one of the event's success stories – the film's four honours included best director, production design, costume and sound.

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Renee, a blonde bombshell in form-fitting Carolina Herrera, won the best supporting actress gong for her dressed-down role Cold MountainPhoto: © AFPy
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Talented teen Scarlett Johansson shows off her first best actress BAFTA and her dazzling Prada gownPhoto: © AFP

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