While The Pianist got the Academy’s vote for Best Film, moviegoers showed their support for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers at this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards, held last night at the Odeon in Leicester Square. In addition to picking up BAFTA awards in the categories Costume Design and Achievement in Special Visual Effects, the second instalment in the Rings trilogy was named the Orange Film of the Year, the only award voted on by the cinema going public.
Fish Never Sleep won in the Short Animation category. Directed by Gaëlle Denis, the 6-minute film focuses on an insomniac named Naeko, who lives near the big fish market in Tokyo.
The Academy Fellowship, the highest accolade bestowed in recognition of an outstanding contribution to world cinema, was given to film producer Saul Zaentz. Zaentz’s credits include the original animated version of The Lord of the Rings, the Oscar-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, Mosquito Coast, The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The English Patient. Previous recipients include Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Ingmar Bergman, Steven Speilberg, Albert Finney and Elizabeth Taylor.
Sponsored by Orange for the sixth year running, the Orange British Academy Film Awards were produced by Initial (part of Endemol UK) and hosted for a third year by Stephen Fry.