‘Master’ lord of London

Crix shut out last 'The Lord of the Rings' pic

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Russell Crowe starrer “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” scooped three honors at the 24th London Film Critics’ Circle awards, including the Variety-sponsored film of the year, on Wednesday night. But, in a surprise snub, the critics shut out “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” which has already picked up a slew of prizes, including four Golden Globes last month, and is hotly tipped in the Oscar race. “Master and Commander” co-star Paul Bettany picked up British actor kudos, while the pic’s John Collee and helmer Peter Weir were honored as joint screenwriters. “The British are an island race, which is probably why ‘Master and Commander’ swept the board,” said William Russell, chairman of the Critics’ Circle, comprised of 100 British newspaper and magazine critics. Clint Eastwood took the director category for “Mystic River,” beating “LOTR’s” Peter Jackson, Weir, Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven”) and Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo”). Sean Penn won actor of the year for his role in “Mystic River.” Julianne Moore won actress honors for “Far From Heaven.” Romantic comedy “Love Actually” drew British supporting actress (Emma Thompson) and British supporting actor (Bill Nighy) nods. “The Magdalene Sisters,” about girls incarcerated by the Catholic Church in 1960s Ireland, won the Attenborough Award for British film; its helmer Peter Mullan took British director. And the winners are…

British director of the year
Peter Mullan, “The Magdalene Sisters” Director of the year
Clint Eastwood, “Mystic River” British Film of the Year the Attenborough Award
“The Magdalene Sisters” Film of the Year sponsored by Variety
“Master and Commander” British Newcomer
David Mackenzie, “Young Adam” British Screenwriter
David Hare, “The Hours” Screenwriter
John Collee/Peter Weir, “Master and Commander” British actress of the year
Anne Reid, “The Mother” British actress in a supporting role
Emma Thompson, “Love, Actually” Actress of the year
Julianne Moore, “Far From Heaven” British actor of the year
Paul Bettany, “Master and Commander” Actor of the year
Sean Penn, “Mystic River” British actor in a supporting role
Bill Nighy, “Love, Actually” Foreign Film
“Good Bye, Lenin!” Dilys Powell Award for outstanding contribution to cinema
Actor Tom Courtenay The Critics’ Circle Special Award
Director Ronald Neame