Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Pierre Vinet
Brian Hiatt
February 15, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

”The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” reigned at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, grabbing five prizes, including Best Picture. ”Lost in Translation,” meanwhile, scored best actor for Bill Murray and best actress for Scarlett Johansson. ”We were a bunch of Kiwis and some Australians making this film with American money,” ”Rings” director Peter Jackson said in accepting the best picture prize, according to British press reports. ”And we were always aware that we were looking after one of Britain?s most loved books.”

“Oh my God, this is really unexpected,” said Johansson, who had also been nominated for ”Girl With a Pearl Earring.” ”I want to thank my mother for supporting me and for being there for me and taking me for auditions and buying me hot dogs afterwards.” Johansson’s ”Lost” director, Sofia Coppola, accepted Bill Murray’s best actor award by reading a faxed thank you from the absent star.

Meanwhile, ”Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” won four awards, including best director for Peter Weir. ”Cold Mountain,” nominated for 13 awards, took home only 2: for best music and best supporting actress for Renée Zellweger. ”Love Actually”’s Bill Nighy grabbed the best supporting actor prize.

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