Iris and Altman share the critics' honours

Story by Jack Foley

INDIELONDON film favourites Iris and Gosford Park were recognised with top awards at the 22nd awards of the London Film Critics Circle on Wednesday night (February 13, 2002).

Award favourite Dame Judi Dench picked up an award for best British actress for her performance in the biopic about British novelist Iris Murdoch, while Helen Mirren was named best British Actress in a supporting role for her acclaimed performances in Gosford Park and Last Orders.

Altman's star-studded Gosford Park was also named as British film of the year, beating off competition from World War II thriller Enigma.

The announcement of the awards capped a memorable week for the British stars involved, as Dame Judi, Mirren and Altman all received nods from the Oscars on Monday.

However, another British Oscar hopeful, Jim Broadbent, missed out on the Best Actor gong on the night, which went to Scot Ewan McGregor for his performance in Moulin Rouge (which, ironically, co-starred Broadbent).

Moulin Rouge was one of the night's biggest winners overall, however, with McGregor's co-star, Nicole Kidman, being named actress of the year at the glittering ceremony.

Baz Luhrmann's colourful movie then completed a memorable hat-trick by also being named film of the year.

Other notable award winners were Colin Farrell, who won British newcomer of the year for his role in the superb Tigerland, and Helen Fielding, Richard Curtis and Andrew Davies were honoured as British screenwriters of the year for comedy hit Bridget Jones' Diary (both of which featured in Indielondon's top 10 films of 2001).

The foreign film of the year went to French film Amelie.