Rings movie Lords it over Potter at BAFTAs

Story by Jack Foley

PETER Jackson's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has cast its spell upon BAFTA members, securing 12 nominations for the glittering ceremony, to be held at London's Odeon Leicester Square on February 24. But the real winner was Baz Luhrmann's musical Moulin Rouge, which led the field with a colossal 13 nominations (although it remains to be seen whether that number will prove unlucky).

Another award hopeful, young Harry Potter, failed to cast any sort of spell over members, however, picking up just two nominations for major trophies.

The Brits also fared well, however, with Dame Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent each landing two nominations in the acting categories. Dame Judi is up for best actress for Iris and best supporting actress for The Shipping News, which opens in the UK in March. Broadbent is nominated for best actor in Iris, and best supporting actor for Moulin Rouge.

Of the major film categories, best film will see Moulin Rouge and Lord of the Rings battlling it out with Shrek, A Beautiful Mind and French language film Amelie for the prized accolade.

Iris is up for just six prizes but they are among the key awards. Its stars compete in all the acting categories with Kate Winslet up for best supporting actress and Hugh Bonneville competing for best supporting actor. The film is also up for best British movie and best adapted screenplay.

Most of the prizes are decided by the Bafta jury but movie-goers will be able to choose the Orange Audience Award from the top 10 box office hits of 2001. The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best film - Amelie; A Beautiful Mind; The Lord of the Rings; Moulin Rouge; Shrek.

The Alexander Korda award for outstanding British film - Bridget Jones' Diary; Gosford Park; Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone; Iris; Me Without You.

The Carl Foreman award for British newcomer - Steve Coogan/Henry Normal (The Parole Officer); Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park); Joel Hopkins/Nicola Usbourne (Jump Tomorrow); Ruth Kenley-Letts (Strictly Sinatra); Jack Lothian (Late Night Shopping); Richard Parry (South West 9).

The David Lean award for achievement in direction - Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet); A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard); Gosford Park (Robert Altman); Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson); Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann).

Best original screenplay - Amelie; Gosford Park; Moulin Rouge; The Others; The Royal Tenenbaums.

Best adapted screenplay - A Beautiful Mind; Bridget Jones' Diary; Iris; The Lord of the Rings; Shrek.

Best actress - Dame Judi Dench (Iris); Nicole Kidman (The Others); Sissy Spacek (In The Bedroom); Audrey Tautou (Amelie); Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones' Diary).

Best actor - Jim Broadbent (Iris); Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind); Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings); Kevin Spacey (The Shipping News); Tom Wilkinson (In The Bedroom).

Best supporting actress - Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind); Dame Judi Dench (The Shipping News); Helen Mirren (Gosford Park); Dame Maggie Smith (Gosford Park); Kate Winslet (Iris).

Best supporting actor - Hugh Bonneville (Iris); Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge); Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone); Colin Firth (Bridget Jones' Diary); Eddie Murphy (Shrek).