Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich was named film of the year at the 21st London Film Critics' Circle awards last night, held at London's Savoy Hotel. The film also bagged prizes in the director and screenwriter of the year categories, for Jonze and Charlie Kaufman respectively. Christopher Nolan, meanwhile, picked up the British screenwriter of the year award for Memento, while Stephen Daldry was named British director of the year for breakout hit Billy Elliot.
Ang Lee's Oscar favourite Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - the most successful subtitled picture of all time in the UK - bagged the foreign language film of the year award.
Billy Elliot, which this week received three Oscar nominations, racked up five prizes including British film of the year. Jamie Bell, the film's star, also picked up the British newcomer award.
Julia Roberts was named actress of the year for her role in Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich, while Russell Crowe picked up the actor of the year prize for Ridley Scott's Gladiator.
In the British actor categories, Jim Broadbent picked up the British actor prize for his role in Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy and Julie Walters was named best actress for Billy Elliot. Samantha Morton was given the supporting actress prize for her role in Woody Allen's Sweet And Lowdown, while Albert Finney picked up the supporting actor award for his role in Erin Brockovich. Veteran actor Richard Harris also received a special achievement award.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
FILM OF THE YEAR
Being John Malkovich
BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Spike Jonze, Being John Malkovich
BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Russell Crowe, Gladiator
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich
BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Jim Broadbent, Topsy Turvy
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Julie Walters, Billy Elliot
BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich
BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Samantha Morton, Sweet & Lowdown
BRITISH NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Jamie Bell, Billy Elliot
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Charlie Kaufman, Being John Malkovich
BRITISH SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Christopher Nolan, Memento
BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Greg Brenman & Jonathan Finn, Billy Elliot
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD