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by | 20th, February 2006

‘“BRITISH film-makers are devastated,” says the Sun, and we wonder why?

Is it because they’ve realised that British films are a) mawkish provincial flicks sets in mawkish provincial towns; b) historically accurate flicks in a mawkish countryside setting; c) “The funniest British film of the year”; or d) Trainspotting.

Or is it because at last night’s Bafta awards Hollywood won the lot?

British stars of The Constant Gardener, Raith Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, were “ignored” in the best actor and actress categories.

The best actress was deemed to be Reese Witherspoon (American) for her role in Walk The Line, a film about Johnny Cash (American). And the best actor prize went to Philip Seymour Hoffman (American) for his portrayal of Truman Capote (American).

“We’re heart broke,” says the Sun’s headline, a pun on the film Brokeback Mountain (set somewhere in America) which won the best film prize and best actor prize for Jake Gyllenhaal (American).

And we are angry. This, as the Mail says, was the “Not so British Film Awards”. This was an American “luvvy-in”.

Clutching his award for best direction by a Briton for Pride and Prejudice (British film category b), Joe Wright (British) has a few words for the prize givers (British).

“I think there is something wrong in the British psyche that we find it hard to support each other sometimes,” says he. ‘I think as an industry in Britain we have to take care of each other a little bit more.”

But before the group hug can begin, we read that the award for British Film of the Year was won by a British film. Well done Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Ware-Rabbit – the funniest British film since the last one, and the best actors this side of Sesame Street…’

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