LONDON (AP) -- Epic fantasy reigned supreme at the Orange British Academy Film Awards, where "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" won five awards, including best film and best director for its New Zealand filmmaker, Peter Jackson.
The same film has the most nominations -- 13 -- for next month's Academy Awards in Los Angeles, although Baftas, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, haven't always been a reliable bellwether for eventual Oscars.
Best actor and actress awards went, respectively, to Russell Crowe, who plays a schizophrenic scientist in "A Beautiful Mind," and Judi Dench, who plays a celebrated novelist afflicted with Alzheimer's in "Iris."
While Dench's screen husband in "Iris," Jim Broadbent, lost in the best actor category to Crowe, he won a supporting actor Bafta for playing the furious showman in Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge."
The supporting actress prize Sunday went to Oscar front-runner Jennifer Connelly, who plays Crowe's wife in "A Beautiful Mind." The lone American nominee up against four Englishwomen, Connelly said she was "really shocked and very much honored" to win.
The Academy Fellowship -- Bafta's highest honor -- went to actor-director-producer Warren Beatty.
Turner talks about men
BOSTON (AP) -- If you're male and still in your 20s, don't even think about flirting with Kathleen Turner.
"I shouldn't make blanket generalizations, but I will," she told the Boston Globe in Sunday's editions. "I can appreciate a nicely formed bod as much as anyone. But men, until about the age of 29, lack conversation."
Turner, the star of such films as "Body Heat," "Prizzi's Honor," and "Romancing the Stone," has returned to the stage for an adaptation of "The Graduate."
At 47, Turner is 11 years older than Anne Bancroft when she played Mrs. Robinson, the woman who seduces Benjamin Braddock in the story. This time, Jason Biggs plays the role made famous by Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 film.
Turner said her latest role is an attempt to push the limits of female sexuality and power.
"Hollywood tells us women past a certain age can't be alluring," she said. "Well, to hell with them. We are."
Garrett on the comeback trail
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett is on the comeback trail -- slowly and gratefully.
Garrett, 40, has begun singing and touring with F8, a hard rock quartet that also features Chuck Billings, Joe Gaines and Darrel D'Arnold. A debut CD is in the works.
A pinup in the '70s, Garrett is starting small with his newest career after his drug addiction troubles, and that suits him fine.
"I've toured arenas first and now I'm doing clubs. I've always done things backward in my life," he told The Star- Ledger of Newark in Friday's editions.
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