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|55th British Academy Film Awards|
|Date||24 February 2002|
|Site||Odeon Leicester Square|
|Hosted by||Stephen Fry|
|Best Film||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring|
|Best British Film||Gosford Park|
|Best Actor||Russell Crowe
A Beautiful Mind
|Best Actress||Judi Dench
|Most awards||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (4)|
|Most nominations||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Moulin Rouge! (12)|
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring won Best Film, Best Director for Peter Jackson, Best Makeup and Hair, and Best Visual Effects. Russell Crowe won Best Actor for A Beautiful Mind, which also won Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Connelly. Judi Dench won Best Actress for Iris and Jim Broadbent won Best Supporting Actor for Moulin Rouge!. Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2001.
After winning the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Russell Crowe gave a speech in which he quoted a poem by Patrick Kavanagh. When the ceremony was broadcast, Crowe was upset that the poem was cut. He blamed the producer, Malcolm Gerrie, and confronted him about it. It was reported that the confrontation got physical and there was speculation that it would cost him the Academy Award for Best Actor.
The poem that was cut is a four line poem:
"To be a poet and not know the trade,
To be a lover and repel all women;
Twin ironies by which great saints are made,
The agonising pincer-jaws of heaven."