While the Feb. 23 BAFTAs recognize movie work on both sides of the Atlantic, this weekend’s 2002 Evening Standard Film Awards, sponsored by a British newspaper, limits its honorees to British films and talent only, PEOPLE reports from London’s Savoy Hotel.
Hugh Grant, presenting the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy to Terry Gilliam’s documentary “Lost in La Mancha” (about an aborted Don Quixote movie project), admitted at the podium: “It’s hard to tell you how brilliant and unique the film that has won is because I haven’t actually seen it.”
With his typical deadpan delivery, Grant, 42, was only able to announce the name of one of the film’s three producers because a cameraman’s head was blocking his teleprompter.
“I wish I had an envelope because I can’t remember the other names,” said Grant. (After the ceremony, the “Two Weeks Notice” actor said his rumored romance with costar Sandra Bullock is “all tosh.”)
“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe, 13, presented the award for technical achievement to “Nicholas Nickleby” production designer Eve Stewart, who declared after picking up her trophy: “Wait till I tell my three girls I just kissed Harry Potter.”
Appearing via video link from Los Angeles, “Chicago” best actress winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is Welsh (her costar Renee Zellweger is from Texas), said, “Receiving this award in my homeland means so much to me.” Zeta-Jones, 33, then concluded with a phrase in Welsh.
The best actor award went to Chiwetel Ejiofor, for “Dirty Pretty Things.”