Date: 1st February 2001

Gladiator, Crouching Tiger Dominate BAFTA Nods

Gladiator and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon each scored 14 nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAS). The British-produced dance drama Billy Elliot received 11. The three films, along with Almost Famous and Erin Brockovich will compete for the BAFTA Best Film award when winners are announced at awards ceremonies on Feb. 25.

Other top award nominations: Best director: Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot), Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Traffic), Ridley Scott (Gladiator). Best actress: Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Best actor: Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Michael Douglas (Wonder Boys), Tom Hanks (Cast Away), Geoffrey Rush (Quills).

Source: Studio Briefing