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Docudrama takes top British film award

Feb. 1, 2004 at 9:29 PM

LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The mountain climbing docudrama "Touching the Void" took top honors at the Evening Standard British Film Awards handed out in London Sunday night.

Oscar winning director Kevin MacDonald's film tells the story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates' 1985 ascent of the 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes and their terrifying descent.

"Touching the Void" beat out Richard Curtis' popular comedy "Love Actually" to take the top prize, the BBC reported.

The Best Actor award went to Paul Bettany for his roles in "Master and Commander" and "The Heart of Me", while Best Actress went to Emma Thompson for "Love Actually."

The next test for "Touching the Void" will come next month when it competes in the best film category at the BAFTA ceremony.

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