British critics name 'Gardener' No. 1

Jan. 31, 2006 at 7:11 PM

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- "The Constant Gardener" has taken the top London Evening Standard British Film Award and its star, Ralph Fiennes, was named best actor.

Natasha Richardson won best actress for her role in "Asylum" and Tom Hollander won the comedy prize for his role in "Pride and Prejudice," the BBC reported Tuesday. The awards are decided by a panel of Britain's top film critics.

Director Saul Dibb was named most promising newcomer for "Bullet Boy," Neil Marshall won the technical achievement award for directing "The Descent" and Mark O'Halloran was awarded for his screenplay for "Adam and Paul."

"Wallace and Gromit" creator Nick Park was honored for his overall contribution to British films.

"The Constant Gardener" has been nominated for 10 Baftas, the BBC noted.

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