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The 56th British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, took place on 23 February 2003 and honoured the best films of 2002.

56th British Academy Film Awards
Date23 February 2003
SiteOdeon Leicester Square
Hosted byStephen Fry
Best FilmThe Pianist
Best British FilmThe Warrior
Best ActorDaniel Day-Lewis
Gangs of New York
Best ActressNicole Kidman
The Hours
Most awardsChicago, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist, Road to Perdition, and Talk to Her (Hable con ella) (2)
Most nominationsChicago and Gangs of New York (12)

The Pianist won Best Film and Best Director for Roman Polanski. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Gangs of New York and Nicole Kidman won Best Actress for The Hours. Christopher Walken won Best Supporting Actor for Catch Me If You Can and Catherine Zeta-Jones won Best Supporting Actress for Chicago. The Warrior, directed by Asif Kapadia, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2002.

Winners and nomineesEdit

Roman Polanski, Best Director winner
Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor winner
Nicole Kidman, Best Actress winner
Christopher Walken, Best Supporting Actor winner
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Best Supporting Actress winner
Pedro Almodóvar, Best Original Screenplay winner
Charlie Kaufman, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Best Film Best Director

The Pianist

Roman PolanskiThe Pianist

Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Leading Role

Daniel Day-LewisGangs of New York

Nicole KidmanThe Hours

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Christopher WalkenCatch Me If You Can

Catherine Zeta-JonesChicago

Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay

Talk to Her (Hable con ella)Pedro Almodóvar

Adaptation.Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman

Best Cinematography Outstanding British Film

Road to Perdition

The Warrior

Best Original Music Best Sound

The HoursPhilip Glass


Best Production Design Best Special Visual Effects

Road to Perdition

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Best Costume Design Best Makeup and Hair

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


Best Editing Best Film Not in the English Language

City of God (Cidade de Deus)

Talk to Her (Hable con ella)

Best Short Animation Best Short Film

Fish Never Sleep

My Wrongs #8245–8249 & 117

  • Bouncer
  • Candy Bar Kid
  • Good Night
  • The Most Beautiful Man in the World
  • Rank

Award breakdownEdit