South Bank Awards Show

Last Update: 27 January 2003


 Sean at the South Bank Awards Show, Savoy Hotel (London) 21 January 2003
Photo from Rex Features (Photographer: Richard Young)

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Source: The Evening Standard (London)
January 21, 2003

South Bank award confirms singer is Dynamite
BY: Luke Leitch

MS DYNAMITE added yet another prize to her growing collection today by winning the Pop award at the South Bank Show Awards.

The Kentish Town singer - real name Niomi McLean-Daley - has already won the Mercury Prize and has been nominated for four Brit Awards thanks to her debut album A Little Deeper. The pregnant singer picked up her award
at a ceremony at The Savoy, where many stars were also honoured for their achievements in the arts in 2002.

Among the celebrities present, including Bond girl Rosamund Pike and director Ken Russell, Stella McCartney presented Anish Kapoor with an award for his epic Tate Modern sculpture, Marsyas. The 155-metre installation runs
the length of Turbine Hall and is the biggest sculpture in the world.

Kapoor won despite competition from Lucian Freud, who had a major retrospective last year, and Jake and Dinos Chapman, whose new art collection was bought by Charles Saatchi for £1million.

The controversial programme Bloody Sunday, written and directed by Paul Greengrass, claimed the TV drama award which was due to be presented by Sean Bean, currently playing Macbeth in the West End.

Director Stephen Frears won the cinema award for Dirty Pretty Things, while stage director-turnedfilmmaker Sam Mendes was rewarded for his swansong productions at London's Donmar Warehouse of Uncle Vanya and Twelfth

The comedy prize went to BBC2's The League Of Gentlemen and Sir Tom Stoppard picked up the award for outstanding contribution to the arts. The event will be shown on ITV1 on Sunday at 10.45pm.

Source: The Guardian
Tuesday January 21, 2003

Bloody Sunday named best drama
John Plunkett

Bloody Sunday, one of ITV's most controversial films of recent years, picked up the drama prize at the South Bank Show awards today.

The critically acclaimed £4m drama, starring James Nesbit, was watched by 3.5 million viewers last year.

The director, Paul Greengrass, paid tribute to Nesbit, who played Protestant MP and civil rights campaigner Ivan Cooper, at today's ceremony.

"I admire him as an actor but most of all I admire him as a man," said Greengrass, who thanked ITV's former director of programmes, David Liddiment, and said the network was "still the best place to tell difficult stories".
The South Bank Show prize is the latest in a string of awards for the docudrama, which was also given a limited UK cinema release.

Bloody Sunday won a Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival and picked up four Irish Film and Television Academy awards, including best feature film.

However, it failed in its bid be considered for an Oscar nomination.

The film was shot in a hand-held camera, documentary style and was criticised by some viewers, who felt its interpretation of the killing of 14 people during a civil rights march 30 years ago was partisan and pro-British. "This event goes back to the root of the troubles," Mr Greengrass said last year.

"To the best of our knowledge, it is true. There will be people who hate this film but I stand by it totally."

Also at today's South Bank Show awards BBC2's The League of Gentlemen picked up the comedy prize, pipping Perrier award-winner Daniel Kitson and standup Omid Djalili.

Sarah Waters, whose Tipping the Velvet was adapted by Andrew Davies for BBC2, won the literature prize for Fingersmith and the film award went to Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things.

Ms Dynamite won the pop gong while Anish Kapoor picked up the visual award for Marsyas, his turbine hall installation at Tate Modern.

The other awards were for theatre (Sam Mendes - Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya); classical music (pianist Paul Lewis - Schubert Piano Sonata Series); Opera (Graham Vick - Fidelio); dance (Jonathan Cope - Mayerling, Carmen and Tryst); and outstanding achievement (Tom Stoppard).

The awards will be shown on ITV at 10.45pm this Sunday.



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