Billy Elliot picks up three British film awards

BY Advocate.com Editors

February 27 2001 1:00 AM ET

Billy Elliot, the acclaimed film by gay director Stephen Daldry, picked up three top prizes at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards Sunday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Elliot won Best British Film, Best Actor, for 14-year-old star Jamie Bell, and Best Supporting Actress, for Julie Walters. “I was kind of thinking of not bothering to come—what was the point?” said Bell, acknowledging that his competition was Russell Crowe, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks, and Geoffrey Rush. The gay-inclusive film tells the story of a boy who wants to become a ballet dancer instead of a boxer like his father.

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