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 (2)
Most nominationsChicago and Gangs of New York (12)

The 56th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, took place on 23 February 2003 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2002. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2002.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Stephen Fry hosted the ceremony for the second consecutive year.

Winners and nominees

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 co-winner

BAFTA Fellowship

Main article: BAFTA Fellowship

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

Main article: BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

  • Fish Never Sleep – Gaëlle Denis
    • The ChubbChubbs! – Jacquie Barnbrook, Eric Armstrong and Jeff Wolverton
    • The Dog Who Was a Cat InsideAndrew Ruhemann, Siân Rees and Siri Melchoir
    • Sap – Lucie Wenigerová and Hyun-Joo Kim
    • Wedding Espresso – Jonathan Bairstow, Sandra Ensby and Lesley Glaister


See also


  1. ^ "Stars arrive for Baftas". BBC News. 23 February 2003. Retrieved 11 February 2024.
  2. ^ "Britain's big Bafta night as The Hours has the edge on Hollywood blockbusters". The Guardian. 24 February 2003. Retrieved 11 February 2024.
  3. ^ "'Pianist,' Kidman win BAFTAs". CNN International. 24 February 2003. Retrieved 11 February 2024.