In the Public Eye

Evening Standard Film Awards
London, February 6, 2005

On Sunday night, the ever-swanky Savoy Hotel was the scene for the Evening Standard Film Awards. Colin Firth was called upon to present the Alexander Walker Special Award, named after the newspaper's late film critic, to Working Title founders Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, the makers of both Bridget Jones movies, Love Actually, as well as the upcoming Nanny McPhee.

In presenting the award, Colin praised Working Title "for reviving the British film industry, for quality film-making on both sides of the Atlantic and for my career." He also took the opportunity to jokingly jab at film rival Hugh Grant.

"With credentials like these we can forgive them for Hugh Grant," he joked.

Overall, Firth said of Working Title, "Their contribution to British cinema is unparalleled."

As a capper to the evening, the Evening Standard Readers' Film of 2004 then went to Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Firth.com's intrepid force of on-the-scene reporters caught both Colin and his wife Livia Giuggioli on their arrival at the hotel and mingled with guests inside.

Being swarmed by professional autograph hunters

More coverage, including the televised awards show itself, here

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