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The Full Mirror.

BRITAIN'S biggest winner at last night's Oscars outshone stars like Kate Winslet, Judi Dench and Helena Bonham Carter. The name?...it was The Mirror.

The nation's favourite newspaper was given The Full Monty treatment as over one billion people in more than 100 countries watched the bash on TV.

Inside Hollywood's Shrine Auditorium you could hear the cheer as the 5,500 guests were treated to a two-minute clip from the hit movie about male strippers.

The Mirror "stars" in the scene where Gaz, played by Robert Carlyle auditions potential strippers.

Tom Wilkinson, who plays snobby Gerald, buries his head and starts reading his copy of the paper when Hugo Speer (Guy) is going through his paces.

I was thrilled when I saw Jack Nicholson, Sean Connery, Arnie and Madonna roar their approval.

Full Monty star Paul Barber (Horse) told me afterwards: "I couldn't believe it. We were sitting there at the start and they flash up a scene from the film ... and it's the one in which you see The Mirror.

"There you go - The Mirror was seen at the Oscars!"

But sadly that was about the only highlight for Britons at the 70th Academy Awards.

The Oscar haul we had all hoped for was as doomed as Mike Atherton's captaincy.

Kate Winslet, Judi Dench and Helena Bonham Carter lost the best actress trophy to brilliant As Good As It Gets star Helen Hunt. The Fully Monty won only one of its four nominations.

But our British stars went on to conquer all-comers at the post award parties. The Full Monty team including stars Mark Addy, Paul Barber and Hugo Speer, 29, were unstoppable.

They drained the bar of their luxury white stretch limo when it took too long to skip from one bash to another.

"I don't know where my personal Oscar got to," joked Paul Barber. "Perhaps it's in the post."

Musical mastermind

behind Monty winner

SHE'S the British woman who became our only champion at last night's bash.

Yet until now most of us had never heard of Anne Dudley, who won an Oscar for her soundtrack to The Full Monty.

In fact she's one of the most famous women behind the scenes of British pop.

She has worked with superstars Elton John, Phil Collins, Pulp and even the Spice Girls.

Yesterday Anne, 42, could barely conceal her joy as she clutched her precious statuette.

"It's a really fantastic movie," she beamed. "I knew that from the first rough screening I saw. I'm just so pleased that the rest of the world has seen what I saw in it."

Music execs know Anne for her scores on films such as Buster and The Crying Game but she's also been a pop star in her own right.

She formed the 1980s techno-band The Art Of Noise, joined forces with guitar legend Duane Eddy and hit number eight in 1986 with the single Peter Gunn.

Anne is also the mastermind behind hit TV show themes Kavanagh QC, Jeeves And Wooster, Anna Lee and Crime Traveller.

And her plan for that Oscar? "I think it's going on the mantelpiece."

Who won what

SAILING off with 11 Oscars, Titanic equalled the record set in 1959 by Ben Hur. And though obviously euphoric, director James Cameron fittingly called for a few moments' silence to remember the 1,500 people who died in the tragedy that inspired his triumph. Here are the winners:

BEST FILM: Titanic

BEST ACTOR: Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets)

BEST ACTRESS: Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kim Basinger (LA Confidential)

BEST DIRECTOR: James Cameron (Titanic)

ORIGINAL FILM SCORE: The Full Monty (Anne Dudley)

COSTUMES: Titanic (Deborah L Scott)

SOUND and SOUND EFFECTS EDITING: Titanic

ORIGINAL SCORE: Titanic (James Horner)

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Titanic (Russell Carpenter)

ORIGINAL SONG: Titanic: My Heart Will Go On (James Horner and Will Jennings)

FILM EDITING: Titanic

ART DIRECTION: Titanic

VISUAL EFFECTS: Titanic

SCREENPLAY ADAPTATION: LA Confidential (Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Good Will Hunting (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon)

SHORT FILM: Visas And Virtue

MAKE-UP: Men In Black

ANIMATED SHORT: Geri's Game (Jan Pinkava)

SHORT DOCUMENTARY: A Story of Healing

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: The Long Way Home

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Character (Netherlands)

STARS WHO

READ THE

LAST NIGHT

AMONG the stars who saw The Mirror's starring role were:

Ben Affleck, Antonio Banderas, Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Caine, Cher, Julie Christie, Sean Connery, Geena Davis, Judi Dench, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Celine Dion, Robert Duvall, Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Charlton Heston, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Lemmon, Madonna, Walter Matthau, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Burt Reynolds, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Claudia Schiffer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Denzel Washington, Raquel Welch, Robin Williams, Kate Winslet and Catherine Zeta Jones.

AND COUNTRIES THAT TUNED IN

AMONG the countries which took the Oscars live were:

Afghanistan, Denmark, Bulgaria, Albania, Argentina, Czech Republic, Australia, Brazil, Egypt Austria, Canada, Germany, Finland, Chile, France, China, Colombia, Croatia and Belgium.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Wright, Matthew
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 25, 1998
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