Hollywood Storms London for the British Academy Awards
February 20, 2006

The stars took London by storm this weekend when they arrived on the rain-soaked red carpet for the British Academy of Film Awards. George Clooney braved the chilly weather and signed autographs for a bevy of screaming fans.

The heartthrob arrived at the ceremony dateless, but joked, "I had David Strathairn as a date and then he brought his wife. What was that about?"

But Clooney doesn't plan on being lonely all awards season. He has a special date in mind for Oscar night: his burly Italian bodyguard! "Giovanni, maybe I'll bring him," the jokester said. "He's not a good kisser, but he is a very good cuddler."

Meanwhile, a stunning Charlize Theron also strutted down the red carpet solo, and then shocked Best Supporting Actor winner Jake Gyllenhaal with a big, wet congratulatory kiss. "It's just awesome. I totally didn't expect it," Gyllenhaal told us.

"Brokeback Mountain" took home the Best Film honors, but Jake's costar, Heath Ledger, lost in the Best Actor category to Philip Seymour Hoffman for his role in "Capote."

"It's a great honor, and it feels right," Hoffman said.

Best Supporting Actor nominee, Matt Dillon, attended the awards show for the first time. He didn't take home any awards, but fellow "Crash" star, Thandie Newton, snagged one for Best Supporting Actress.

"Thank you, and I didn't even get you guys anything," Newton said as she accepted her award in surprise.

 Next up: the Oscars. And you can bet "Extra" will take you there!


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