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:: Spotlight :: Video Ezy Entertainment Awards - winners and photos

By: Elle Halliwell

Winners of this year’s Video Ezy Entertainment Awards were announced at an inaugural star-studded ceremony held at the NIDA Parade Theatre in Sydney.

The event kicked off with a red carpet cocktail party attended by the who’s who of the Home Entertainment Industry including presenters Bill “Mr Movies” Collins, Rebekah Elmaloglou, ‘At the Movies’ hosts Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, Fenella Kernebone and Marc Fennell of “The Movie Show”, TV presenter Hayley Chapman, and the Movie Network's Penne Dennison.

The Awards, aimed at recognising movies that people loved watching at home in 2004, also raised $20,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. The much needed funds will go towards making life brighter for seriously ill children around Australia.

Louise Baxter, National Strategy & Business Manager, Starlight Children’s Foundation said: “The funds we received from Video Ezy will go towards granting the wishes of some of the many seriously ill children who are waiting to have a little magic in their lives. We are very grateful to Video Ezy, and look forward to a continued association in future.”

Hosted by comedians Scared Weird Little Guys, the night was kept upbeat with presenters asked to bestow winners of each of the 10 categories with an award. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King dominated the night, winning five of the 10 categories including Best Picture 2004.

Category winners were:

Best DVD Release 2004
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (4-Disc Edition)
Roadshow Entertainment

Best Picture 2004
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Roadshow Entertainment

Best Duo 2004
Frodo And Sam (Elijah Wood & Sean Astin) - The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Roadshow Entertainment

Best Hero 2004
Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) - The Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Best Heroine 2004
The Bride (Uma Thurman) Kill Bill Volume 1
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Best Villain 2004
Gollum (Andy Serkis) - The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Roadshow Entertainment

Best Breakthrough Performance 2004
Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas) - Shrek 2
Universal Pictures Video

Best Performance By An Animal 2004
Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) Finding Nemo
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Best Action Sequence 2004
The Battle For Minas Tirith- The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Roadshow Entertainment

Best Chick Flick 2004
50 First Dates
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Following the Award ceremony, attendees were treated to an unforgettable after party, with a surprise guest performance by songstress Christine Anu, accompanied by piano men Howl at the Moon.