Peter Crouch was the life and soul of the Stoke FC Christmas party - crouching
down to line dance with his teammates.
Yet as Salman Rushdie suggested recently in The New York Times, a crop of new and popular international films, most notably Ang Lee's "shoestring" $15 million epic, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, might take U.S.
While Crouching Tiger was indeed fine fare, its success had nothing to do with its purported similarity to the art-house films favored by the critics decades ago.
Best film - Almost Famous; Billy Elliot; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Erin Brockovich; Gladiator.
The David Lean Award for best director - Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot); Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich); Ridley Scott (Gladiator); Steven Soderbergh (Traffic).
Best adapted screenplay - Chocolat (Robert Nelson Jacobs); Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (James Schamus/Wang Hui-Ling/Tsai Kuo-Jung); High Fidelity (D V De Vincentis/Steve Pink/John Cusack/Scott Rosenberg); Traffic (Stephen Gaghan); Wonder Boys (Steve Kloves).
Best actress - Juliette Binoche (Chocolat); Kate Hudson (Almost Famous); Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich); Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry); Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
ROBOKOP: Crouch's famous dance' WHERE THERE'S A WILLS: Peter Crouch, pictured with Prince William, must rekindle his England double act with Michael Owen (left)' CROUCHING
LION: England striker Peter Crouch fires home a penalty in yesterday's training session ahead of tomorrow's warm-up friendly with Jamaica