“The Hurt Locker” reigns over the BAFTAs

Like every other award show leading up to the Oscars, the BAFTAs are seen as a predictor for th March 7 telecast. The winners were announced tonight in London.

The Hurt Locker, Avatar, and An Education each received eight nominations. But it was ultimtely The Hurt Locker‘s night. The Iraq War thriller received six prizes: picture, director, original screenplay, editing, cinematography and sound.

Upon accepting her directing prize, Kathryn Bigelow said:

“What an honour. Especially to be in this room filled with so many incredibly talented people that I have admired and been inspired by for decades. I think the secret of directing is collaboration, and I was so, so lucky to have a wonderful cast and crew. Jeremy Renner is so incredibly talented, and a cinematographer who is a visual poet, and my incredible editors. This is really amazing and humbling and deeply moving, and I think we all felt a real responsibility to honour the men and women in the field and to honour a screenplay and a screenwriter who risked his life to capture the chaos and tragedy of war. I would like to dedicate this to never abandoning the resolution to find peace.”

Meanwhile, Fish Tank, a film that is one of my absolute favorites was named the Best British Film. Director Andrea Arnold said:

“This is really a great honour. Thank you to BAFTA and the jury; it really means a lot to be supported by your homies. I had this weird dream last night that I was on a campsite and trying to put a tent, and every time I found a nice place somebody else came and put up their tent and it felt really significant but I’m not sure why. Thank you to all the people who worked hard on this, and, er, God save the Queen and thank you.”

Also surprisingly, Jacques Audiard “A Prophet” beat out Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” for the “Best Film Not in the English Language.

Audiard said in his acceptance speech: “I’m going to try to say this quickly. This is the second time that BAFTA has awarded me this prize. I’m afraid that you’ll think I’m tired of it. I don’t want that to be the case; I’d like you to keep giving it to me regularly. I want to thank Optimum; if I have another son I will call him Optimum. If I have a daughter, I’ll call her BAFTA.”

Christophe Waltz and Mo’Nique continued their winning streaks in the supporting actor and actress categories. While Carey Mulligan and Colin Firth won Best Actress and Actor respectively. Are Mulligan’s and Firth’s wins a surpise over the other favorites? Maybe. This is the BAFTAs so they were more likely to win here than at any American award show.

And uh, Bella Swan Kristen Stewart won something. She beat out former Skins star Nicholas Hoult so I’m not taking this one well.

In other BAFTA news, Prince William has been named its new president, continuing a long royal tradition.

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BAFTA Awards: Another Sweep For Slumdog Millionaire

I’m going to be so happy after the Academy Awards because then I can finally stop posting about Slumdog Millionaire winning every award possible. It is kind of getting redundant and boring.

In addition to winning the WGA for Best Adapted Screenplay this weekend, Slumdog swept the BAFTAs, receiving 7 awards. Here is the complete list of BAFTA winners.

BEST FILM
Slumdog Millionaire

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Man on Wire

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD
for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film
Steve McQueen (Director/Writer) – Hunger

DIRECTOR
Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
In Bruges – Martin McDonagh

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
I’ve Loved You So Long – Yves Marmion, Philippe Claudel

ANIMATED FILM
WALL•E – Andrew Stanton

LEADING ACTOR
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

LEADING ACTRESS
Kate Winslet – The Reader

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona

The complete list of BAFTA Winners can be found here.

2009 BAFTA Nominees Announced

The British Academy of Film and Television announced their nominees today. Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button both received 11 nominations.

I think this is pretty indicative of who will be nominated for the Oscars.

Best Film
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon

Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Outstanding British Film
Hunger
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Man on Wire
Slumdog Millionaire

The Carl Foreman Award
for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film
Simon Chinn (Producer) – Man On Wire
Judy Craymer (Producer) – Mamma Mia!
Garth Jennings (Writer) – Son of Rambow
Steve McQueen (Director/Writer) – Hunger
Solon Papadopoulos, Roy Boulter (Producers) – Of Time And The City

Director
Changeling – Clint Eastwood
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – David Fincher
Frost/Nixon – Ron Howard
The Reader – Stephen Daldry
Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle

Original Screenplay
Burn After Reading – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Changeling – J. Michael Straczynski
I’ve Loved You So Long – Philippe Claudel
In Bruges – Martin McDonagh
Milk – Dustin Lance Black

Adapted Screenplay
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Eric Roth
Frost/Nixon – Peter Morgan
The Reader – David Hare
Revolutionary Road – Justin Haythe
Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy

Film Not in the English Language
The Baader Meinhof Complex – Bernard Eichinger, Uli Edel
Gomorrah – Domenico Procacci, Matteo Garrone
I’ve Loved You So Long – Yves Marmion, Philippe Claudel
Persepolis – Marc-Antoine Robert, Xavier Rigault, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Parannaud
Waltz With Bashir – Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahl Ieli, Ari Folman

Animated Film
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Parannaud
Wall•E – Andrew Stanton
Waltz With Bashir – Ari Folman

Leading Actor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Leading Actress
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long
Meryl Streep – Dioubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

Supporting Actor
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Brad Pitt – Burn After Reading

Supprting Actress
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Freida Pinto – Slumdog Millionaire
Tilda Swinton – Burn After Reading
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler

2008 BAFTA Awards: The Winners

 

The winners of last night BAFTA Awards are:
Best Film: Atonement
Best British Film: This Is England
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen – No Country For Old Men
Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody – Juno
Best Adapted Screenplay: Ronald Harwood – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Film Not In the English Language: The Lives of Others
Animated Film: Ratatouille
Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Leading Actress: Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men
Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

2007 BAFTA Awards

The 2007 BAFTA Awards were held in London tonight.

The Queen won Best Picture as did its star, Helen Mirren, making pretty clear that she will win the Academy Award in two weeks.

Forest Whitaker was named Best Actor, beating out Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed), Peter O’Toole (Venus), and Richard Griffiths (The History Boys).

The Last King of Scotland also received Outstanding British Film of the Year and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Paul Greengrass received Best Director for United 93.

He said that cinema must “deal with the way the world is and the dangers there are. We need it very much now.”

Casino Royale was awarded for Best Sound, while Eva Green, who plays Bond’s love interest was received the Orange Rising Star Award.

Pan’s Labyrinth received three BAFTA awards — Best Film not in the English Language, Best Costume Design, and Best Make-up and Hair. Pan’s Labyrinth is going to be the big winner at the upcoming Oscars; I’d put money on it.

Jennifer Hudson was named Best Supporting Actress, but Alan Arkin won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Little Miss Sunshine.

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