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Post by Admin on Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:47 am

‘Education,’ ‘Basterds’ lead BAFTA longlists
Posted by Guy Lodge · 5:22 am · January 7th, 2010

Carey Mulligan an An EducationTwo weeks before revealing its nominations, BAFTA reveals longlists of 15 contenders in each category from which the eventual five nominees will be chosen. (Switch those numbers to five and three in the Animated Feature race.)

Vague as the lists are, a couple of telling trends stand out. It’s been clear for some time that “An Education” is the film to beat at this years BAFTAs. Like the group’s last three Best Film winners — “The Queen,” “Atonement” and “Slumdog Millionaire” — Lone Scherfig’s film is a mainstream British effort that has U.S. awards traction, allowing them to remain patriotic while fulfilling their recent Oscar-aping remit.

So it’s no surprise that “An Education” leads the longlists with 17 mentions — seven of them in the acting races. Close behind is “Inglourious Basterds,” with 15 bids, while “The Hurt Locker” manages 12.

As usual, however, BAFTA sidelines British fare that doesn’t have a high American awards profile, which is why “Bright Star” and “Fish Tank,” despite appearing on longlists for directing, writing and acting, aren’t among the 15 titles vying for a Best Film nod. (But two Clint Eastwood films are. Sigh.) Rather miraculously, “Moon” made the cut, at least.

There’s also a clue in the shortlists as to which of the group’s Best Foreign Language Film nominees is best-positioned for the win. “A Prophet” pops up in the directing and writing longlists; “The White Ribbon” is nowhere to be seen.

The BAFTA longlists for the top categories are below. The asterisks, by the way, denote the top selections of each category’s own voting branch or Chapter. The nominees tend to mostly — though not completely — line up with these, so it’s interesting to see such strong directors’ Chapter support for Neill Blomkamp and Jacques Audiard.

Also, a reminder that the BAFTA voting system is actually the reverse of the American Academy’s: from these longlists, the entire membership votes on the nominees. The winners, however, are voted on by members of the relevant branch/Chapter only. (Best Film excepted, of course.)

You can find the full list on their site here.

Best Film
“District 9″
“An Education”
“Gran Torino”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“The Road”
“A Serious Man”
“A Single Man”
“Star Trek”
“Up in the Air”

Best Director
James Cameron, “Avatar” *
Jane Campion, “Bright Star”
Neill Blomkamp, “District 9″ *
Lone Scherfig, “An Education” *
Andrea Arnold, “Fish Tank”
Clint Eastwoo, “Gran Torino”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker” *
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
Clint Eastwood, “Invictus”
Duncan Jones, “Moon”
Lee Daniels, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Jacques Audiard, “A Prophet” *
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “A Serious Man”
Pete Docter, “Up”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”

Best Actor
Aaron Johnson (John Lennon), “Nowhere Boy”
Andy Serkis (Ian Dury), “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” *
Ben Whishaw (John Keats), “Bright Star”
Brad Pitt (Lt. Aldo Raine), “Inglourious Basterds”
Clint Eastwood (Walt Kowalski), “Gran Torino”
Colin Firth (George), “A Single Man” *
George Clooney (Ryan Bingham), “Up in the Air” *
Jeff Bridges (Bad Blake), “Crazy Heart”
Jeremy Renner (SSgt. William James), “The Hurt Locker” *
Michael Sheen (Brian Clough), “The Damned United”
Morgan Freeman (Nelson Mandela), “Invictus” *
Peter Capaldi (Malcolm Tucker), “In the Loop”
Peter Sarsgaard (David), “An Education”
Sam Rockwell (Sam Bell), “Moon”
Viggo Mortensen (Man), “The Road”

Best Actress
Abbie Cornish (Fanny Brawne), “Bright Star” *
Amy Adams (Julie Powell), “Julie & Julia”
Audrey Tautou (Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel), “Coco Before Chanel”
Carey Mulligan (Jenny), “An Education” *
Emily Blunt (Queen Victoria), “The Young Victoria”
Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” *
Helen Mirren (Sofya Tolstoy), “The Last Station”
Katie Jarvis (Mia), “Fish Tank”
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Jean Craddock), “Crazy Heart”
Marion Cotillard (Luisa Contini), “Nine”
Melanie Laurent (Shosanna Dreyfus), “Inglourious Basterds”
Meryl Streep (Jane), “It’s Complicated”
Meryl Streep (Julia Child), “Julie & Julia” *
Penelope Cruz (Lena), “Broken Embraces”
Saoirse Ronan (Susie Salmon), “The Lovely Bones” *

Best Supporting Actor
Aaron Wolff (Danny Gopnik), “A Serious Man”
Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape), “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
Alec Baldwin (Jake), “It’s Complicated”
Alfred Molina (Jack), “An Education” *
Anthony Mackie (Sgt. JT Sanborn), “The Hurt Locker”
Brian Geraghty (Specialist Owen Eldridge), “The Hurt Locker”
Christian McKay (Orson Welles), “Me and Orson Welles” *
Christoph Waltz (Col. Landa), “Inglourious Basterds” *
Christopher Plummer (Leo Tolstoy), “The Last Station” *
Dominic Cooper (Danny), “An Education”
Matt Damon (Francois Pienaar), “Invictus”
Stanley Tucci (Mr Harvey), “The Lovely Bones” *
Stanley Tucci (Paul Child), “Julie & Julia”
Timothy Spall (Peter Taylor), “The Damned United”
Zachary Quinto (Spock), “Star Trek”

Best Supporting Actress
Anna Kendrick (Natalie Keener), “Up in the Air”
Anne-Marie Duff (Julia), “Nowhere Boy” *
Claire Danes (Sonja Jones), “Me and Orson Welles”
Diane Kruger (Bridget von Hammersmark), “Inglourious Basterds”
Emma Thompson (Headmistress), “An Education”
Julianne Moore (Charley), “A Single Man” *
Kristin Scott Thomas (Mimi), “Nowhere Boy” *
Mariah Carey (Mrs Weiss), “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Mo’Nique (Mary), “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” *
Olivia Williams (Miss Stubbs), “An Education”
Penelope Cruz (Carla), “Nine”
Rachel Weisz (Abigail Salmon), “The Lovely Bones”
Rosamund Pike (Helen), “An Education” *
Susan Sarandon (Grandma Lynn), “The Lovely Bones”
Vera Farmiga (Alex Goran), “Up in the Air”

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Post by Admin on Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:56 pm

Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Viggo Mortensen: BAFTA 2010 Longlists
by Steve Montgomery | Jan 8, 2010

Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw in Bright Star


Things get a little more international in the BAFTAs’ acting categories. Talent in non-Hollywood films include Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, above), Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Emma Thompson, and Dominic Cooper (An Education), Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer (The Last Station), Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall (The Damned United), Penelope Cruz (Broken Embraces), Audrey Tautou (Coco Before Chanel), Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy), and Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank).

But where’s Michael Fassbender? He’s nowhere to be found for his work in Fish Tank, but Zachary Quinto is in there for Star Trek.

A few of us at Alt Film Guide have wondered why BAFTA hasn’t changed the name of their trophies to The Hollywood Europe Awards.

The BAFTA nominations will be announced on January 21. The BAFTA ceremony will take place on Feb. 21.

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Post by Admin on Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:34 pm

The Orange/BAFTA Rising Star Awards
Checking out the runners and riders for this year's next-sure-thing award.

Elbowing aside the huddled Londoners queuing in the snow for their rations of black bread and vodka, the cineastical press pack descended on BAFTA’s Piccadilly HQ on Tuesday to see the seal officially broken on this year’s UK awards season with the nominations for The Orange Rising Star Award 2010.

The breakfast buffet duly demolished, the assorted eggy-tied celeb journos, directional young film crews and lavender film critics stuffed their pockets with gratis pastries and gathered to hear the shortlist for the sole BAFTA award to be decided on by that barometer of all things good and decent, The Public (if only Orange had taken as much notice of the masses when they replaced the nice posh voicemail lady with that new one who’s far too flipping chummy for our liking. But that’s a different rant altogether).

Happily, and despite the risks associated with allowing the Great Unwashed a say in anything (see: the National Television Awards), in the five years since its inception, the ORSA has proved a spookily accurate oracle when it comes to predicting big things for its winners. James McAvoy’s wiry charm,
the smoky intensity of Eva Green, Noel Clarke’s restless energy and Shia Laboeuf have all been celebrated.

This year’s nominations don’t quite live up to 2009, when the shortlist included not only Clarke but also the phenomenal Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Hall, but there’s enough to twist the melons of many a film fan. They are:
Jesse Eisenberg

Michael Cera was nominated last year, so he was out even if starring in Year One hadn’t already settled his hash. As World Number 2 in the Hesitant Geek stakes, Eisenberg is the go-to guy for 2010.

Nicholas Hoult
Swooning and sighs greeted Hoult’s A Single Man clip, and grown men/women wondered aloud how the wide eyed innocent from About a Boy had turned into a young Robert Redford as styled by Andy Warhol. Fortunately, Hoult was the only nominee with the good grace to actually turn up, so we all got to see that he is still actually the coltish wee lad beloved of Quality Street-wielding aunties everywhere.

Carey Mulligan
The semi-words ‘obv’ and ‘natch’ spring to mind, Mulligan having been last year’s major find in An Education. The only question is whether, after the six months she’s had, there’s any room left on her mantelpiece for another award.

Tahar Rahim
Fortuitous timing for Rahim, whose breakout role in LWLies favourite A Prophet will be seen in the UK this January. The most exciting nomination in the pack, Rahim’s performance has been somewhat overshadowed by his stylish and endlessly quotable director, Jacques Audiard, so a little more T-time wouldn’t go amiss.

Kristen Stewart
Being the most overground of all the nominees isn’t an advantage here but Stewart’s career choices since Into The Wild have been just the right side of populist.

What’s your take? Who’ll win? Or is there someone who isn’t nominated that deserves it more?

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