Friday, January 12, 2007

BAFTA Nominations

We're well and truly into award-season madness and the year has only just begun. I have to admit I love this time of the movie calender. You're never stuck for something good to see at the cinema and the buzz, gossip, intrigue and general hysteria are so much fun to partake in and watch.

The BAFTA's are continuing their recent rejuvenation into proper-grown-up awards this year with possibly the most eclectic, diverse and interesting selection of nominees ever seen. Following their decision to become a pre-Oscars ceremony, the BAFTA's have successfully relaunched themselves as an important indicator of critical opinion coming up the big-daddy statuettes themselves.

However, this year we have some more alternative movies making richly deserved appearances on the shortlists. Little Miss Sunshine, United 93, Red Road and Pan's Labyrinth are just some of the films getting their just desserts with nominations.

Elsewhere, it's great to see The Departed getting so many nods and I literally am wetting my pants in anticipation of The Last King Of Scotland. The book is a masterpiece and from all accounts the film lives up to it's high standards. James McAvoy and Forest Whittaker are perfect fits for the lead roles and this promised to one of best films of the year.

Here be the main categories and nominees:

FILM
BABEL
THE DEPARTED
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
THE QUEEN
THE ALEXANDER KORDA AWARD for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
CASINO ROYALE
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
NOTES ON A SCANDAL
THE QUEEN
UNITED 93
THE DAVID LEAN AWARD for Achievement in Direction
BABEL - Alejandro González Iñárritu
THE DEPARTED – Martin Scorsese
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris
THE QUEEN – Stephen Frears
UNITED 93 – Paul Greengrass
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BABEL – Guillermo Arriaga
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Michael Arndt
PAN’S LABYRINTH – Guillermo del Toro
THE QUEEN – Peter Morgan
UNITED 93 – Paul Greengrass
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
CASINO ROYALE – Neal Purvis/Robert Wade/Paul Haggis
THE DEPARTED – William Monahan
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Aline Brosh McKenna
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND – Peter Morgan/Jeremy Brock
NOTES ON A SCANDAL – Patrick Marber
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
APOCALYPTO
BLACK BOOK (ZWARTBOEK)
PAN’S LABYRINTH
RANG DE BASANTI (PAINT IT YELLOW)
VOLVER
ACTOR in a LEADING ROLE
DANIEL CRAIG – Casino Royale
LEONARDO DICAPRIO – The Departed
RICHARD GRIFFITHS – The History Boys
PETER O’TOOLE – Venus
FOREST WHITAKER – The Last King of Scotland
ACTRESS in a LEADING ROLE
PENELOPE CRUZ - Volver
JUDI DENCH – Notes on a Scandal
HELEN MIRREN – The Queen
MERYL STREEP – The Devil Wears Prada
KATE WINSLET – Little Children
ACTOR in a SUPPORTING ROLE
ALAN ARKIN – Little Miss Sunshine
JAMES MCAVOY – The Last King of Scotland
JACK NICHOLSON – The Departed
LESLIE PHILLIPS – Venus
MICHAEL SHEEN – The Queen
ACTRESS in a SUPPORTING ROLE
EMILY BLUNT – The Devil Wears Prada
ABIGAIL BRESLIN – Little Miss Sunshine
TONI COLETTE – Little Miss Sunshine
FRANCES DE LA TOUR – The History Boys
JENNIFER HUDSON – Dreamgirls

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