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BAFTA 2009 nominations

BAFTA.jpgThe nominations for the 2009 BAFTA's have been announced and there are some interesting selections in the full nominations listed in the main article. I am surprised by a few inclusions, and a few categories, Mamma Mia! for Outstanding British Film is perhaps a strange one, but then there are other great choices sitting alongside it.

Kate Winslet is listed twice in the Leading Actress category for The Reader and Revolutionary Road, but not in Supporting Actress, so her double Golden Globes (insert pause) can't be replicated here, although I think she has a great chance at taking the Leading Actress.

There's another surprise in the Carl Foreman Award for Outstanding Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their first film, Mamma Mia! Is in there again. Now let's put to the side for a moment whether you think it merits being in the awards at all, but considering that the people behind the show have been behind the stage show, you might think that they have a running start on the other talent there. Not to worry, I really do believe it will go to one of two others in that category.

I am also glad that The Dark Knight made it into the Sound category, because for me the writing and sound made a lot of that film, and I believe that they are both key in making the Joker character what he was, it wasn't just Heath Ledger, a reason why I'm not in agreement that he should be winning awards for his performance.

I think what I find most surprising is that when I looked at some of the categories I thought I could easily select a winner, but then I took a moment to look through the other films and I'm not so sure, start with Best Film and see what you think. It's a difficult choice ahead and not a clear cut one either.

One thing though about the BAFTA's that I've always loved is that they don't follow trends either in the media or the awards, they really do tend to give out to those who deserve the awards.

So, without further ado, here are the BAFTA 2009 nominations from the official BAFTA site, I just wish they didn't put everything in capitals, apologies for that:

BEST FILM THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Ceán Chaffin FROST/NIXON - Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard MILK - Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen THE READER - Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - Christian Colson

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
HUNGER - Laura Hastings-Smith, Robin Gutch, Steve McQueen, Enda Walsh
IN BRUGES - Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh
MAMMA MIA! - Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman, Phyllida Lloyd, Catherine Johnson
MAN ON WIRE - Simon Chinn, James Marsh
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy

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 - Doubt
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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS - Doubt
PENÉLOPE CRUZ - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
FREIDA PINTO - Slumdog Millionaire
TILDA SWINTON - Burn After Reading
MARISA TOMEI - The Wrestler

MUSIC
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Alexandre Desplat
THE DARK KNIGHT - Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
MAMMA MIA! - Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - A. R. Rahman
WALL-E - Thomas Newman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
CHANGELING - Tom Stern
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Claudio Miranda
THE DARK KNIGHT - Wally Pfister
THE READER - Chris Menges, Roger Deakins
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - Anthony Dod Mantle

EDITING
As there was a tie in this category there are six nominations
CHANGELING - Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
THE DARK KNIGHT - Lee Smith
FROST/NIXON - Mike Hill, Dan Hanley
IN BRUGES - Jon Gregory
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - Chris Dickens

PRODUCTION DESIGN
CHANGELING - James J. Murakami, Gary Fettis
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo
THE DARK KNIGHT - Nathan Crowley, Peter Lando
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD - Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE - Mark Digby, Michelle Day
COSTUME DESIGN
CHANGELING - Deborah Hopper
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Jacqueline West
THE DARK KNIGHT - Lindy Hemming
THE DUCHESS - Michael O'Connor
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD - Albert Wolsky

SOUND
CHANGELING - Walt Martin, Alan Robert Murray, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff
THE DARK KNIGHT - Lora Hirschberg, Richard King, Ed Novick, Gary Rizzo
QUANTUM OF SOLACE - Eddy Joseph, Chris Munro, Mike Prestwood Smith, Mark Taylor
SLUMDOG MILLIONARE - Glenn Freemantle, Resul Pookutty, Richard Pryke, Tom Sayers, Ian Tapp
WALL-E - Ben Burtt, Tom Myers, Michael Semanick, Matthew Wood

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Eric Barba, Craig Barron, - Nathan McGuinness, Edson Williams
THE DARK KNIGHT - Chris Corbould, Nick Davis, Paul Franklin, Tim Webber
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL - Pablo Helman
IRON MAN - Shane Patrick Mahan, John Nelson, Ben Snow
QUANTUM OF SOLACE - Chris Corbould, Kevin Tod Haug

MAKE UP & HAIR
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - Jean Black, Colleen Callaghan
THE DARK KNIGHT - Peter Robb-King
THE DUCHESS - Daniel Phillips, Jan Archibald
FROST/NIXON - Edouard Henriques, Kim Santantonio
MILK - Steven E. Anderson, Michael White

SHORT ANIMATION
CODSWALLOP - Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod
VARMINTS - Sue Goffe, Marc Craste
WALLACE AND GROMIT: A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH - Steve Pegram, Nick Park, Bob Baker

SHORT FILM
KINGSLAND #1 THE DREAMER - Kate Ogborn, Tony Grisoni
LOVE YOU MORE - Adrian Sturges, Sam Taylor-Wood, Patrick Marber
RALPH - Olivier Kaempfer, Alex Winckler
SEPTEMBER - Stewart le Maréchal, Esther May Campbell
VOYAGES D'AFFAIRES (THE BUSINESS TRIP) - Celine Quideau, Sean Ellis

THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
MICHAEL CERA
NOEL CLARKE
MICHAEL FASSBENDER
REBECCA HALL
TOBY KEBBELL

Note that you can vote for who you believe the Orange Rising Star should be, just have a look at the BAFTA official site for the award. I'll be doing a little update on that award hopefully later today.

So what do you think of the awards? Any predictions, anything standing out that shouldn't be there? What do you think of Mamma Mia! being nominated?





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I don't see any big surprises here. I bet the Oscars will have a very similar list. I am surprised to see In Bruges get nominated for anbything. I didn't like that film at all - well, maybe 10 minutes of it was amusing. It was hard to understand, as well - my kids fix the TV so it has captions for the hearing impaired whenever they watch an English film, because of the accents. English is their second language so I understand that. But Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes are great actors, too good to fool with such tripe as In Bruges..

Statistically, the probability of Winslet winning is increased with two entries, but I think she should win, even with only one entry. And I hope to see Slumdog win. Besides seeing it, the reviews on it, and its previous awards, the movie itself is far better than the other contenders.

i'd vote for Benjamin Button

In Bruges was great. I'm happy to see it on every awards list.

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