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BAFTA 2009 Long List announced

BAFTA.jpgI do like the way that BAFTA organise the voting for the winners of the awards, and this year it's a bit more rich than others as some two hundred and twenty films have been entered into the categories for the six thousand BAFTA members to vote on.

The explanation of how it works is easy, and I'll go into that in a mere few lines, but it's genius is in the simplicity. What's more important is that the Long List, the first round of voting by the members, is now online, and I'm picking out some of the important categories for you to have a look at.

Actually, rather than have me explain it, let's just look at what BAFTA themselves say about the voting:

Over 6000 members of the Academy vote in three rounds to decide the winners of the Orange British Academy Film Awards and the Long List is the result of Round One of voting. With 220 films entered this year, this first round reduces the entered films down to fifteen in each category. Round Two voting will reduce these fifteen contenders down to the five nominations in each category.

Simple. You can see the complete Long List over on the BAFTA official site, however I want to look at the nominees for some of the bigger awards and see what you think of them. Now I know it's way to early to be talking about winners, after all we're only on round one and don't even have the nominees yet, but still.

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

Well I think there are a few contenders in there, and it's going to be between The Hurt Locker (Filmstalker review), Avatar (Filmstalker review) and Moon (Filmstalker review). Much as I would like to say An Education and Gran Torino (Filmstalker review) were in with a chance, I think it's between those runner there.

Bright Star
District 9
An Education
Fish Tank
Gran Torino
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
A Prophet
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

Similar list, but great to see Fish Tank in there. I think we could see this tipped between James Cameron for Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, although I hope that Moon and Fish Tank would be on a lot of people's voting pads, directorial wise Cameron did a stunning job over the huge period of time he carried and birthed his film. I think Bigelow and Hurt Locker will be seen as a less mainstream choice and might grab the prize.

Animated Film
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Fantastic Mr Fox
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ooh, this one is tough. It won't be A Christmas Carol nor Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. I think Coraline (Filmstalker review) and Up will be the two in the running and Up might just take it, although I hope it's Coraline, I really do.

Leading 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

Okay this is going to be difficult. I think Morgan Freeman will be in the running for the win because he's playing Nelson Mandella, and that's that. However to win? I'm struggling, Sam Rockwell, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges. Take your pick.

Leading 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

Okay I really can't call this one, although it's fair to say Meryl Streep has a strong headway. Helen Mirren perhaps? No, I really can't call it, can you?

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

Actor? Well that's a few off that list straight away! I'm not sure if it's worth even debating it, and I don't approach this in a negative way but as a forgone conclusion because his performance stands so far out in the film. Christoph Waltz has my vote.

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

Oh dear me, what a list again, and another hard one to call, or is it? Looking at the critics awards in the U.S. it would be straight to Mo'nique, but there are a list of names there that would be worthy from Diane Kruger to Vera Farmiga. What do you think?

Film Not in The English Language
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Let the Right One In
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Okay, another gut instinct here, and I really am choosing these as I type so there's not much deliberation going into them, I'd say it's between Let The Right One In (Filmstalker review) and The White Ribbon.

What do you think of the list then? What do you think will be winning?



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