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BAFTA Nominations for 2009 announced

BAFTA.jpgI'm going to rename all these 2010 award ceremonies to 2009, after all they are about the films from the previous year, not about the year the awards are held, aren't the? Well the BAFTA nominations have been announced for 2009, and I have them right here. They're pretty good and to be honest I'm going to find it hard to pick winners out of this lot myself.

Have a look at the list and see what you think deserves to be a winner. The winners will be announced on Sunday 21st February 2010. In the meantime, get arguing!

So here are the 2010 BAFTA 2009 nominations, confusing isn't it?! Apologies for the continual shouting through the list, that's the way it came through from BAFTA and is on their official site and I'd rather get the information out to you than sit and reformat it.

BEST FILM
AVATAR
AN EDUCATION
THE HURT LOCKER
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
UP IN THE AIR

Well, I think the running is between Avatar (Filmstalker review), The Hurt Locker (Filmstalker review) and Up in the Air, don't you? I'm tempted to think that Avatar is in the lead, but with the British voting panel I do wonder if The Hurt Locker will come out on top. Shame that Moon isn't there.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
AN EDUCATION
FISH TANK
IN THE LOOP
MOON
NOWHERE BOY

Logic would dictate that if An Education is the only film of these sitting in the Best Film category then it must be the winner in the Outstanding British Film category, however it doesn't work like that, and I'm sure that Duncan Jones is not the only one hoping that he gets a lucky day come the announcements, I know I would hope Moon (Filmstalker review) would win too. Mind you there's a great selection of different films there, science fiction, historical, political, real life, and all with something to say too.

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
LUCY BAILEY, ANDREW THOMPSON, ELIZABETH MORGAN HEMLOCK, DAVID PEARSON Directors, Producers - Mugabe and the White African
ERAN CREEVY Writer/Director - Shifty
STUART HAZELDINE Writer/Director - Exam
DUNCAN JONES Director - Moon
SAM TAYLOR-WOOD Director - Nowhere Boy

I'm thinking Duncan Jones or Stuart Hazeldine here, and Jones has to be the favourite, just look what he did with Moon and how big it's become.

DIRECTOR
AVATAR James Cameron
DISTRICT 9 Neill Blomkamp
AN EDUCATION Lone Scherfig
THE HURT LOCKER Kathryn Bigelow
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Quentin Tarantino

I'm going to leap on James Cameron for this award. If we're talking about the Director who did the best and most amazing job then how can you beat the man who has conceived and directed the film that is fast becoming the biggest of all time, one that has taken so long to make, and that has even introduced new ways of filming?

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
THE HANGOVER Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
THE HURT LOCKER Mark Boal
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Quentin Tarantino
A SERIOUS MAN Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
UP Bob Peterson, Pete Docter

I don't think this is tough at all, The Hurt Locker.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
DISTRICT 9 Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
AN EDUCATION Nick Hornby
IN THE LOOP Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE Geoffrey Fletcher
UP IN THE AIR Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

Again, not a tough choice, Up in the Air, although In the Loop comes a close second.

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BROKEN EMBRACES Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar
COCO BEFORE CHANEL Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Philippe Carcassonne, Anne Fontaine
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Carl Molinder, John Nordling, Tomas Alfredson
A PROPHET Pascale Caucheteux, Marco Chergui, Alix Raynaud, Jacques Audiard
THE WHITE RIBBON Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz, Michael Haneke

You know I picked one out with my eye instantly, then darted to another, then another. I don't think I can call this category. The White Ribbon? A Prophet? Let the Right One In?

ANIMATED FILM
CORALINE Henry Selick
FANTASTIC MR FOX Wes Anderson
UP Pete Docter

Now I'd love to see Coraline (Filmstalker review) take this award, I really would.

LEADING ACTOR
JEFF BRIDGES Crazy Heart
GEORGE CLOONEY Up in the Air
COLIN FIRTH A Single Man
JEREMY RENNER The Hurt Locker
ANDY SERKIS Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

I fear that Andy Serkis hasn't been seen enough in this role, and that it's going to be between Jeff Bridges, George Clooney and Colin Firth, and in that order.

LEADING ACTRESS
CAREY MULLIGAN An Education
SAOIRSE RONAN The Lovely Bones
GABOUREY SIDIBE Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
MERYL STREEP Julie & Julia
AUDREY TAUTOU Coco Before Chanel

I couldn't call this category in other awards ceremonies, so how can I do it here? Same difficulty choosing between them all. Can you?

SUPPORTING ACTOR
ALEC BALDWIN It's Complicated
CHRISTIAN McKAY Me and Orson Welles
ALFRED MOLINA An Education
STANLEY TUCCI The Lovely Bones
CHRISTOPH WALTZ Inglourious Basterds

Easy. Christoph Waltz.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ANNE-MARIE DUFF Nowhere Boy
VERA FARMIGA Up in the Air
ANNA KENDRICK Up in the Air
MO'NIQUE Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS Nowhere Boy

Not easy, I'm stuck again, although I have favourites and they are from Up in the Air.

MUSIC
AVATAR James Horner
CRAZY HEART T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
FANTASTIC MR FOX Alexandre Desplat
SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL Chaz Jankel
UP Michael Giacchino

CINEMATOGRAPHY
AVATAR Mauro Fiore
DISTRICT 9 Trent Opaloch
THE HURT LOCKER Barry Ackroyd
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Robert Richardson
THE ROAD Javier Aguirresarobe

It has to be Avatar, has to be, although I think The Hurt Locker is a close second.

EDITING
AVATAR Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
DISTRICT 9 Julian Clarke
THE HURT LOCKER Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Sally Menke
UP IN THE AIR Dana E. Glauberman

Same as for cinematography I would say.

PRODUCTION DESIGN
AVATAR Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair
DISTRICT 9 Philip Ivey, Guy Poltgieter
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS Nominees TBC
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco

COSTUME DESIGN
BRIGHT STAR Janet Patterson
COCO BEFORE CHANEL Catherine Leterrier
AN EDUCATION Odile Dicks-Mireaux
A SINGLE MAN Arianne Phillips
THE YOUNG VICTORIA Sandy Powell

SOUND
AVATAR Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson, Addison Teague
DISTRICT 9 Nominees TBC
THE HURT LOCKER Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson, Craig Stauffer
STAR TREK Peter J. Devlin, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Mark Stoeckinger, Ben Burtt
UP Tom Myers, Michael Silvers, Michael Semanick

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
AVATAR Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones
DISTRICT 9 Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE John Richardson, Tim Burke, Tim Alexander, Nicolas Aithadi
THE HURT LOCKER Richard Stutsman
STAR TREK Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton

Come on, Avatar without a doubt.

MAKE UP & HAIR
COCO BEFORE CHANEL Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen, Jane Milon
AN EDUCATION Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS Sarah Monzani
NINE Peter 'Swords' King
THE YOUNG VICTORIA Jenny Shircore

SHORT ANIMATION
THE GRUFFALO Michael Rose, Martin Pope, Jakob Schuh, Max Lang
THE HAPPY DUCKLING Gili Dolev
MOTHER OF MANY Sally Arthur, Emma Lazenby

SHORT FILM
14 Asitha Ameresekere
I DO AIR James Bolton, Martina Amati
JADE Samm Haillay, Daniel Elliott
MIXTAPE Luti Fagbenle, Luke Snellin
OFF SEASON Jacob Jaffke, Jonathan van Tulleken

THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
JESSE EISENBERG
NICHOLAS HOULT
CAREY MULLIGAN
TAHAR RAHIM
KRISTEN STEWART

So what do you think of the BAFTA nominations this year? Can you pick out your bests and see where we fall come the awards announcements?
BAFTA, Awards, Awards 2009





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