Monday, January 17, 2005

BAFTA Spreads some 'Sunshine'

Across the pond, they know a good film when they see one. ESOTSM has been pushed aside for the favor of Sideways and Million Dollar Baby here in the United States, but overseas, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is finally getting some well derserved nominations.

BAFTA, for y'all, is the UK equivalent of AMPAS, or plainly the folks who hand out the Oscars.

The New Zealand Herald ran an interesting article on Thursday regarding the effect of the screener debate. Apparently, no one in the UK has seen Million Dollar Baby due to business and politics. Some people are also peeved about that.

---The film, a Rocky-style yarn starring Hilary Swank, has been rapturously received in America. Nonetheless, to the discomfiture of Bafta, British voters have snubbed what some are calling Eastwood's masterpiece.

"Frankly, it belongs on there and everyone knows that it belongs on there," says one Bafta member.

"It is unquestionably Clint Eastwood's best film. It will probably win the American Academy Award and it's not even in the running for the Baftas."

Okay, and the (selected) nominees are...

Best Film:
The Aviator.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Finding Neverland.
The Motorcycle Diaries.
Vera Drake.

The Alexander Korda Award for the outstanding British Film of the Year:
Dead Man's Shoes.
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban. (YAY!)
My Summer Of Love.
Shaun Of The Dead. (YAY!)
Vera Drake.

The David Lean Award for achievement in Direction:
The Aviator - Martin Scorsese.
Collateral - Michael Mann. (YAY!)
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind - Michael Gondry. (YAY!)
Finding Neverland - Marc Forster.
Vera Drake - Mike Leigh.
(No Mike Nichols?)

Best Original Screenplay:
The Aviator - John Logan.
Collateral - Stuart Beattie. (YAY!)
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind - Charlie Kaufman. (YAY!)
Ray - James L White.
Vera Drake - Mike Leigh.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

The Chorus - Christophe Barratier/Philippe Lopes-Curval.
Closer - Patrick Marber. (YAY!)
Finding Neverland - David Magee.
The Motorcycle Diaries - Jose Rivera.
Sideways - Alexander Payne/Jim Taylor.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Gael Garcia Bernal - The Motorcycle Diaries.
Jamie Foxx - Ray.
Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. (YAY!)
Johnny Depp - Finding Neverland.
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator.

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Charlize Theron - Monster. (Wasn't released in UK until this year)
Imelda Staunton - Vera Drake.
Kate Winslet - Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. (YAY!)
Kate Winslet - Finding Neverland.
Ziyi Zhang - House of Flying Daggers.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Alan Alda - The Aviator.
Clive Owen - Closer. (YAY!)
Jamie Foxx - Collateral.
Phil Davis - Vera Drake.
Rodrigo de la Serna - The Motorcycle Diaries.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Cate Blanchett - The Aviator.
Heather Craney - Vera Drake.
Julie Christie - Finding Neverland. (YAY!)
Meryl Streep - The Manchurian Candidate.
Natalie Portman - Closer. (YAY!)
(Finally! Haven't I been saying Christie and Mitchell were the best part of Neverland?)

The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music:
The Aviator - Howard Shore.
The Chorus - Bruno Coulais.
The Motorcycle Diaries - Gustavo Santaolalla.
Finding Neverland - Jan A P Kaczmarek.
Ray - Craig Armstrong.

Best Cinematography:
The Aviator.
Finding Neverland.
House of Flying Daggers.
The Motorcycle Diaries.

Best Editing:
The Aviator.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.
House Of Flying Daggers.
Vera Drake.

Best Production Design:
The Aviator.
Finding Neverland.
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.
House Of Flying Daggers.
Vera Drake.

Best Costume Design:
The Aviator.
Finding Neverland.
House Of Flying Daggers.
The Merchant Of Venice.
Vera Drake.

Best Sound:
The Aviator.
House Of Flying Daggers.
Spider-Man 2.

Orange Film of the Year (10 biggest UK box office hits of 2004, voted by the public):
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason.
The Day After Tomorrow.
Shrek 2.
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.
Spider-Man 2.
Shark Tale.
I, Robot.
Scooby Doo 2.
The Incredibles.


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