Breathing a sigh of relief once again Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave pulled out another squeaker at the BAFTA Awards just as it did at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards and the Producers Guild (where it tied Gravity). Going into the BAFTAs with ten nominations and favored status, as it was directed by Brit Steve McQueen and starred Brit Chiwetel Ejiofor, it looked like a total shutout losing award after award and going 0 for 7 (including surprising losses for Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor) but finally getting on the board with Ejiofor’s Best Actor win and then pulling off Best Film shortly after in a ceremony that reflected the kinds of splits we have seen all season. At the Globes you may recall it went 0 for 6 before nabbing Best Drama Picture at the end of the evening. Somehow McQueen winds up on stage at the end of all these shows making an acceptance speech and that’s what counts.
Related: BAFTA Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Wins Best Film But ‘Gravity’ Carries Most Weight With Six Total Nods; Chiwetel Ejiofor & Cate Blanchett Take Actor Wins; ‘American Hustle’ Scores 3 Including For Jennifer Lawrence
This is an unusual year to say the least and the BAFTA win for 12 Years A Slave where it helps the most gives it bragging rights as Oscar voting is getting underway this weekend. But these kinds of narrow victories might be a little tension-headache inducing for Searchlight as it now heads to the Oscars in the tightest race in years. Slave was expected to do much better here than it did overall. The results indicate voting was all over the map. BAFTA is important as there may be as many as 500 members that it shares in common with the motion picture Academy. The outcome really did nothing to add more clarity or certainty in a see-sawing Best Picture Oscar race with Gravity’s six BAFTA wins including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron and Outstanding British Film keeping it in strong contention. Perhaps BAFTA voters thought they could offer up their own PGA-style split by giving these two films their own producing prize? Who knows? Here’s the good news for Slave . The BAFTA Best Film winner has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture for the past five years a row. However in the four previous years before that streak it failed to match Oscar’s top winner, so into which camp will Slave fall? Again, who knows? Makes things exciting though. Read More »
Joe Utichi is contributing to Deadline’s BAFTA Awards coverage
Given that so many Oscar contenders figure in the BAFTA races this year, expect London’s tony Mayfair neighborhood to turn into Hollywood-on-Thames this weekend. With the American Academy’s … Read More »
Peter Greenaway To Be Honored At BAFTA Film Awards
British director Peter Greenaway will receive the 2014 Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday. Greenaway, who originally trained as a painter, is known for his exploration … Read More »
BAFTA Assembles Feature-Length Package Of Shorts For Cinemas
BAFTA is putting together a feature-length package of films nominated in the British Short Film and British Short Animation categories at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards. The pics will be screened in UK cinemas from February 28 and also tour in 110 countries internationally. Selected screenings will be followed by Q&As with nominated filmmakers. BAFTA is repeating the initiative after an inaugural run in 2013. The org is partnered with specialist distributor the Independent Cinema Office and the British Council. Interviews with the nominated filmmakers and other additional content will be available in March on BAFTA Guru. The BAFTAs will be held February 16 in London. All the nominees can be found here. Read More »
Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom discuss the latest enticement to film Britain, a marketing and distribution incentive package from the British Film Institute designed to give UK indie movies a better chance at a Sundance deal; why BAFTA thinks Gravity is a British film; prominent new roles for veteran media execs Pierre Lescure and James Schamus at two of Europe’s biggest film festivals and a Despicable villain’s big Chinese debut, half a year after his U.S. run.
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Gravity leads Britain’s BAFTA nominations which were unveiled earlier this week, and “thanks to overwhelming demand from cinemagoers,” IMAX is bringing it back to UK theaters as of today. The film opened in October last … Read More »
In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom wrap up all the guild and other award nomination announcements that landed left and right this past week, including those from BAFTA, the Writers Guild, Directors Guild, Producers Guild, Cinematographers Society and Costume Designers Guild.
They also discuss some of the trends that may be emerging among all those award nominations, clues about where the Oscar races may be headed, whether American Hustle will benefit from that big ensemble cast, and what to expect from this weekend’s Golden Globes.
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UPDATE, 12:16 AM PT: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity scored 11 nominations from the British Academy this morning including Best Film, Best British Film, Best Director and Leading Actress for Sandra Bullock. It led the pack … Read More »
Deadline’s International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom wrap up the major box office trends across Europe, China and South America this past year and moving into 2014, including what impacts the 2014 World Cup will have on the film business in host country Brazil and other soccer-mad countries; ponder the just-breaking news about a change of Hollywood “gatekeepers” at the top of China Film Group; look at two hugely successful films burning hot and cold across the global box office this past week; and put the telescope on the Rising Stars reaching for one of BAFTA’s coolest awards.
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BAFTA‘s EE Rising Star Award nominees are actors and actresses who have “demonstrated exceptional talent” and are “destined to be bright stars in the future of cinema,” the British Academy says. This year’s crop of five includes … Read More »
Listen to (and share) episode 16 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch, With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks from London with host David Bloom about a series of UK-based stories the past several days, including the very big audiences that turned out for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebration on the BBC, BBC America and in dozens of other countries; what the BBC has planned at Christmas time for the newest doctor in Doctor Who, and the much-awaited third season of Sherlock; Oscar winner Emma Thompson’s long look back with BAFTA at her career so far, even as her latest film, Saving Mr. Banks, builds its own awards buzz; and Pinewood Shepperton, busy counting its cash after a strong quarter, presses for approval of a major expansion of its London facilities amid a serious studio capacity crunch that’s turning away work in the city.
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Following in the recent footsteps of her Saving Mr Banks co-star Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson sat down in London on Sunday afternoon for a trip down memory lane. At a BAFTA Life in Pictures event at the British Academy’s headquarters, Thompson spoke of the important role that comedy played in her early career, and touched on her collaborations with the likes of Merchant Ivory, Richard Curtis and Ang Lee. The Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter also peppered in some stark feelings about Hollywood.
Thompson has steadily worked across borders since the 90s and while she feels there’s no real difference between great actors in the States and Britain – “Dustin Hoffman is as exquisite as Anthony Hopkins” – the star system in Hollywood “is not a good system.” Thompson called it “hierarchical” and said it was “just revolting for people who are actors to become grand and unattractive to watch.” She recalled that while working on Last Chance Harvey, Hoffman had been stuck in traffic one day and, so concerned with being late to set, ran there in his socks once he’d arrived at the location. “Those are the people you want to work with. You find some young actors who really can’t be bothered and you think well, let someone else do it,” she said to the largely British crowd. Thompson noted that “some of the most intelligent people” she knows live in Hollywood, but lamented that the town “always finds a way to make you feel bad.” At parties, there’s “always some bit that’s penned off that you’re not allowed into,” she mused, adding that it’s the “better than/less than judgment you’re making upon yourself and others that Hollywood is particularly good at and that’s the one thing I really hate.” Read More »
Biddy Baxter Set For Honor At British Academy Children’s Awards
BAFTA will present TV producer and writer Biddy Baxter with its Special Award at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards on November 24. The award recognizes an … Read More »
Tom Hanks was in London on Saturday to spend an evening with BAFTA. The British Academy’s Life In Pictures series is a walk through an actor or director’s career – Hanks’ this evening lasted two hours, which, considering his resumé, wasn’t nearly enough time to touch on every film. Hanks joked throughout the evening that he was getting whiplash from the fast-paced interview that started out with his early work as mostly a comedic actor, through to more serious turns in Punchline, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and up to his current films Captain Phillips and Saving Mr Banks.
Hanks is also in London ahead of the world premiere of Saving Mr Banks, in which he plays Walt Disney. The film tells the story of how Disney persuaded Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to sell rights to her tale of the magical nanny. Portraying the legend came with a particular challenge, Hanks said, due to “the current atmosphere of pressure in films.” Disney, he noted, “died of lung cancer. He smoked three packs of cigarettes a day. So, can we show him smoking? No way in hell.” Hanks said there was an actual “negotiation” about whether or not he could be filmed holding a lit cigarette in a scene. He could not. That film is the closing night gala for the London Film Festival which wraps tomorrow.
Over the course of tonight’s retrospective in front of about 150 BAFTA members, Hanks shared anecdotes from his long career, starting off, improbably, with 1989’s Turner & Hooch. “It has been so long since someone has shown a clip” from the film, he said, “I’m delighted, I learned a lot from that dog.” The dog in the film was male, but Hanks called comedy in general, “such a bitch… It’s sink or swim. It can’t be faked on film. The chops you develop in comedy are chops you will not be slave to, but will serve you.” Read More »
‘Intouchables’ Helmers Set To Begin Production On ‘Samba’
The Intouchables helmers Eric Tolédano and Olivier Nakache will begin shooting their next film, Samba, at the end of October. Omar Sy, Best Actor César winner for Intouchables, stars in the social comedy alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac, Melancholia), Tahar Rahim (The Past, A Prophet) and Izya Higelin. French major Gaumont is co-producing with Intouchables‘ Quad Productions. Gaumont will handle French distribution and sell the film internationally as it did with Tolédano and Nakache’s 2011 mega box office hit. Delivery is expected at the end of 2014. Read More »
Listen to (and share) episode 9 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about the ongoing controversy over India’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar; a capacity crunch at suddenly too-popular London production facilities; BAFTA’s move to recognize online video in its TV awards process; and the outcry over the unexpected demise of a favorite character in Helen Fielding’s next sequel to her Bridget Jones books.
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is adding new rules which will for the first time include web-based broadcasters to be eligible for its TV awards, a move that opens the field to the likes of Netflix. Here’s a release on this and other changes to the prizes which will be awarded in April and May of 2014:
London, 1 October 2013: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced that, for the very first time, web-based broadcasters will be eligible to enter the British Academy Television Awards and the British Academy Television Craft Awards.
BAFTA’s Chief Executive, Amanda Berry, said: “We continually strive to ensure our Awards remain relevant to the industry, as well as reflecting the trends among the viewing public. We’re in a golden era for storytelling and programme-making, with top-class shows being broadcast online as well as on digital and terrestrial television; the latest update to our rules ensures we celebrate and reward the very best.”
The new Rule Books for both Awards are now published online, with full details on entry and eligibility, at http://awards.bafta.org/entry.
This important update to eligibility is one of a number of changes made to the Television and Television Craft Awards this year, presented in 2014.
Other changes include the expansion of the previous Comedy category, which becomes Comedy and Comedy Entertainment and encompasses programmes whose comedy is central to the editorial of the programme, including panel-led shows, chat shows where comic content plays a significant part, stand-up comedy shows, and comedy clips shows.
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the British Film Institute (BFI) today announced their 4th annual Screenwriters’ Lecture Series from September 23rd through 30th about the scripting experience and the writers who often don’t get the recognition they deserve. This line-up has … Read More »