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BAFTA Film Awards 2015 Set For Feb 8

By | Friday March 14, 2014 @ 8:13am PDT

BAFTA: Steve McQueenThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts has scheduled the 2015 EE British Academy Film Awards for Sunday, February 8 at London’s Royal Opera House to be broadcast live in the UK on the BBC. The awards show airs later that day in the U.S. on BBC America. This year’s BAFTAs, which were held February 16, crowned 12 Years A Slave as its Best Film on its way to the Best Picture.

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Deadline Awards Watch 64: The Time For Oscars Podcast

By and | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 8:24pm PST

Deadline Awards Watch podcast 64In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom look at the impact of those all-over-the-map BAFTA Awards, which gave Gravity lots of love but handed 12 Years A Slave two important wins.

They also look at what questions are being asked by Fox Searchlight’s Oscar campaign for 12 Years, which declares that “it’s time,” and whether it may also be time for Oscar to hand a statue to Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street or to score composer Alexandre Desplat for Philomena.
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Global Showbiz Watch 26: The Berlinale To BAFTA Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch ep 26In this week’s podcast, Deadline International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and host David Bloom catch up after Nancy’s whirlwind weekend across Europe, where she covered an audience-friendly, Asian-flavored awards night at the Berlin International Film Festival, as Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice led a large contingent of winning Chinese and Japanese films and performances alongside Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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BAFTAs: Cate Blanchett Dedicates Award To Philip Seymour Hoffman (Video)

By | Monday February 17, 2014 @ 9:15am PST

One of the most poignant moments of Sunday’s BAFTA Awards came during Cate Blanchett‘s acceptance speech after winning the Leading Actress prize for Blue Jasmine, when she paid tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The two starred together in The Talented Mr Ripley. Clearly Hoffman had a profound impact on her. Check it out:

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BAFTAs: TV Ratings Down, Post-Show Revelry Up; Oprah Rocks At Weinstein Bash (Video)

Ratings for the BAFTA Film Awards were down Sunday BAFTA: Steve McQueennight about 800,000 viewers from last year as 4.56M watched the BBC One broadcast of the 62nd annual  kudofest. The revelry was high, though, after the tight two-hour show, especially at the parties that followed the Royal Opera House fest followed by dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel. EOne hosted one in Soho while Warner Bros gathered its Gravity team in Mayfair.

Related: BAFTA Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Wins Best Film But ‘Gravity’ Carries Most Weight

The place to be though was the massive show that The Weinstein Company put on at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn. Among those in attendance were Oprah Winfrey, David O Russell, Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Uma Thurman, weinsteinSteve Coogan, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Bruhl, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gillian Anderson, Alicia Vikander, Lily Allen, Freddie Fox and Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech and Tom Cullen. TWC’s Philomena won a prize last night, for Best Adapted Screenplay, written by Coogan and Jeff Pope. The duo is also up for an Oscar in two weeks, and leave it to Harvey Weinstein to also be looking ahead to that occasion with a film … Read More »

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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

BAFTA Award WinnersUPDATED WITH FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND REACTIONS: Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave rallied from a slow stat to win the Best Film award tonight at the 62nd BAFTA Film Awards in London. The slave drama from Fox Searchlight had 10 nominations but won just two awards, after Chiwetel Ejiofor took the Leading Actor prize for playing Solomon Northup. Despite the marquee victory in the last major kudofest before the Oscars, it still seemed as though the night belonged to Warner Bros’ Gravity. The space drama picked up a leading six wins from its 11 overall nominations, including for Outstanding British Film — which will keep the debate going about just how British the pic is. Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director and the pic cleaned up in the craft categories, taking Sound, Cinematography and Special Visual Effects in addition to a nod for Steven Price’s Original Score. The BAFTA crowd at the packed Royal Opera House in Covent Garden exploded with each win for the movie, which had a leading 11 nominations going into the night.

Related: BAFTA Shakes Up The Race But Everything Still In Play As Oscar’s Moment Of Truth Nears

EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 - Winners RoomThe EE British Academy Film Awards: Dinner - Red Carpet ArrivalsStill, the 12 Years A Slave victory tonight maintains the film’s front-runner status going into the Oscars on March 2; the film also won the Golden Globe for Motion Picture-Drama. Many feel the Academy will lean the same way, honoring Gravity in the craft categories but not for the Best Picture. The two films have been going head to head all awards season, even scrapping to a rare tie in the PGA Awards contest. “It’s very important,” McQueen said backstage after the victory. “The way the public here — but not just here, in the U.S. — by going to see the picture, means a hell of a lot.” Added producer Brad Pitt: “This is an excuse for us to all get to gather and say job well done. We’re very proud of our work here, and it means a lot to us because of the people we got to work with.” Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Dogwoof Sells ‘Blackfish’ Docu To Multiple Territories; BAFTA Awards To Kick Off With Tinie Tempah-Laura Mvula Duet

By | Thursday January 30, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

Dogwoof Closes Slew Of Deals For ‘Blackfish’ Documentary
BlackfishSales outfit Dogwoof has closed a multi-territory deal with Universal Pictures International Entertainment on 2013 Sundance documentary Blackfish. The territories include Asia, Italy, Portugal, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Scandinavia and Latin America. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the film tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale who killed several people while in captivity. The controversial and popular film was shortlisted in the Oscar documentary category and has a BAFTA nomination this year. Other territories sold by Dogwoof include German- and French-speaking Europe, Spain, The Netherlands, and a multi-territory deal with Netflix.

Tinie Tempah-Laura Mvula Duet Will Open BAFTA Awards
For this year’s musical opening, the BAFTA Awards on February 16 will kick off with a duet by multiplatinum-selling English rapper Tinie Tempah and English soul singer Laura Mvula. The pair will sing the track “Heroes,” which appears on Tempah’s album Demonstration. Not to be confused with the classic David Bowie song, the refrain incorporates the lyrics, ee_bafta_film_awards_logo__130123084922“Here everyone’s a hero/We all got a second chance.” (Heroes are popular this year: two weeks after the BAFTAs, the Oscars will honor big-screen real-life heroes, super heroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present.) In previous years, the likes of Paloma Faith and Tom Jones have performed ahead of the BAFTA ceremony. Read More »

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Helen Mirren To Receive BAFTA Fellowship

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 11:20am PST

 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Red CarpetLondon, 27 January 2014: On Sunday 16 February, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will present Dame Helen Mirren with the Fellowship at the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House, London. Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by the Academy upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games. Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee and Martin Scorsese. Sir Alan Parker received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

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‘Gravity’ Leads BAFTA Nominations With 11 Nods; ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘American Hustle’ Each Score 10 (LIVE)

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 11:37pm PST

UPDATE, 12:16 AM PT: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity scored 11 EE Baftanominations from the British Academy this morning including Best Film, Best British Film, Best Director and Leading Actress for Sandra Bullock. It led the pack of movies recognized by BAFTA and is followed by 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle with 10 nods each across the major categories. Captain Phillips drew nine mentions; Behind The Candelabra – released theatrically in the UK – has five, as does Saving Mr Banks. The latter film has underperformed at the British box office, but it clearly found a mark with voters. It world premiered in London and both of its stars, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, recently made a point of GRAVITYstopping by BAFTA for lengthy sit-downs and a look back at their careers. Thompson is nominated in the Leading Actress category for the film and Hanks is also a Leading Actor candidate, although he’s up for Captain Phillips which is also a Best Film contender. But back to Gravity: It’s also vying in the original screenplay, original music, cinematography, editing, production design, sound and special visual effects races. Notably, Gravity is nominated as both Best Film and Best British Film, something I expected might happen. The same thing goes for Philomena which scored … Read More »

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Stephen Fry To Return As Host For BAFTA Film Awards

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 2:35am PST

On February 16th, Stephen Fry will mark his ninth turn as emcee for the EE British Academy Film Awards. The UK’s resident renaissance man, Fry has been a popular choice and proved an erudite, witty presence over the years who keeps things moving along apace. Last year’s BAFTA ceremony scored the show’s highest ratings for BBC One since 2004. Fry said of the hosting gig, “Despite the nerves and terror that something might go wrong and that I’ll make a fool of myself, it’s an annual event I really look forward to. I think it’s fundamentally because I love film so much. Film is one of the arts that most spreads the essence of our identity around the world, and our admiration and appreciation of global filmmaking ensures that the EE British Academy Film Awards sit comfortably on the world stage of film awards events honoring the best of the best.” BAFTA nominations will be unveiled on January 8th (the same day that Oscar nominations voting ends) with the ceremony to be held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

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BAFTA Adds Sixth Slot To Best British Film Category; Publishes New Rule Book

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 1:40am PDT

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts tweaked its Outstanding British Film category today, adding a sixth nominee which will act as a sort of wildcard entry. All other BAFTA award fields have five nominees each, but BAFTA’s Nik Powell said the addition of a sixth film would “ensure that this important category fully celebrates the outstanding range of British films in our cinemas each year.” Five of the movies will be decided by chapter vote, but the sixth nomination will be decided by a jury of filmmakers. A BAFTA member tells me, “There’s always been a fear that British film and best film will be the same result in a big British year.” Likewise, in a year where the winning film in the main category is British, there are questions if the top pick in the British race doesn’t match. “It sometimes seems like BAFTA’s most schizophrenic category and they’ve been tinkering with it in recent years to get it right.”

Last year, Skyfall won the top British film prize, but was not nominated in the main category. Les Misérables, however, was nominated in both categories. Still, the British film race has in the past recognized movies like This Is England, which would have had a hard time in a wide vote. BAFTA is not expected to reveal which film was the wildcard under the … Read More »

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BAFTA Sets 2014 Film Awards Timetable, Gives Voters An Extra Week To Cast Ballots

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 1:43am PDT

As previously announced, the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday February 16 at London’s Royal Opera House. Word comes today that nominations are to be unveiled on January 8, the same day that Oscar nominations voting ends. That gives BAFTA voters an extra week to complete their ballots as compared to this year when nominations were announced on January 9 and the awards ceremony held on February 10. The January 8 nominations date is also more than a week ahead of the Oscar nominations which next year fall on January 16. To be eligible for the BAFTAs, a film must be released theatrically in the UK between January 1 and December 31, 2013. Films released between January 1 and February 14, 2014 may also qualify by being screened for members no later than December 19, 2013.

Related: BAFTA Tightens Voting Eligibility Rules To Make Room For New Members

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BAFTA Tightens Voting Eligibility Rules To Make Room For New Members

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 8:44am PDT

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is thinning its film award voting ranks so it can bulk them up again with newer, more active members. BAFTA head of membership Jim Bradshaw tells me the impetus for the weeding out process was primarily that the voting membership is capped “and we have a waiting list of people coming into the Academy who we can’t involve and that includes people who have won BAFTAs and are working at a very high level.” There are 6,500 voting members and a further 500 non-voting. A consultation period on voting eligibility began last year and new rules went into effect this week. They stipulate that in order to remain eligible to vote for the BAFTA Film Awards, a member must have worked in the industry in the last five years, or for 20 years or more. The idea is to shed folks who may have left the business after a short period. The term “worked in the industry” is quite broad, encompassing on-screen credit or “evidence of a relevant role” including as a marketer, publicist, specialized journalist, financier, script reader or unproduced screenwriter, among others. People who don’t have the appropriate credits to cast a ballot will be asked to step down from voting, but would still be able to maintain BAFTA membership. Bradshaw says the Academy … Read More »

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BAFTA Sets February 16 Date For 2014 Film Awards

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 2:54am PDT

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday it would shift the 2014 Oscars to March 2 and out of February in a move that avoids a clash with the Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony. Although BAFTA too is pushing its date later by a week, to February 16, 2014, its EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony will fall smack in the middle of the Sochi Games that are to take place from February 7-23. Still, given the four-hour time difference between Russia and the UK, live Olympics programming will have ended for the day by the time the ceremony kicks off. And, of course, the February 16 date also maintains the usual two-week lag time between the BAFTA and Oscar ceremonies. BAFTA has not yet fixed its nominations date, which this year was January 9, one day before the Oscar nominations. Oscar nominations will be unveiled January 16, 2014.

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BAFTA: ‘Argo’ Wins Best Film And Best Director, Daniel Day-Lewis Lead Actor, Emmanuelle Riva Lead Actress, Anne Hathaway Supporting Actress, Christoph Waltz Supporting Actor, ‘Django Unchained’ & ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Screenplays, ‘Brave’ Animation, ‘Amour’ Foreign, ‘Skyfall’ Best British Film

By | Sunday February 10, 2013 @ 10:53am PST

Coverage by Deadline’s International Editor Nancy Tartaglione and London correspondent Joe Utichi with Editor-in-Chief Nikki Finke writing and editing:

LONDON: Refresh For Latest… The 2013 BAFTA Film Awards did its best to spread out its British Academy of Film and Television Arts honors to many films tonight, no doubt paving the way for the Academy Awards to do the same. Warner Bros’ Argo won 3 categories including the evening’s big prize, Best Film, as well as Director for Ben Affleck and Editing for William Goldenberg. The dramatic thriller now is the solid favorite for Best Picture Oscar after winning what’s known as the British Oscars in an uninterrupted string of prestigious awards wins. Lincoln‘s Daniel Day-Lewis was the expected winner in Leading Actor for DreamWorks. But Amour‘s Emmanuelle Riva scored an upset for Leading Actress at the impressive age of 85 while the Sony Classics Pictures film won Foreign Language. Quentin Tarantino won for Django Unchained‘s Original Screenplay and David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook‘s Adapted Screenplay, making it a big night for The Weinstein Company which took home 3 prizes in all including Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz. Working Title/Universal’s Les Misérables received the most awards – 4 -  including Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. Fox’s Life Of Pi garnered 2. Pixar/Disney’s Brave won Animated Film. The first award – for Outstanding British Film – went to James Bond #23, Eon Productions/MGM/Sony Pictures’ Skyfall which also won for Original Music.

About 10 minutes before the lights went up in the Royal Opera House tonight, guests were treated to a montage of 100 years of British film. Outside, pouring rain has turned to snow and traffic is snarled all over central London. It’s in part due to the awards arrivals but also because of Chinese New Year celebrations in nearby Trafalgar Square. At least the massive storm that hit New York over the weekend did not impact A-listers getting here. But Meryl Streep has been replaced by Sarah Jessica Parker to present the Leading Actor award.

Stephen Fry, hosting again this year, welcomes the crowd and apologizes for his own facial hair: ”I have a strong feeling I’m not the only actor who’s come here this evening with a beard.” He notes how Working Title/Universal’s Les Miserables is a British film despite its Australian and American cast and that it was extraordinary to have Helena Bonham Carter burst into song without even having a drink. “I’m joking, of course. She was drunk every day on set.” Fry muses on the many films being eked out of JR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Says, “You can expect to see me in the Hobbit 9: Are We Home Yet Gandalf?” Fry asks Jennifer Lawrence to blow a kiss to the audience, and she obliges.

Singer Paloma Faith takes the stage to sing a medley over images of the nominated films – Argo, Les Misérables, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty – and others.

The ‘In Memoriam’ montage began with Marvin Hamlisch and ended with Tony Scott.

The 2013 BAFTA Awards

ARGO – Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney

Producer George Clooney, who was supposed to direct Argo but then turned it over to Ben Affleck, accepts saying, “Ben, if this is your second act, I don’t know what in hell you do for your third. You are remarkable. I can’t tell you what an honor it’s been to work with you.” Clooney then introduces his producing partner Grant Heslov (“the best producer I’ve ever worked with”) who thanks BAFTA and “all the folks at Warner Bros”. Then he addresses Affleck: “To Ben, I want to say thank you for coming aboard and thank you for taking us on this journey. It’s been amazing.” Finally Affleck takes the podium. “Every single person here has been so nice…” Then he pokes fun at Warner Bros: “The people from the studio said, ‘You know what? We never win.’” He thanks BAFTA again.


Daniel Day-Lewis onstage laughed: “On the chance I might one day have to speak on an occasion as this, I’ve actually stayed in character as myself for the last 55 years.” He noted that “I had BAFTA sets put in every house I’ve ever lived in. When I get up from a chair, it simultaneously unleashes a chorus of applause, with a few boos and some drunken hecklers.” Then he became serious. “I’m so grateful to BAFTA. My fellow nominees, I don’t know if I deserve this. But I do know every one of you deserves it at least as much as I do.” And to his Lincoln team, he said, “My colleagues, I miss you. I wish we were still on this expedition together.” He called filmmaker Steven Spielberg “the rudder of the boat” they sailed on.


In the awards show audience as well as among the media backstage, there were audible gasps when Emmanuelle Riva’s name was announced. She was indeed a surprise winner given BAFTA’s tendency to pick the marquee contenders. She was not present to accept the award.

ARGO – Ben Affleck

ANNE HATHAWAY - Les Misérables

Anne Hathaway ascended the stage and took the BAFTA mask from presenter George Clooney – and then turned back around to hug the actor. “What am I thinking? I almost walked past George Clooney without hugging him. That’s just stupid,” she explained. She thanked the cast, noting to Hugh Jackman: “I’ve run out of superlatives for you, man”, as well as the crew, Working Title, Universal, and especially Victor Hugo “without whom none of us would be here”. Also she gave a shout-out to co-star Eddie Redmayne who had food poisoning. “I’d be holding your hair back.” Backstage, Anne scolded herself in front of the media. “I’m coming down with laryngitis. Shut up, Hathaway.” But she added, “I’m overjoyed and I’m such an airhead right now, but that’s not really new. I’m still collecting myself.” She noted that “the biggest surprise of the entire experience was how much of a sweetie pie Russell Crowe is. He was integral to cast bonding.”

CHRISTOPH WALTZ - Django Unchained

Onstage, an obviously emotional Christoph Waltz explained that, “Why I get to stand here is really no mystery because it says so at the beginning of our movie: ‘written and directed by Quentin Tarantino’.” He thanks by name Harvey Weinstein and Amy Pascal “for their attention. But it all starts with Quentin. Behind everything, I need and want to thank you for the thing that touches me the most, your unconditional trust… You silver-penned devil, you.” Backstage, Waltz was asked how it feels now that he’s two for two: “Like four,” says Waltz. “With Quentin, it’s trust and respect and, on my part, admiration for this master storyteller. I am completely and utterly at ease and convinced that what he writes is something I can say.”

DJANGO UNCHAINED - Quentin Tarantino

Onstage, Quentin Tarantino called the award “really really nice, really cool. I want to thank my actors for doing a bang up job with my dialogue.” He has always said he felt British audiences responded to his films in a special way, starting with Reservoir Dogs. Tonight he thanked BAFTA, calling it “a very terrific organization. I’m kind of famous for not joining organizations but I’m proud to be part of yours.” He thanked by name Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company and Amy Pascal of Sony Pictures (which owned foreign). “This was a pretty hot potato script, and to take this and go out and make a lot of money with it, that’s pretty damn impressive. Thanks guys.” Backstage, QT said: “I thought, if I win, do I put it next to the other BAFTA or find a place on the other side?” About writing, he mused, “About 90% of my lines come out of the material. I get the characters talking to each other and suddenly someone says something clever. Every once in a while there’ll be a cool line that I’m holding onto for decades. But it doesn’t happen that often.” Tarantino took one last question from an Aussie journalist and went off on a long dialogue screed in his Django Australian accent. (“John Jarratt helped me get it down.”)


David O. Russell onstage accepted saying, “It’s a wonderful year for film and for writers.” He thanked his son for his inspiration. This was the film’s first prize of the evening, and it was presented by Jennifer Garner, wife of Ben Affleck whose Argo also was nominated for Adapted Screenplay. Awkward? Not to winner Russell who told the media why he was late, “I was backstage talking to Jennifer Garner about pre-schools in Boston.” He said: “I love our film, and I believe in the heart and soul of our film, because I made it for personal reasons. Apart from enjoying it as a movie, if you can connect to the things in there, that’s everything.”

BRAVE – Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Brave co-director Mark Andrews accepted saying: “To me, being brave is about being true to yourself and allowing our loved ones the same freedom.” Backstage, Andrews noted: “No matter how many times you make these films [at Pixar], you’re making this film for the very first time. So the success is a dream come true. There’s that validation that comes with not just audiences, but your peers recognizing the work.”

AMOUR – Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz

Neither filmmaker Michael Haneke nor producer Margaret Ménégoz were in attendance to accept the award.

SKYFALL – Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan

Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck presented the prize. Producer Michael G Wilson noted it’s a first for the Bond films. Director Sam Mendes said the prize is “icing on the cake” thanks Daniel Craig “around whom we built this movie” for his bravery, brilliance and “sheer bloody-mindedness”. This category always looked to be a two-film race between Skyfall and Les Miserables. Changes to the voting system – cutting it down to a 2-round system – suggested the pics leading the nominations might end up taking home prizes in the big categories – which are voted on by the entire membership. Skyfall‘s win may well reflect the number of BAFTA-voting Brit practitioners who’ve had a hand in Bond over the years with the franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary.
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UPDATE: New York Suspends Film Shoots For Saturday As East Coast Storm Looms

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 10:35am PST

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor.

2ND WRITETHRU UPDATE, 10:25 AM: The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment confirmed the cancellation of all film permits scheduled for Saturday due to two major storms set to converge over the Eastern Seaboard this weekend. Since Hurricane Sandy, shooting permits in parts of Brooklyn, Staten Island and Lower Manhattan have been granted on a case-by-case basis to accommodate the city’s recovery efforts, though the majority of Manhattan remained unaffected. The latest cancellation affects all shoots throughout the city’s five boroughs.

Related: Eastern Blizzard Could “Devastate” Box Office

The blizzard is expected to hit New England the hardest, with CNN reporting the storm could reach Boston by 5 PM and deliver 24-36 inches of snow. The network said that all cars and trucks other than emergency vehicles must be off Massachusetts’ roads by 4 PM.

More than 3,000 flights routed through airports on the East Coast have been cancelled, prompting concerns that travel for participation in entertainment industry events or TV broadcasts might be affected. Broadcasts scheduled over the weekend include a new episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Justin Beiber in New York, and the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and 2013 BAFTA Awards in London, both set for Sunday. As for BAFTA, there have been no significant weather-related cancellations so far but organizers are continuing to monitor the situation. In addition, the Motion Picture Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards are scheduled for Saturday, and the American Society of Cinematographers Awards take place Sunday, both in LA. Read More »

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Tessa Ross To Receive BAFTA’s Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema Award

By | Tuesday January 29, 2013 @ 12:46am PST

Channel 4 film and drama controller Tessa Ross heads up Film4, the feature division of the network that’s given a boost to such filmmakers as Stephen Daldry, Steve McQueen, Paddy Considine, Martin McDonagh and Richard Ayoade. Sometimes referred to as the “Mother of British filmmaking,” her recent exec producer credits include Seven Psycopaths, The Iron Lady and Shame. She’ll receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony on February 10. Among Film4′s upcoming productions are Danny Boyle’s Trance, Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Ayoade’s The Double, Michael Winterbottom’s The Look Of Love and Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now. On the TV side, such series as Shameless, White Teeth and The Devil’s Whore have been commissioned during her tenure. Earlier in her career, Ross worked at the BBC and was a British Film Institute governor.

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Alan Parker To Receive BAFTA Fellowship Career Honor

By | Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 12:59am PST

The BAFTA Fellowship is the highest honor handed out by the organization and goes to an individual “in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.” Oscar-nominated Midnight Express director Sir Alan Parker will receive the kudo at the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony on February 10. Parker’s movies have received 19 BAFTAs, ten Golden Globes and ten Oscars over a career that spans nearly 40 years. His first feature as writer and director was 1975′s Bugsy Malone and subsequent films include The Commitments, Shoot The Moon, Pink Floyd The Wall, FameMississippi Burning, Evita and The Life Of David Gale. Parker is a onetime chairman of the Board of Governors of the BFI, founding chairman of the UK Film Council and is a founding member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain. He said of the honor, “When you make your first film, you’re sure it will be your last. And then you squeeze your eyes together and suddenly, forty years later, you’re at BAFTA getting an award like this. I’m of course enormously flattered and honoured.” Martin Scorsese was last year’s recipient.

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Come Dine With Me’, Murdoch & London Times, BAFTA Awards

ITV’s ‘Come Dine With Me’ Format In 36 Territories
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed multiple deals for its hit format Come Dine With Me including Asia’s first local version of the format to air on Indian broadcaster Star India. The network has commissioned 40 30-minute episodes. The Star India deal brings the total number of international territories producing the show to 36. Additionally, ITV Studios Nordic has been recommissioned to produce a 10th series of 60 episodes by Sweden’s TV4 and a second series of 40 episodes by Nelonen in Finland. Meanwhile, ITV Studios Australia has been recommissioned to produce a fourth (6 x 60’) series for Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel to air in 2013. The format has also recently re-launched in Turkey on Fox TV and Belgium on Vier 4.  Read More »

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