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: ‘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
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 - Lincoln
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.
EMMANUELLE RIVA - Amour
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.”)
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK - David O. Russell
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.”
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
AMOUR – Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
Neither filmmaker Michael Haneke nor producer Margaret Ménégoz were in attendance to accept the award.
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
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.
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.
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.
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.
BAFTA Nominations Announced: ‘Lincoln’ Leads Followed By ‘Les Mis’ & ‘Life Of Pi’; Spielberg & Hooper Not Among Director Field
Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the pack of nominees (see full list below) for the 65th EE BAFTA Awards, which were announced this morning in London by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine. Lincoln scored 10 nominations, though it did not pick up a directing mention. Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi and Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables each got nine nods, but Hooper (nominated here for The King’s Speech in 2010) failed to make the directing category. Working Title’s Tim Bevan, who has both Les Mis and Anna Karenina vying for prizes this year, told me he was surprised that Spielberg and Hooper missed out on directing slots but called it an “interesting year because [nominations] seem to be spread all over the place.” The takeaway, he said, is that Spielberg and Hooper are “swimming in a pool of extreme talent this year. Which is great for the movie business.”
Meanwhile, Skyfall, now the highest-grossing film in UK history, was nominated eight times, yet was noted in the Best British Film category and not the overall Best Film group. The only picture to cross over those two fields was Les Mis. The trio of Life Of Pi, Ben Affleck’s Argo and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty have both Best Film and Best Director slots. The two Best Director candidates whose films were not mentioned in the Best Film group are Michael Haneke for Amour (although it did also land Foreign Language, Original Screenplay and Leading Actress nods) and Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, which also picked up nominations for Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz and Editing.
When the British Academy of Film and Television Arts holds its annual film awards next year, things will look slightly different. After 15 years partnered with telecom group Orange, the BAFTAs are now hooking up with mobile …
UPDATE, 6:10 AM: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is implementing a series of changes for 2013′s Orange British Film Awards that include shifts to the voting procedure and a longer period between nominations and the ceremony. The nominations date has been set for Jan 9, six days ahead of the Oscar nominations on Jan 15, 2013. The awards ceremony is set for Feb 10. Meanwhile, uninformed members are being encouraged not to vote for voting’s sake and a formal discussion has been opened on what to do about voting members who are no longer active in the industry.
Going forward, voting rounds for Britain’s equivalent to the Oscar will be reduced from three to two. BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry tells Deadline the idea of eliminating a round of voting has been around for a while but sped up last year when a change of date for the Oscars became a possibility. That move didn’t happen, but Berry says there was a “sense that a change was being discussed and when there’s a discussion, it can go either way.” The Oscars did move their nominations up by a week, which meant they’d have come the same day BAFTA traditionally announces, so BAFTA moved its date, too.
Dominic West, Emily Watson and Monica Dolan won acting awards at the TV BAFTAs today for their roles in Appropriate Adult, a miniseries about Britain’s controversial investigation of serial killer Fred West and his wife Rosemary. Dominic West played Fred, Watson portrayed a social worker in the case and Dolan played Rosemary — beating Dame Maggie Smith who was nominated for Downton Abbey. Andrew Scott was voted best supporting actor for Sherlock, in which he plays the arch-nemesis Moriarty to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes. Cumberbash was nominated for best actor but lost to Dominic West. But Appropriate Adult lost to another miniseries, This Is England ’88.
Complete list of winners:
LEADING ACTOR — Dominic West, Appropriate Adult - ITV1
LEADING ACTRESS — Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult - ITV1
SUPPORTING ACTOR — Andrew Scott, Sherlock - BBC One
SUPPORTING ACTRESS — Monica Dolan, Appropriate Adult - ITV1
Tonight is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ turn to stand in the awards-season spotlight. Demonstrating increased crossover, this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) are a mixed bag of international collaboration. The Artist, a French film shot in Los Angeles, leads the pack of nominees with 12 nods. The very British Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, financed by France’s Studiocanal and directed by Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson, follows with 11. The Descendants, Drive (with its Danish director and British co-star) and The Help round out the top film category. Tinker Tailor is shortlisted in both the Best Film and Best British Film races and is the only one to straddle the two. Meanwhile other Best British Film nominees also boast an international feel: My Week With Marilyn has an American star in Michelle Williams, Shame is set in New York, We Need To Talk About Kevin is based on a book by an American-born author, and documentary Senna is about the Brazilian race car legend. And, in her own words, “international star, role model and diva” Miss Piggy is hosting the red carpet show.
London, 27 January 2012: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce that John Hurt will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday 12 February. Universally acclaimed for his acting talent, Hurt’s vast range of distinguished performances has shaped an impressive career spanning six decades.
The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, introduced in 1978, is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films and Lewis Gilbert. Last year’s recipient was the Harry Potter series of films.
Hurt has starred in a variety of remarkable film roles working alongside some of the most important figures in the industry including Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton and Steven Spielberg. The legendary characters he has portrayed include Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Rich in A Man For All Seasons – a film which won seven BAFTA Awards and six Academy Awards – and Max in Midnight Express, for which he won the BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actor.
The British Academy of Film and Television has released the longlist for its upcoming Orange British Academy Film Awards. My Week With Marilyn and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy lead with 16 mentions each. One point of note is the fact that Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was not named in the overall Best Film category. It is, however, on the list of Outstanding British Film potentials. Ryan Gosling also picked up two spots on the longlist for Best Actor, one for Drive and one for The Ides Of March. The longlist is the result of round one of voting by BAFTA members. It places 15 contenders in each category which will then be reduced to five eventual nominees. The animated film and documentary categories longlist five films each which will be reduced to three nominees per category.
According to BAFTA, all members vote in the first two rounds for all categories except Documentary, Film Not in the English Language and Outstanding British Film, which are voted for by Chapters (groups of over 80 members with specialist skills or experience in a particular craft area). The asterisks in the longlist below denote the top five selection of the relevant Chapter. In the final round, winners are voted for by specialist Chapters in all categories except for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Documentary and Film Not in the English Language and the four performance categories, which are voted for by all members.
The final nominees will be announced on Jan 17 with the BAFTA ceremony taking place on Feb 12. The longlist is below:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Ides of March
The Iron Lady
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Film Not in the English Language
As If I Am Not There
The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan
Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)
Little White Lies
Le Quattro Volte
The Skin I Live In
The Troll Hunter
Outstanding British Film
Attack the Block
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
The Iron Lady
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin