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. Read More »

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BAFTA Film Awards Change Name As EE Becomes New Sponsor

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 1:27am PST

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 … Read More »

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BAFTA Shifts Nominations Date, Tweaks Voting Process – And Maybe Membership

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 6:10am PDT

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. Read More »

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Serial Killer Drama Tops BAFTA TV Awards

By | Sunday May 27, 2012 @ 3:03pm PDT

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
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BAFTA Awards: What ‘Artist’, Dujardin, Streep Wins Mean For Oscar – Hammond

Pete Hammond

If there was any question before today’s British Academy Film Awards that The Artist was the film to beat for the Oscars, the results in London just cemented it, and in an impressive sweep that portends big things. It wasn’t just the … Read More »

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64th BAFTA Awards Winners: ‘The Artist’, Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Director Michel Hazanavicius, ‘Rango’, Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer

By | Sunday February 12, 2012 @ 11:11am PST

LONDON: It’s a chilly evening here in Covent Garden where the BAFTA Awards are underway. The show is held at the Royal Opera House (where earlier I stood aside as Max von Sydow was escorted in through the stage door). The awards … Read More »

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BAFTA 2012 Preview: Very British Affair Takes On International Hue

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. Read More »

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John Hurt To Receive BAFTA Award For Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 12:52am PST

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.

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BAFTA Longlist: ‘My Week With Marilyn’ & ‘Tinker Tailor’ Lead Potential Nominees

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:

Best Film
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
The Iron Lady
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
My Week with Marilyn
Senna
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Film Not in the English Language
Abel
As If I Am Not There
The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan
Calvet
Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)
Incendies
Little White Lies
Pina
Post Mortem
Potiche
Le Quattro Volte
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Tomboy
The Troll Hunter

Outstanding British Film
Arthur Christmas
Attack the Block
Coriolanus
The Guard
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
The Iron Lady
Jane Eyre
My Week with Marilyn
Senna
Shame
Submarine
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tyrannosaur
War Horse
We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Brits Dominate BAFTA’s Orange Rising Star Longlist

The longlist for BAFTA’s 2012 Orange Rising Star Award has been announced. The group is made up of 4 Brits, 2 Americans, an Irishman and an Aussie who are seen as the hottest up-and-comers of the year – though some … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: The Netherlands, New Zealand, Mexico, UK

3D Conversion Of Paramount’s ‘Top Gun’ In The Works
Another blockbuster is getting the 3D conversion treatment, it seems. Top Gun, Tony Scott’s iconic 1986 film starring Tom Cruise, is being re-formatted for a possible 2012 release by Paramount. That was the word from Legend3D CEO Rob Hummel, speaking today at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, where he presented a 4-minute clip in the new format. “I think Top Gun lends itself to 3D due to the aerial flight,” Hummel said. “You can have fun with 3D by bringing things off the screen if they are not attached to the edge of the screen.” Hummel said that the studio wanted to get Scott’s approval before proceeding, while Paramount said there had been no talk of a release date. If the redo of the blockbuster does materialize, it will be on top of 3D conversions of The Lion King, set for release later this month, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Titanic.

Vicki Jackways To Represent New Zealand In Hollywood
New Zealand is reaching out to Hollywood in a bid to lure more film shoots and facilitate U.S. co-productions. Film New Zealand and Park Road Post Production are teaming on an initiative that will see Park Road’s marketing chief Vicki Jackways working to heighten New Zealand’s Hollywood presence next year when she comes to L.A. in a semi-permanent capacity. New Zealand is on Hollywood’s location map and has an established effects and post-production infrastructure. It famously served as Middle Earth for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. “Thanks to the talents and entrepreneurship of our screen industry across the country, and the backing of successive governments, New Zealand has built a remarkable reputation as a film-making culture. Los Angeles-based representation is an important next step in taking full advantage of this reputation.”
Netflix CEO: Two Years Until We See Profit In Mexico
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings estimated today that it will take two years before his firm sees any returns from Mexico. “We are going to lose money for a while … it will take a lot of subscribers to get to profitability,” he said at a Mexico City news conference to mark the launch, part of a previously announced Latin American expansion. He declined to say how many subscribers it would take to get into the black but expressed confidence that the bandwidth commonly available in Mexico, markedly lower than that common to the U.S., would be viable. Netflix will charge $8 for a monthly subscription in Mexico. Local broadcasters TV Azteca and will make some of their content available through Netflix in Mexico, he said.
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OSCAR: Hammond Analyzes BAFTA Impact

Pete Hammond

Ever since the British Academy of Film and Television Arts several years ago moved their honors ceremony to coincide with Hollywood’s awards season, it’s been hit and miss as a predictor of the Oscars. Even though there is probably a … Read More »

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BAFTA Awards Tip Hat To Harvey Weinstein

Overall, tonight’s BAFTA awards show — known as “the British Oscars” – was marred by human errors and technical flubs. But the winners didn’t care. I counted 7 name-checks for Harvey Weinstein during the evening. In fact, pretty much every time one … Read More »

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2011 BAFTA Winners: ‘The King’s Speech’ Sweeps 7 Awards Including Best Film; David Fincher, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter

Tonight Oscar favorite Colin Firth won a second consecutive Lead Actor BAFTA (the British Oscars) at this year’s awards ceremony held at the Royal Opera House in London. He won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts prize for his role in … Read More »

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OSCAR: Documentary On ‘Social Network’

Pete Hammond

Sony Pictures is looking for any way to focus attention back on the reasons why The Social Network was the early Best Picture frontrunner for most of the season until it got gobsmacked in the Guild awards by a certain … Read More »

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BAFTA Awards Harry Potter Film Franchise

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce that the Harry Potter film series will receive the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards. JK Rowling and David

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Emma Stone,Tom Hardy, Andrew Garfield Among Nominees For BAFTA Rising Star

Today at BAFTA Headquarters, jury member, film director, actor, and award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Drew announced the hotly anticipated nominees for the newly named Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award 2011. The nominations recognise five international actors and actresses whose talent has captured … Read More »

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BAFFLING BAFTA: Explaining British Oscar

By | Friday November 26, 2010 @ 6:14pm PST

Extravagant film producer Alexander Korda first broached the idea of establishing a British equivalent of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over a suitably lavish dinner he was hosting for his fellow film swells at swank Claridge’s Hotel on May 13, 1947. Those sitting round the table included directors David Lean and Carol Reed and Ealing Comedies creator Michael Balcon. Having worked their way through sole with Liebfraumilch followed by steak and kidney pie, Korda compared their dessert of hot whipped meringue concealing a frozen ice cream heart to Russian women of his acquaintance. That’s when the conversation abruptly turned to why didn’t Britain have its own film academy giving awards? There had never been a British equivalent of the Oscars, so Lean was appointed the first chairman and donated his royalties. At the inaugural awards on May 29, 1949, Laurence Olivier presented just four categories. Now the British Academy Of Film & Television Arts presents 22 at its televised film–only awards show.

If you think the Oscars are overly complicated, then the BAFTAs will positively baffle. That’s because the current push is for their increasing democratization. Only the 6,350 film members are allowed to vote for the motion picture awards. They used to wade through every film released in Britain but that changed in 2005 when it became the responsibility of each pic’s producer and distributor to decide submissions which close on November 18 for the 2011 BAFTAs. The longlist will be published on December 3.

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SHOCKER! Academy Discusses Moving Oscars To January; Moguls See Plusses

Osc2BREAKING NEWS!… EXCLUSIVE… 2ND UPDATE: Latest news is that it’s more likely to be the plan for 2012. But outside chance it could be for the next Oscars. Also, Academy executive director Bruce Davis sent out an email scolding AMPAS board members … Read More »

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