Awards season in full swing: BAFTA Nominees

by Kelly

Often cited as the British equivalent to the Oscars, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced their nominees for the 2010 awards.  The winners will be presented live at the show aired Sunday, February 21st from the Royal Opera House in London.

Here are some of the nominees (the full list is available here).

BEST FILM

  • AVATAR James Cameron/Jon Landau
  • AN EDUCATION Finola Dwyer/Amanda Posey
  • THE HURT LOCKER Nominees TBC
  • PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE Lee Daniels/Sarah Siegel-Magness/Gary Magness
  • UP IN THE AIR Ivan Reitman/Jason Reitman/Daniel Dubiecki

 DIRECTOR

  • AVATAR James Cameron
  • DISTRICT 9 Neill Blomkamp
  • AN EDUCATION Lone Scherfig
  • THE HURT LOCKER Kathryn Bigelow
  • INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Quentin Tarantino

 ANIMATED FILM

  • CORALINE Henry Selick
  • FANTASTIC MR FOX Wes Anderson
  • UP Pete Docter

 LEADING ACTOR

  • JEFF BRIDGES Crazy Heart
  • GEORGE CLOONEY Up in the Air
  • COLIN FIRTH A Single Man
  • JEREMY RENNER The Hurt Locker
  • ANDY SERKIS Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

LEADING ACTRESS

  • CAREY MULLIGAN An Education
  • SAOIRSE RONAN The Lovely Bones
  • GABOUREY SIDIBE Precious: Based on the NovelPush by Sapphire
  • MERYL STREEP Julie & Julia
  • AUDREY TAUTOU Coco Before Chanel

As I previously noted in this post, David and I were not our usual movie-going selves in 2009 so we’ve only seen one of the films nominated – District 9 which we both really liked.  It was wonderfully written and moved us in a way that was completely unexpected.  Don’t expect a Hollywood version of aliens landing on earth however – these aliens are a rather unlikeable, cat food-eating cross between shrimp and grasshoppers – 7ft tall grasshoppers at that.  The real story is about social injustice.

I was also happy to see one of my favourite authors get a nod – at least, the film based on his book got a nod.  Coraline is nominated for Best Animated Film.  The original book was written by Neil Gaiman – you can read my post on him here.

I’m a big fan of Colin Firth so I was happy to see his name and of course, Avatar and James Cameron received all kinds of nominations.

Nominations for the Oscars will be announced February 2nd so we’ll see how much cross-over there is between the two awards shows.

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