Posted by · 6:41 pm · November 26th, 2008

Screen Daily delivers the bewildering news:

Day one sales of “Mamma Mia! – The Movie” have beaten “Titanic”‘s record, to become the fastest selling DVD of all time in the UK. Sales reached 1.669 million units, following its launch on November 24.

The previous record for day one DVD sales was held for 10 years by James Cameron’s Titanic. It sold 1.1 million units on its first day of release in 1998 in the UK.

This is just the latest milestone in a truly staggering journey for the film that has already seen it become the second-highest grosser of all time in the UK, again breathing down the neck of “Titanic.” Meanwhile, with a worldwide cume of other $560 million, it is handily the highest-grossing musical of all time. Words fail me.

I sense at this point that BAFTA will be unable to ignore the homegrown phenomenon. (Hell, people are making similar demands on AMPAS regarding “The Dark Knight.” Better film, but try telling that to the 1.6 million Brits who rushed out to the DVD store this week.)

So I’m officially predicting right here that “Mamma Mia!” will be nominated for Best British Film come January. I’m also banking on a Best Actress nom for Meryl Streep, whether in place of or alongside “Doubt.” (BAFTA permits actors to be nominated twice in a category.) Julie Walters, as I mentioned earlier, looks like an inevitable Best Supporting Actress candidate.

Finally, I’d count on a scattering of craft nods — sound, costume design and music. (Again, BAFTA’s curious rules make it eligible in this category — “Chicago,” “Walk the Line” and “Dreamgirls” all made it.) And hell, why not throw Amanda Seyfried into the mix for their Rising Star Award?

So, that makes seven BAFTA nominations. I’m just saying. Forewarned is forearmed.

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  • 1 11-26-2008 at 9:59 pm

    Glenn said...

    Yeah, I remember asking you about this movie and BAFTA. Costume sounds, at least, not as embarassing as many of the other categories it could theoretically land in (and I don’t even hate the movie!)

    Is “Doubt” coming out in the UK in time, anyway? I know they’ve had issues with the likes of Charlize Theron in the past who was nominated a year after everywhere else. If “Doubt” isn’t out in time then Streep is a certainty, right?

  • 2 11-26-2008 at 10:21 pm

    Casey said...

    thats gross

  • 3 11-27-2008 at 4:18 am

    Rob said...

    I would probably disagree with you on this. It will make the long lists I think. But Streep won’t make it in. I think ‘Best British Film’ is likely and the sort of scraps that a film like this gets thrown at. But as we know they are not always so predictable. ‘Calendar Girls’ was totally shut out in spite of great box office and public popularity.

    Julie Walters is always a threat (She has at least 4 BAFTA’s, and she can be a bit of a default nominee) but I don’t see this as getting too many nods, not at all. She’s so popular that you can never count her out.

    Doubt opens nationwide on 5th February, I think the ceremony is 7th, so its eligible. Just. And I think it will do well in acting and writing prizes.

    Its just one of those films everyone enjoys themselves during. Its not great film making, we all know that. But its innofensive stuff I think. Hell my parents went to the cinema for the first time in 2 years to see it. That’s why its played so well.

  • 4 11-27-2008 at 6:13 am

    Kokushi said...

    Depressing news, lol.

  • 5 11-27-2008 at 9:51 am

    Eunice said...

    Man, I really don’t like the idea of ‘Mamma Mia!’ getting nominated for anything other than a Golden Globe for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Musical/Comedy for Streep and Baranski or Walters. Seriously.

    Speaking from the point of view of a Meryl Streep fan, while Mamma Mia! has a relatively high entertainment value (considering the number of people who went out to see it, and the fact that some of them saw it more than once, me included), it does have one of the weakest plots in film history, and the technical aspect of the film does more than just bring down the curtain on the fact that its director has just made the stage-to-screen transition.

    BAFTA can’t transpose the ‘The Dark Knight’ clamor in its soil, putting ‘Mamma Mia!’ in its place instead. There’s at least a world between these two movies, in terms of quality alone. Maybe a ‘Rising Star Award’ nom for Seyfried, but beyond that, I don’t want and expect to see this film become a BAFTA contender.

    I hope BAFTA gives its love to other films instead. Hmmm. Something like ‘Son of Rambow’ would be nice, I guess.

    Mamma Mia! is for a grand, fun time–not awards material. Sorry.

  • 6 11-27-2008 at 10:29 am

    AdamL said...

    Part of me wants to call you a complete lunatic for predicting such nonsense but the rest of me know you are probably, worryingly, right.

    Surely they can’t nominate Walters? She was horrific. Streep was pretty awful too. Costumes – surely not. Sound – surely not. Music fine, but it’s only rehashed 30 year old songs so even a nom here is a stretch. The film was dreadful but sticking it in Best British film is almost reasonable since you normally have a hard time finding 5 decent British films in one year.

    And hasn’t it already passed Titanic for highest grossing film? If not there can only be a few hundred quid in it?

  • 7 11-27-2008 at 10:42 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Personally, much as I hate myself for saying it, I think a Best Actress nod for Streep would be fair. Ghastly as I found the whole enterprise, she carries the whole saggy albatross of a movie like a trooper.

    I’m not sure it would have been as popular with a less assured actress in the lead, so the film is to be rewarded anywhere, Streep would be my first port of call.

    Really hope it doesn’t happen though.

  • 8 11-27-2008 at 10:46 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    And sorry Eunice, but I couldn’t bear “Son of Rambow.” Too precious for words.

    Anyway, I think “Hunger” will handily take Best British Film in the end. Possibly “Slumdog Millionaire,” which I think will be eligible, but they tend to go for the less obvious option these days.

  • 9 11-27-2008 at 1:32 pm

    Rob said...

    And they tend to like Julie Walters in the TV BAFTA’s more.

    They won’t shame themselves by handing out more than a couple of nods to this. Its was abominated by UK critics as I recall. But its critic proof.

  • 10 11-27-2008 at 3:41 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Aside from being cheesy but perhaps fun (for some people. Not me) the movie is just poorly produced. Only the fact it contained such marvelous songs kept it interesting. Why people don´t see beyond those songs that are over 30 years old on such a massive scale baffles me.

    If this gets any awards attention aside from the Razzies I´ll go out and rent a dvd copy of this film and burn it.

  • 11 11-27-2008 at 7:21 pm

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    Guy, would you say Streep carries it like a “super” trooper?

    I think everyone’s being a tad too harsh with this film. Sure, it isn’t great. But it’s hugely entertaining… and that’s all it intended to be. We should accept that, and not deride it simply because we are Oscar snobs schmoozing on this Oscar blog.

    But then again, I guess that’s what we all come to this website for, isn’t it?

  • 12 11-28-2008 at 3:40 am

    Guy Lodge said...


    a) D’oh! Can’t believe I missed the “super trooper” opportunity.

    b) I’m not a snob. I like musicals, silly ones too. I just thought “Mamma Mia!” was really terribly executed even on its own terms — leadenly paced, unevenly performed, with no genuine wit, and worse, no visual flair.

    Someone like Stephan Elliott or Adam Shankman (whose “Hairspray” trounces “Mamma Mia!” on every creative level) could have made it a ball. As it is, I wasn’t that entertained. Millions clearly disagree with me, though.

  • 13 11-30-2008 at 4:39 am

    Eunice said...

    Nicolas, nice pun! But I’ll have to agree with Guy on the Mamma Mia! thing. I’m no snob either, but after the second time I saw Mamma Mia!, I really thought it could improve on a lot of things, both technical and acting-wise. But the credits were pretty awesome for a musical.

    Guy: It’s really turning out to be a boring season, isn’t it? I’m becoming a little disappointed. I’m gonna super-troop over to the acting section of the awards and focus on them. (pun intended.) I still feel iffy about giving Meryl Streep a BAFTA Best Actress nomination, but somehow I feel she’s going to get one, for the reason you stated. She does elevate otherwise mediocre work and has been recognized for it–Music of the Heart comes to mind–so I guess it’d be reasonable to think, ‘why not recognize her for this one too?’. I don’t know how it is over on the UK, since like most people, I do tend to focus on the US scene, but since it busted up records and was loved by a lot of people, maybe they’ll recognize it for that.

    And yes, Adam Shankman could have made this so much more. He could have elevated the themes and made it more pleasing on all levels. Sigh, indeed. One can only dream.