BAFTA longlist

Posted by · 3:06 pm · January 6th, 2009

I’ll wait until this slate of contenders is a wee bit narrower before I start really digging into it, but it looks like the BAFTA favorites are “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Frost/Nixon.”

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  • 1 1-06-2009 at 3:29 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Has Synecdoche, New York not been released in UK, or are the BAFTAs just full of shit?

  • 2 1-06-2009 at 4:31 pm

    Zach Baum said...

    Ralph Feinnes nommed for three supporting actor awards and Brolin the only one from milk

    What the Fuck?

  • 3 1-06-2009 at 4:44 pm

    Steven said...

    No Henson for “Benjamin Button” or Shannon for “Revolutionary Road.” Also Winslet’s lead for “The Reader.” I wonder if any of these will affect Academy voting…?

    It is a shame for Shannon though. If anyone was a scene stealer this year, it’s him.


  • 4 1-06-2009 at 5:20 pm

    Glenn said...

    Mamma Mia – Best Adapted Screenplay. LOL.

    Interesting that Nicole Kidman should appear on the Best Actress list. It seemed like the British press were even harsher on her than Americans.

    Harmonica, the briefest amount of research at IMDb will tell you that it is out 15 May in the UK. Notice “Persepolis” in amongst the nominees and in previous years Charlize Theron and others have appeared a year after they were nominated/won Oscars due to release date patterns.

    Don’t rag on the BAFTAs because the distributers don’t like releasing movies around the world as the same time as the US.

  • 5 1-06-2009 at 8:08 pm

    Helena said...

    It looks like with 13 nods “RR” is a big favorite as well !

  • 6 1-06-2009 at 8:28 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    All of those nominations and yet they snubbed Michael Shannon, the best thing about the movie.


  • 7 1-06-2009 at 8:54 pm

    R.J. said...

    Another snub for Taraji P. Henson! Oh well, I’m still thinking she’ll get an Oscar nom.

  • 8 1-07-2009 at 4:16 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Surprise, surprise… yet again, the organisation that prides itself on representing Britain won’t consider the year’s two best homegrown films (“Happy-Go-Lucky” and “Hunger”) for its top award.

    But hey, at least “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” made the cut. I despair.

    I hate BAFTA so much.

  • 9 1-07-2009 at 5:53 am

    Rob said...

    Maybe Guy. Or maybe people just forgot about a April release ?

    I have to be honest – I enjoyed Happy Go Lucky in April when it opened here – but was somewhat surprised by all the critics prizes in the US. I never got that feeling when it opened here, that it would get that sort of traction. But maybe that’s just me.

    BAFTA can’t really ever win, they are criticised for being partisan, and then for overlooking those small British films too.

    I like the lists – people always get in a lather about longlists – and usually the nominees are perfectly respectable.

  • 10 1-07-2009 at 5:55 am

    Rob said...

    I mean these are longlists – and not actual nominatons…..

    I have to say the BAFTA picks usually align nicely with my tastes. Johannson and Gyllenhaal’s wins were great.

    As were Best Film nods for ‘The Lives of Others’, “Eternal Sunshine’ and ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’.

    If only Oscar were so classy.

  • 11 1-07-2009 at 6:32 am

    D. said...

    Don’t laugh at Mamma Mia!’s multiple appearances on the longlist like you’d laugh at Pierce Brosnan’s voice! In Britain it’s become the most succesful film of all time, surpassing Titanic and such, and it has a good chance of many nominations come Bafta night.