Christopher Nolan honored by BAFTA/LA

Posted by · 4:38 pm · August 5th, 2010

As if you needed reminding that this is a pretty good summer for a certain Mr. Christopher Nolan, BAFTA/LA — the Anglo-American wing of the British Academy — has handed him their annual John Schlesinger Award for artistic excellence in directing. The award will be presented at their 2010 Britannia Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on November 4.

You’d be well advised not to read too much into this award as far as general BAFTA voting goes: last year, Emily Blunt was named British Artist of the Year by BAFTA/LA for her performance in “The Young Victoria,” and received not so much as a BAFTA nomination for her pains. Shared acronym aside, the two awards ceremonies bear little relation to each other.

Indeed, Nolan is the first filmmaker to land this particular gong in a year that could even be deemed his for the owning. Previously, BAFTA/LA has had a habit of rewarding directors the year after a notable achievement on their part: Danny Boyle in 2009, Stephen Frears in 2008, Martin, uh, Campbell in 2007, and so on. Clearly, they feel that “Inception” is an achievement that warrants less delayed recognition — which may or may not be significant.

Meanwhile, British Artist of the Year, the title awarded to Blunt last year, has this time been bestowed upon Michael Sheen. Some might say that he’s had better years than the one in which he reprised his Tony Blair impression yet again for the small screen and had the misfortune to land in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” but what do they know? Congratulations all round.

[Photo: Esquire]

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  • 1 8-05-2010 at 5:53 pm

    Fitz said...

    Hopefully this translates into an Academy nod for Best Director, but I thought that when The Dark Knight came out as well.

  • 2 8-05-2010 at 6:00 pm

    Drew said...

    Well given the unfortunate piss-poor reaction that Inception recieved at it’s academy screening not long ago, it is nice to know that Mr. Nolan will be rewarded with some kind of a merrited honor for his chores and talents even though others may not entirley agree. But I guess that’s one of the problems with awarding things. It all comes down to the opinions of a few to take upon the near impossible task of comparing one piece of work to another. Either way, congrats to the autuer from the other side of the Atlantic.

  • 3 8-05-2010 at 7:46 pm

    George said...

    Where did you hear about the reaction from the academy screening?

  • 4 8-05-2010 at 7:51 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    I’m fascinated that “Inception” received a poor reception at an Academy viewing. I didn’t think much of the film myself, but my reaction rarely tracks with the Academy’s. (I detested “American Beauty” and “Silence of the Lambs,” for example.) I would love to hear from Kris or others whether these Academy viewing reactions often translate into nominations or lack thereof.

  • 5 8-05-2010 at 8:09 pm

    DRM said...


    Tapley posted a comment on one of Guy’s articles (title was “I’ll give you 10 guesses”). He said there were walkouts at the screening and the overall reception wasn’t good.

  • 6 8-06-2010 at 9:08 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    martin campbell in 2007, wasnt that casino royale? god i loved that movie, no arguments from me

  • 7 8-06-2010 at 2:21 pm

    Pete said...

    Michael Sheen is the worst actor working today. His overacting in every role is so evident. How does nobody notice this??????????? He overacts! like laughably bad overacting!

  • 8 8-08-2010 at 6:03 am

    austin111 said...

    Hmmm…..I can easily imagine walkouts by Academy members of almost any non-linear film in history including 2001, Eternal Sunshine, Memento, ad nauseum. Doesn’t mean everyone hated it by a long shot, though. I’m sure the film skews much younger due to all the layering of plots and subplots. Still, I’m north of 50 years old myself and I have to say that I certainly enjoyed it and wasn’t that terribly confused by it. As an aside, I was warned that the IMAX version was terribly loud but I didn’t find it so myself. Genuinely loved most of it and still mulling it over. Some of the criticisms seem fair enough but others I don’t really get, like the lack of emotional connection. At the end, I teared up and was moved to my surprise, since other reviews made it sound like a cold fish. And that ending….OY!!! There’s more than meets the eye on that one.

  • 9 8-08-2010 at 4:06 pm

    Fitz said...

    Walkouts by Academy Members like Mickey Rooney? Couldn’t care less.