‘Black Swan,’ ‘King’s Speech’ lead BAFTA longlists

Posted by · 6:38 am · January 7th, 2011

I’ve never really been sure why BAFTA bothers to announce this stage in their voting process — the 15 names in each category from which the final nominees will be plucked — unless it’s to reveal the extraordinarily narrow range of titles they’re willing to consider for awards in any one field. (Ellen Page for Best Supporting Actress? Seriously, BAFTA? And let’s not even get into those Director and Actor mentions for “Alice in Wonderland.”)

“Black Swan” and “The King’s Speech” lead the way with 15 longlist mentions apiece. Don’t place too much stock in those numbers (uh, the latter film for visual effects?), but expect robust nomination hauls on 18 January. One can largely anticipate that announcement by noting the five contenders in each category marked with an asterisk — those indicate the relevant voting branch’s top selections, and the eventual nominees usually differ only by one or two names, if at all.

It’s mostly predictable stuff, but there are a few interesting developments, particularly concerning two category placements that have been hotly debated all season.

Unlike most other awards bodies, BAFTA have done the right thing by placing “True Grit” novice Hailee Steinfeld in the Best Actress race (she’s not, however one of the acting chapter’s top five), while in something of a swap, “Another Year” star Lesley Manville has been dropped to supporting.

Also of note in the performance categories: Julianne Moore places in the chapter’s top five for “The Kids Are All Right,” and while the “Black Swan” trio of Barbara Hershey, Mila Kunis and (surprise!) Winona Ryder all feature in the supporting actress longlist, the only one with an asterisk is … Hershey.

Whether the general membership, all of whom vote on the final nominees in every category, will go along with this, or swing with the Mila Kunis buzz, will be interesting to see. Check out the longlists below, if you feel so inclined.

Best Film
127 Hours
Another Year
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
Made In Dagenham
Shutter Island
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Director
127 Hours *
Alice In Wonderland
Another Year
Black Swan *
The Fighter
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Inception *
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech *
Made In Dagenham
Shutter Island
The Social Network *
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit

Leading Actor
Aaron Eckhart (Howie) – Rabbit Hole
Ben Affleck (Doug MacRay) – The Town
Colin Firth (King George VI) – The King’s Speech *
James Franco (Aron Ralston) – 127 Hours *
Javier Bardem (Uxbal) – Biutiful *
Jeff Bridges (Marshal Reuben J Cogburn) – True Grit *
Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg) – The Social Network *
Jim Broadbent (Tom) – Another Year
Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter) – Alice In Wonderland
Leonardo DiCaprio (Cobb) – Inception
Leonardo DiCaprio (Teddy Daniels) – Shutter Island
Mark Wahlberg (Micky Ward) – The Fighter
Paul Giamatti (Barney Panofsky) – Barney’s Version
Robert Duvall (Felix Bush) – Get Low
Ryan Gosling (Dean) – Blue Valentine

Leading Actress
Andrea Riseborough (Rose) – Brighton Rock
Annette Bening (Nic) – The Kids Are All Right *
Carey Mulligan (Kathy) – Never Let Me Go *
Gemma Arterton (Alice) – The Disappearance Of Alice Creed
Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe) – Tamara Drewe
Hailee Steinfeld (Mattie Ross) – True Grit
Jennifer Lawrence (Ree) – Winter’s Bone
Julianne Moore (Jules) – The Kids Are All Right *
Michelle Williams (Cindy) – Blue Valentine *
Natalie Portman (Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen) – Black Swan *
Nicole Kidman (Becca) – Rabbit Hole
Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander) – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Rosamund Pike (Miriam Grant-Panofsky) – Barney’s Version
Sally Hawkins (Rita O’Grady) – Made In Dagenham
Tilda Swinton (Emma Recchi) – I Am Love

Supporting Actor
Andrew Garfield (Eduardo Saverin) – The Social Network *
Andrew Garfield (Tommy) – Never Let Me Go
Ben Kingsley (Dr Cawley) – Shutter Island
Bill Murray (Frank Quinn) – Get Low
Bob Hoskins (Albert) – Made In Dagenham*
Christian Bale (Dicky Eklund) – The Fighter *
Dustin Hoffman (Izzy Panofsky) – Barney’s Version
Geoffrey Rush (Lionel Logue) – The King’s Speech *
Guy Pearce (King Edward VIII) – The King’s Speech
Jeremy Renner (James Coughlin) – The Town
Justin Timberlake (Sean Parker) – The Social Network
Mark Ruffalo (Paul) – The Kids Are All Right *
Matt Damon (La Boeuf) – True Grit
Pete Postlethwaite (Fergus ‘Fergie’ Colm) – The Town
Vincent Cassel (Thomas Leroy / The Gentleman) – Black Swan

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams (Charlene Fleming) – The Fighter *
Barbara Hershey (Erica Sayers / The Queen) – Black Swan *
Ellen Page (Ariadne) – Inception
Geraldine James (Connie) – Made In Dagenham
Helena Bonham Carter (Queen Elizabeth) – The King’s Speech *
Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen) – Alice In Wonderland
Lesley Manville (Mary) – Another Year *
Marion Cotillard (Mal) – Inception
Melissa Leo (Alice Ward) – The Fighter
Mila Kunis (Lily / The Black Swan) – Black Swan
Miranda Richardson (Barbara Castle) – Made In Dagenham *
Olivia Williams (Ruth Lang) – The Ghost
Rebecca Hall (Claire Keesey) – The Town
Rosamund Pike (Lisa Hopkins) – Made In Dagenham
Winona Ryder (Beth Macintyre / The Dying Swan) – Black Swan

Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours *
Alice In Wonderland
Barney’s Version
Brighton Rock
Despicable Me
The Ghost
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Never Let Me Go
Rabbit Hole
Shutter Island
The Social Network *
The Town
Toy Story 3 *
True Grit *
Winter’s Bone *

Original Screenplay
Another Year
Biutiful
Black Swan *
Blue Valentine
The Disappearance Of Alice Creed
The Fighter *
Four Lions
Get Low
Hereafter
I Am Love
Inception *
The Kids Are All Right *
The King’s Speech *
Made In Dagenham
Of Gods and Men

Cinematography
127 Hours
Alice In Wonderland
Black Swan *
The Fighter
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
I Am Love
Inception *
The King’s Speech *
Never Let Me Go
Shutter Island *
The Social Network
The Town
True Grit *
Winter’s Bone

Production Design
127 Hours
Alice In Wonderland *
Black Swan *
Brighton Rock
The Fighter
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 *
I Am Love
Inception *
The King’s Speech *
Made In Dagenham
Never Let Me Go
Shutter Island *
The Social Network
True Grit *

Costume Design
Alice In Wonderland *
Black Swan *
Brighton Rock
Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
I Am Love
Inception
Kick-Ass
The King’s Speech *
Made In Dagenham *
Never Let Me Go
Shutter Island
The Social Network
True Grit *

Editing
127 Hours *
Alice In Wonderland
Black Swan *
The Fighter
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception *
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech *
Made In Dagenham
Shutter Island
The Social Network *
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit

Make Up & Hair
127 Hours
Alice In Wonderland *
Black Swan *
Brighton Rock
The Fighter
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 *
I Am Love
Inception
The King’s Speech *
Made In Dagenham *
Never Let Me Go
Shutter Island
The Social Network
True Grit

Original Music
127 Hours
Alice In Wonderland *
Biutiful
Brighton Rock
Despicable Me
The Ghost
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
How To Train Your Dragon *
Inception *
The King’s Speech *
Made In Dagenham
Never Let Me Go
The Social Network *
The Town

Sound
127 Hours *
Alice In Wonderland
Black Swan *
Brighton Rock
The Fighter
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception *
The King’s Speech *
Made In Dagenham
Shutter Island
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3 *
True Grit *

Special Visual Effects
127 Hours
Alice In Wonderland *
Black Swan
Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 *
Hereafter
How To Train Your Dragon
Inception *
Iron Man 2 *
Kick-Ass
The King’s Speech
Monsters
Shutter Island
Toy Story 3
Tron Legacy *

Animated Film
Chico & Rita
Despicable Me *
How To Train Your Dragon *
Illusionist, The
Toy Story 3 *

[Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures]




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49 responses so far

  • 1 1-07-2011 at 6:45 am

    Maxim said...

    I am shocked that Page’s turn in Inception is getting this much bad press. For my money she nailed the young brush brainy type.

  • 2 1-07-2011 at 6:50 am

    Graysmith said...

    I’m trying to wrap my head around how Tim Burton got shortlisted for Best Director ahead of the likes of Roman Polanski and Debra Granik, to name two off the top of my head.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE Burton fan, but Alice in Wonderland was not one of his better films.

  • 3 1-07-2011 at 6:51 am

    Simon Warrasch said...

    Where the FUCK is Jackie Weaver????? Is Animal Kingdom eligible for the Baftas because it has not been released so far in England?

  • 4 1-07-2011 at 6:53 am

    Ken said...

    Of Gods and Men was eligible (screenplay nod) and it wasn’t nominated for Cinematography? That makes absolutely 0 sense.

  • 5 1-07-2011 at 6:54 am

    half empty said...

    As wooden as Page was in Inception, she’s still more deserving than Burton or Depp for Alice.

  • 6 1-07-2011 at 6:56 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Graysmith: I didn’t even spot that. Jesus Christ.

    Simon: Relax, Weaver isn’t eligible — as you suspect, Animal Kingdom’s UK release is too late to qualify.

  • 7 1-07-2011 at 6:58 am

    Zack said...

    Charlene’s last name was Fleming? Wow. I learned something today.
    Also, I’m not too up on BAFTA voting trends; do you think there’s any chance Postlethwaite would get a sympathy nomination, if not win, a la Michael Douglas’s Globe nom? (I can already tell it’s kind of a dumb question if I’m comparing the BAFTAs to the Golden Globes.)

  • 8 1-07-2011 at 6:59 am

    tdr said...

    Simon, Weaver was deemed ineligible because Animal Kingdom has not been released in the UK yet.
    I’m surprised that John Hawkes is not on the shortlist.
    Also that Garfield has an asteriks next to his Social Network turn and not on Never Let Me Go. I thought they would prefer his latter performance.

  • 9 1-07-2011 at 7:00 am

    Graysmith said...

    Alright, a few more comments:

    Tron Legacy missed out on both sound (!) and score (not so surprising, but boo anyway). True Grit was seemingly deemed ineligible for its score too, rather unfairly if I may say so myself.

    Interesting to see Pete Postlethwaite’s name pop up. He’s obviously not there because of his passing, and while I don’t think he’s too likely to get nominated, it’s a nice little posthumous recognition to see his name here.

    Not happy that John Hawkes didn’t make the cut, but I guess the Brits weren’t too crazy for the film by the look of things.

    As for Hailee Steinfeld, great for them for recognizing her in the true category, but a shame that all this category “confusion” might cost her an Oscar nomination.

  • 10 1-07-2011 at 7:01 am

    Maxim said...

    Which may not have been a big stretch but takes nothing away from her work. By the way, it’s celar to me that the very reason for this list is so that the brunches can get to basically tell the general voters who they should vote for. Seems rather undemocratic (and kind of lame) in that regard.

  • 11 1-07-2011 at 7:01 am

    tdr said...

    Yay for Bardem getting shortlisted! And considered a front-runner! Bravo BAFTA.

  • 12 1-07-2011 at 7:02 am

    RyanT said...

    Was SCOTT PILGRIM not eligible or did they really not like the film? I mean a few token tech longlist mentions AT LEAST, no?

  • 13 1-07-2011 at 7:05 am

    Graysmith said...

    @Guy,

    It seems like BAFTA suffers all too much of a sense of responsibility to honor anything of British origin, i.e. Alice in Wonderland being a classic book by a British author.. In addition to the film being a huge hit, although BAFTA has always seemed to care less about that than its U.S. counterpart(s). I don’t know, a mystery is what it is.

  • 14 1-07-2011 at 7:13 am

    BLH said...

    I was under the impression that True Grit hadn’t been released in the UK yet. Do the BAFTAS routinely do this sort of thing, do help keep step with the Oscars?

  • 15 1-07-2011 at 7:23 am

    DylanS said...

    If anybody should be even considered from “Alice” it should be Mia, and she’s not even shortlisted. WTF BAFTA!

  • 16 1-07-2011 at 7:32 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    It seems like BAFTA suffers all too much of a sense of responsibility to honor anything of British origin

    Not entirely true — more like anything of British origin that they think Americans might like too. Vastly acclaimed independent British fare, like “The Arbor” and “Neds,” that are nonetheless hard sells to the overseas market? Not welcome here.

    Not to mention the absence of “Monsters” — which won three awards, including Best Director, at the British Independent Film Awards, after all — from any category except visual effects.

    I say it every year, but the BAFTAs are an embarrassment — trying to please so many people they end up pleasing no one.

  • 17 1-07-2011 at 7:34 am

    Andrej said...

    Awesome for Julianne Moore, from TKAAR her role was the one I liked most. It’s true that it’s a story about these two women, but she’s the most pivotal character of all. I just hope she’ll manage to get in at the Oscars somehow. ☺

    As for Ellen Page… well, I guess they really liked Inception, because most people would have stopped at Marion Cotillard. It’s not that she’s that terribly bad there, but it’d been nicer to have Mia Wasikowska for TKAAR instead. Oh well, either way seemed unlikely.

  • 18 1-07-2011 at 7:35 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    BLH: You’re right that “True Grit” hasn’t been released here yet, but BAFTA’s eligibility calendar is different — anything released on or before February 11 can compete.

    “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “The King’s Speech” and “127 Hours” are all 2011 releases in the UK, actually.

  • 19 1-07-2011 at 7:39 am

    Liam S said...

    I’m a BAFTA voter here in the UK, but I can’t explain all the appearances and omissions….

    A lot of the awards movies haven’t opened yet. True Grit and Never Let Me Go come out in Feb (which certainly explains Andrew Garfield’s omission), King’s Speech and 127 Hours today, Black Swan in a couple of weeks. We’ve had the screeners for all these, but buzz definitely dictates which screeners members want to watch first. King’s Speech, Black Swan and True Grit seem to have been first into the DVD player. That’s why everything ends up looking like the Oscars.

  • 20 1-07-2011 at 7:56 am

    Ben M. said...

    One thing I noticed is Despicable Me did well, even making the screenplay longlist over How to Train Your Dragon, maybe it will grab an animated feature slot at the oscars. I actually liked Page more than Cotillard in Inception (though I wouldn’t nominate either) so I have no problem with that longlist mention. Though I do have to wonder if the Postlethwaite mention was a token sympathy gesture since I don’t remember him being singled out in many reviews for The Town. And The King’s Speech visual effects placement is a joke, a number of the set extension effects shot stood out as fake.

  • 21 1-07-2011 at 8:05 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I do have to wonder if the Postlethwaite mention was a token sympathy gesture

    Voting closed too early for that to be a factor. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him land a nomination now, however.

  • 22 1-07-2011 at 8:10 am

    Princess of Peace said...

    I am happy for Bardem, Manville, Moore and Mulligan. Also happy that Steinfeld is in the correct category.

  • 23 1-07-2011 at 8:13 am

    Hans said...

    Mildly interesting: no mention of Sandra Bullock.

  • 24 1-07-2011 at 8:33 am

    JJ1 said...

    I am now thinking:

    that Lesley Manville could sneak into Supporting with the Brit Block and Hailee Steinfeld or someone else could miss.

    In Best Actress, Nicole Kidman seems ok in 4th, but the 5th spot – now it could be down to Michelle Williams (asterisked here) and Moore (asterisked).

    Also, with a 5th spot in Best Actor not cemented, I could see Javier Bardem sliding in ahead of Bridges or Duvall.

  • 25 1-07-2011 at 8:42 am

    JJ1 said...

    Amd may I say, though it only got a smattering of asterisks, thus far … very nice mentions for Shutter Island.

    Slightly surprised that The Ghost Writer didn’t get quite as much as it did.

  • 26 1-07-2011 at 8:49 am

    A.J said...

    Best Actress’s 5th spot is down to:

    Swank
    Williams
    Steinfeld
    Moore

    In that order. Mainly cause Swank was nominated at the SAG awards.

  • 27 1-07-2011 at 9:22 am

    Estefan said...

    Hhm, anybody else notice the lack of Tangled in animated feature? Incidentally, The Princess and the Frog was also absent last year.

    Do they just have a grudge against Disney or what?

  • 28 1-07-2011 at 9:27 am

    Simon Warrasch said...

    At this time the strongest contenders for the acting categories are:

    Lead Actor:

    Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
    James Franco – 127 Hours
    Jeff Bridges – True Grit
    Javier Bardem – Biutiful
    Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

    Lead Actress:

    Natalie Portman – Black Swan
    Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine
    Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
    Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right
    Carey Mulligan – Never let me go

    Supporting Actor:

    Christian Bale – The Fighter
    Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech
    Andrew Garfield – The Social Network
    Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
    Bob Hoskins – Made in Dagenham

    Supporting Actress:

    Amy Adams – The Fighter
    Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
    Miranda Richardson – Made in Dagenham
    Barbara Hershey – Black Swan
    Lasley Manville – Another Year

  • 29 1-07-2011 at 9:27 am

    Simon Warrasch said...

    Wins for: (I predict)

    Colin Firth
    Natalie Portman
    Christian Bale
    Amy Adams

  • 30 1-07-2011 at 9:29 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Simon: Yes, we can see the asterisks in the acting categories too.

  • 31 1-07-2011 at 9:31 am

    red_wine said...

    This (and the entire season) is all a gathering storm of bad taste and sheep like herd mentality.

    I wonder precisely at what point does individual thought die, and a programmed opinion takes hold.

    The awards season is actually worthy of a scientific, physiological and sociological study that how people variously divided by time and vast geographical distances manage to come up with the same names again and again and again.

    It almost seems like something factual. You wonder, no? that there must be something to these titles that get mentioned ad nauseum again and again and again. Its like it emanates from the very inner being of award voters. As if conformity were the highest form of human aspiration, the goal that all intellect and faculty try to materialize.

  • 32 1-07-2011 at 9:47 am

    Patryk said...

    Barbara Hershey to the Oscars!

  • 33 1-07-2011 at 10:03 am

    eurocheese said...

    Yay for Julianne Moore, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page! (Page made my top five – not getting why people are bagging on that performance.) Surprised that Keira Knightley missed even the BAFTA shortlist, but even more surprised that The Ghost (Writer) didn’t make the top 15. I figured the Brits might pull for it more than that.

    Lawrence will make their five – they like to be Oscar-ish, so she’ll replace Moore or Williams. I’m a little concerned about Kidman, though it’s not a huge surprise she didn’t show. This makes me think Moore has a slight chance at that fifth slot for Oscar.

    Bardem over Duvall and Gosling, huh? Hmm…

    Oh, and Manville in supporting is very interesting. I’m still waiting to see the film to know where I’d put her personally, or where the Academy might want her. She may follow Hawkins as another snubbed Leigh lady.

    Hershey!

  • 34 1-07-2011 at 10:03 am

    Mdw said...

    Woah. Even those technical categories are over populated by films vying for best picture many of which are way less deserving than others. Make up and hair for 127 Hours, The Fighter and The Social Network??? TSN even got shortlisted for Costume Design!? What the hell are they smoking? Were they just afraid to nominate film’s that weren’t in discussion for best picture? They shouldn’t be releasing these lists. It really just shows how limited their scope is.

  • 35 1-07-2011 at 10:05 am

    Koto said...

    No “The Way Back”?? It was completely overlooked…
    I wonder why. Because it wasn’t seen by many people?

  • 36 1-07-2011 at 10:35 am

    Ibbs said...

    This may establish Lesley Manville as the frontrunner in the supporting category, and Hailee Steinfeld taking that last slot in Lead…

  • 37 1-07-2011 at 11:27 am

    JJ1 said...

    It’s interesting.

    I think there’s something to all this talk of ‘this may establish Lesley Manville’.

    These are real, living, breathing people who are very present in the minds/thoughts/faces/presence of the voters.

    They are not letters on a computer screen (that we pour over day in and day out). And who knows ….. maybe Oscar voters ARE on the Lesley Manville train all along.

  • 38 1-07-2011 at 11:29 am

    Joseph said...

    Thrilled for Manville and Hershey. Would love if the showed up on Oscar nod morning with Adams, Leo and Bonham Carter. Replacing Kunis. And Steinfeld is nominated in lead.

  • 39 1-07-2011 at 1:13 pm

    Mike said...

    Interesting that Melissa Leo does not have an asterisk. Amy Adams for the win and the Oscar. And Sandra Bullock: SNUBBED!

  • 40 1-07-2011 at 2:55 pm

    Jason said...

    Isn’t it sad that Carey Mulligan will probably win Best Actress just because she’s British?

  • 41 1-07-2011 at 3:24 pm

    Patryk said...

    Not nearly as sad as Sandra Bullock winning here last year. At least Carey Mulligan is deserving.

  • 42 1-07-2011 at 4:09 pm

    Liz said...

    I feel like I am missing something really obvious: why is Barbara Hershey listed as having played “Erica Sayers/The Queen.” Is it a typo left over from Natalie Portman’s entry?

  • 43 1-07-2011 at 6:15 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Isn’t it sad that Carey Mulligan will probably win Best Actress just because she’s British?

    That’s one hell of a leap — and I’m 100% sure it’s not going to happen. So don’t get too sad about your own speculation.

  • 44 1-08-2011 at 7:28 am

    Lucas said...

    Visual Effects for The King’s Speech? Did I miss a scene when Bertie and the King fight with magic, or something?

  • 45 1-09-2011 at 2:09 pm

    matsunaga said...

    Interesting, now most of the people were cursing BAFTAs after HFPA nominations…. And we`re still at the long list….

  • 46 1-09-2011 at 2:45 pm

    matsunaga said...

    What I can’t understand is the lack of Keira Knightley in the long list…

    Bafta prefers Ellen Page and Winona Ryder than her performance in Never Let Me Go?

    I wonder where the hate is coming from? The fact that Carey Mulligan makes it at the top 5?

    When Knightley have her moment this year with the Cronenberg film, I hope they recognize her….