The Queen, James Bond In…Borat, Dreamgirls Out at the BAFTAs


The Queen, Casino Royale, and the Guillermo del Toro-directed fantasy, Pan’s Labyrinth received the most mentions for this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) for Film. The awards, which air here on BBC AMERICA on February 11th, are among the many important precursors for the Academy Awards. But being British, the BAFTAs definitely favor homegrown talent. You can see this clearly in the acting nods; don’t expect to see names like Leslie Phillips or Frances de la Tour come Oscar time.

The Guardian‘s Geoffrey Macnab notes BAFTA’s celebration of veteran actors:

Peter O’Toole, 74, is in the running for best actor for his role as the ageing thesp in Roger Michell’s Venus. His co-star Leslie Phillips, 82, has received a supporting actor nomination. Judi Dench, 72, Helen Mirren, 61, Richard Griffiths, 59, Meryl Streep, 57, and Jack Nicholson, 69, are also contenders for major awards.

Here are some notable nominees:

  • Daniel Craig scored an easy BAFTA nod, and, likely, a win for his landmark first outing as James Bond. Could an Oscar nod be in the cards for 007? (If he does slip in as an Oscar nominee, he could be unbeatable in this weak year for leading actors.)
  • The Last King of Scotland slipped in for Best Film and Best British Film.
  • Richard Griffiths and Frances de la Tour were both nominated for The History Boys.
  • Our girl Emily Blunt (Gideon’s Daughter) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Devil Wears Prada.

Here are some notable snubs:

  • No Borat or Sacha Baron Cohen.
  • No The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
  • No The History Boys for Best British Film.
  • Only two nominations for Dreamgirls – Music and Jennifer Hudson. It didn’t get in for Best Picture, Best Director for Bill Condon, or Best Supporting Actor for Eddie Murphy.
  • No Cate Blanchett (or Bill Nighy, for that matter) for Notes on a Scandal.
  • No Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness.
  • No acting nods for Babel.Here’s the complete list. (To skip past the nominees and read the rest of Anglophenia, click here.):

    FILM
    BABEL – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu/Jon Kilik/Steve Golin
    THE DEPARTED – Brad Pitt/Brad Grey/Graham King
    THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND – Andrea Calderwood/Lisa Bryer/Charles Steel
    LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE*
    THE QUEEN – Tracey Seaward/Christine Langan/Andy Harries

    THE ALEXANDER KORDA AWARDfor the Outstanding British Film of the Year
    CASINO ROYALE – Michael G. Wilson/Barbara Broccoli/Martin Campbell/Neal Purvis/Robert Wade/Paul Haggis
    THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND – Andrea Calderwood/Lisa Bryer/Charles Steel/Kevin Macdonald/Peter Morgan/Jeremy Brock
    NOTES ON A SCANDAL – Scott Rudin/Robert Fox/Richard Eyre/Patrick Marber
    THE QUEEN – Tracey Seaward/Christine Langan/Andy Harries/Stephen Frears/Peter Morgan
    UNITED 93 – Tim Bevan/Lloyd Levin/Paul Greengrass

    THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer, or Producer in their First Feature Film
    ANDREA ARNOLD (Director) – Red Road
    JULIAN GILBEY (Director) – Rollin’ with the Nines
    CHRISTINE LANGAN (Producer) – Pierrepoint
    GARY TARN (Director) – Black Sun
    PAUL ANDREW WILLIAMS (Director) – London to Brighton

    THE DAVID LEAN AWARD for Achievement in Direction
    BABEL – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    THE DEPARTED – Martin Scorsese
    LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris
    THE QUEEN – Stephen Frears
    UNITED 93 – Paul Greengrass

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    BABEL – Guillermo Arriaga
    LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Michael Arndt
    PAN’S LABYRINTH – Guillermo del Toro
    THE QUEEN – Peter Morgan
    UNITED 93 – Paul Greengrass

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    CASINO ROYALE – Neal Purvis/Robert Wade/Paul Haggis
    THE DEPARTED – William Monahan
    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Aline Brosh McKenna
    THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND – Peter Morgan/Jeremy Brock
    NOTES ON A SCANDAL – Patrick Marber

    FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
    APOCALYPTO – Mel Gibson/Bruce Davey
    BLACK BOOK (ZWARTBOEK) – Teun Hilte/San Fu Maltha/Jens Meurer/Paul Verhoeven
    PAN’S LABYRINTH – Alfonso Cuaron/Bertha Navarro/Frida Torresblanco/Guillermo del Toro
    RANG DE BASANTI (PAINT IT YELLOW) – Ronnie Screwvala/Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
    VOLVER – Agustin Almodovar/Pedro Almodovar

    ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
    CARS – John Lasseter
    FLUSHED AWAY – David Bowers/Sam Fell
    HAPPY FEET – George Miller

    ACTOR in a LEADING ROLE
    DANIEL CRAIG – Casino Royale
    LEONARDO DICAPRIO – The Departed
    RICHARD GRIFFITHS – The History Boys
    PETER O’TOOLE – Venus
    FOREST WHITAKER – The Last King of Scotland

    ACTRESS in a LEADING ROLE
    PENELOPE CRUZ – Volver
    JUDI DENCH – Notes on a Scandal
    HELEN MIRREN – The Queen
    MERYL STREEP – The Devil Wears Prada
    KATE WINSLET – Little Children

    ACTOR in a SUPPORTING ROLE
    ALAN ARKIN – Little Miss Sunshine
    JAMES MCAVOY – The Last King of Scotland
    JACK NICHOLSON – The Departed
    LESLIE PHILLIPS – Venus
    MICHAEL SHEEN – The Queen

    ACTRESS in a SUPPORTING ROLE
    EMILY BLUNT – The Devil Wears Prada
    ABIGAIL BRESLIN – Little Miss Sunshine
    TONI COLETTE – Little Miss Sunshine
    FRANCES DE LA TOUR – The History Boys
    JENNIFER HUDSON – Dreamgirls

    THE ANTHONY ASQUITH AWARD for Achievement in Film Music
    BABEL – Gustavo Santaolalla
    CASINO ROYALE – David Arnold
    DREAMGIRLS – Henry Krieger
    HAPPY FEET – John Powell
    THE QUEEN – Alexandre Desplat

    CINEMATOGRAPHY
    BABEL – Rodrigo Prieto
    CASINO ROYALE – Phil Meheux
    CHILDREN OF MEN – Emmanuel Lubezki
    PAN’S LABYRINTH – Guillermo Navarro
    UNITED 93 – Barry Ackroyd

    EDITING
    BABEL – Stephen Mirrione/Douglas Crise
    CASINO ROYALE – Stuart Baird
    THE DEPARTED – Thelma Schoonmaker
    THE QUEEN – Lucia Zucchetti
    UNITED 93 – Clare Douglas/Christopher Rouse/Richard Pearson

    PRODUCTION DESIGN
    CASINO ROYALE – Peter Lamont/Simon Wakefield
    CHILDREN OF MEN – Geoffrey Kirkland/Jim Clay/Jennifer Williams
    MARIE ANTOINETTE – K K Barrett/Veronique Melery
    PAN’S LABYRINTH – Eugenio Caballero/Pilar Revuelta
    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST – Rick Heinrichs/Cheryl A Carasik

    COSTUME DESIGN
    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Patricia Field
    MARIE ANTOINETTE – Milena Canonero
    PAN’S LABYRINTH – Lala Huete
    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST – Penny Rose
    THE QUEEN – Consolata Boyle

    SOUND
    BABEL – Jose Garcia/Jon Taylor/Chris Minkler/Martín Hernandez
    CASINO ROYALE – Chris Munro/Eddy Joseph/Mike Prestwood Smith/Martin Cantwell/Mark Taylor
    PAN’S LABYRINTH – Martin Hernandez/Jamie Bashkt
    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST – Christopher Boyes/George Watters II/ Paul Massey/Lee Orloff
    UNITED 93 – Chris Munro/Mike Prestwood Smith/Douglas Cooper/Oliver Tarney/Eddy Joseph

    ACHIEVEMENT IN SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
    CASINO ROYALE – Steve Begg/Chris Corbould
    CHILDREN OF MEN – Frazer Churchill/Tim Webber/Michael Eames/Paul Corbould
    PAN’S LABYRINTH – Edward Irastorza/Everett Burrell
    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST – John Knoll/Hal Hickel/Charles Gibson
    SUPERMAN RETURNS – Mark Stetson

    MAKE UP & HAIR
    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Nicki Ledermann/Angel De Angelis
    MARIE ANTOINETTE – Jean-Luc Russier/Desiree Corridoni
    PAN’S LABYRINTH*
    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST – Ve Neill/Martin Samuel
    THE QUEEN – Daniel Phillips

    SHORT ANIMATION FILM
    DREAMS AND DESIRES – FAMILY TIES – Les Mills/Joanna Quinn
    GUY 101 – Ian Gouldstone
    PETER AND THE WOLF – Hugh Welchman/Alan Dewhurst/Suzie Templeton

    SHORT FILM
    CARE – Rachel Bailey/Corinna Faith
    CUBS – Lisa Williams/Tom Harper
    DO NOT ERASE – Asitha Ameresekere
    HIKIKOMORI – Karley Duffy/Paul Wright
    KISSING, TICKLING AND BEING BORED – David Smith/Jim McRoberts

    THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
    EMILY BLUNT
    EVA GREEN
    NAOMIE HARRIS
    CILLIAN MURPHY
    BEN WHISHAW

More feedback on yesterday’s big story: David Beckham‘s move to L.A.The Guardian’s Dave Hill thinks the transfer is just grand. After all, Becks stars in Hill’s own personal Field of Dreams. Hill writes in his Comment Is Free blog:

When he’s been jeered it’s often been on the grounds that he’s a Big Girl, a form of sexism that, tellingly, is driven by the same neuroses as homophobia. By the same token, though, how revealing such episodes have been. How valuable too. An English football male enacting tenderness and fragility is an intrinsically subversive spectacle. It has confused all the (far) right people, such as when he confounded many expectations by stepping into the national team captain’s boots with touching pride and surprising maturity.

Leave it to my man Mark Simpson to cut the b.s. and get straight to the f—ing. He suggests Beckham’s move is a major coup for America’s global strategy:

America needs Becks. Becks is one of the most popular people on the planet, at a time when the US is one of the most globally unpopular countries. That unpleasantness in the Middle East and the tantrums of Bush Junior may have something to do with it, but I suspect the problem is more to do with the way that America and Hollywood, so long at the cutting edge of commodifying masculinity, have fallen so far behind much of the rest of the world since the 1990s. Incredible as it may sound, American masculinity needs some tarty tips on how to tart it out more. Enter Becks, the tartiest tart in Tart-Town.

Also, check out Simpson’s piece on Morrissey’s Eurovision and his letter to the Sunday Telegraph in which he wrenches back ownership of the term he coined way back in ’94 – the metrosexual.

Also: Have Posh n’ Becks already found a swanky new house in L.A.?

In other news:

  • Why David Bowie endures.(The Independent)
  • Dawn French “steals the show” in her debut performance at the Royal Opera House.(Daily Mail)
  • Leo Sayer is the latest houseguest to walk out of Celebrity Big Brother – but not because he’s fed up with the Goodys.
    (The Sun)
  • Paul McCartney is “through with” birds. Does that mean he’s moved on to blokes? I have a few student loans I need to pay off and very little shame in my game…(The Sun)
  • Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys had tea and sponge cake for his 21st? Or is someone having a laugh at Victoria Newton‘s expense?(The Sun)
  • Madonna urges more people to circumvent the laws of impoverished Third World countries.(E!)
  • Madge risks bodily harm from angry Mancunians and Bristolians by saying that “England has only one city.”(Mirror)
  • Billie Piper has been called a “liar” by a former teacher, who calls Piper’s claims in her autobiography of rampant eating disorders in drama school “rubbish.”(Digital Spy)
  • Catching up with Gruff Rhys, frontman for the Super Furry Animals.(The Times)
  • UK game show host Carol Vorderman says very mean things about our favorite androgynous dandy and funnyman, Russell Brand. “So what do you have? A swearing, strange person, not a hermaphrodite, but one of those you’re not quite sure what he is – Russell Brand. I don’t fancy him. I don’t know if he’s trying to be a boy or a girl.”(The Sun)
  • Bathe in the hype: Arjan Writes alerts us to two Mika videos, one for the song “Grace Kelly” (how bad does this dude wanna be Freddie Mercury?), the other purely promotional for his new single and album.
  • Stephen Frears (The Queen, The Grifters, My Beautiful Laundrette) will be the first British director ever to head the jury at Cannes.(Guardian)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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