The 2008 British Academy Film Award Nominations

Atonement, Britain’s great Oscar hope, received 14 mentions when today’s British Academy Film Award nominations were announced. Selected by BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts), the awards celebrate the best of British and international cinema. The ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, February 10th, could take on greater importance this year as the WGA strike threatens to kill the Oscars.

Atonement‘s leading lady, Keira Knightley, was actually nominated this year; she was snubbed by BAFTAs for her Oscar-nominated performance in Pride & Prejudice two years ago. Here’s a partial list of nominees:

FILM

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Brian Grazer/Ridley Scott
ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Scott Rudin/Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – JoAnne Sellar/Paul Thomas Anderson/Daniel Lupi

BEST BRITISH FILM

ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster/Joe Wright/Christopher Hampton
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Frank Marshall/Patrick Crowley/Paul L. Sandberg/Paul Greengrass/Tony Gilroy/Scott Z. Burns/George Nolfi
CONTROL – Orian Williams/ Todd Eckert/Anton Corbijn/Matt Greenhalgh
EASTERN PROMISES – Paul Webster/Robert Lantos/David Cronenberg/Steve Knight
THIS IS ENGLAND – Mark Herbert/Shane Meadows

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD
for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film

CHRIS ATKINS (Director/Writer) – Taking Liberties
MIA BAYS (Producer) – Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
SARAH GAVRON (Director) – Brick Lane
MATT GREENHALGH (Writer) – Control
ANDREW PIDDINGTON (Director/Writer) – The Killing of John Lennon

DIRECTOR

ATONEMENT – Joe Wright
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Paul Greengrass
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Steven Zaillian
JUNO – Diablo Cody
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
MICHAEL CLAYTON – Tony Gilroy
THIS IS ENGLAND – Shane Meadows

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

ATONEMENT – Christopher Hampton
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY – Ronald Harwood
THE KITE RUNNER – David Benioff
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
nominations announced on Friday 4 January

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY – Kathleen Kennedy/Jon Kilik/Julian Schnabel
THE KITE RUNNER – William Horberg/Walter Parkes/Rebecca Yeldham/Marc Foster
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann/Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
LUST, CAUTION – Bill Kong/James Schamus/Ang Lee
LA VIE EN ROSE – Alain Goldman/Olivier Dahan

ANIMATED FILM

RATATOUILLE – Brad Bird
SHREK THE THIRD – Chris Miller
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – Matt Groening/James L. Brooks

LEADING ACTOR

GEORGE CLOONEY – Michael Clayton
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – There Will Be Blood
JAMES McAVOY – Atonement
VIGGO MORTENSEN – Eastern Promises
ULRICH MÜHE – The Lives of Others

LEADING ACTRESS

CATE BLANCHETT – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
JULIE CHRISTIE – Away From Her
MARION COTILLARD – La Vie en Rose
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY – Atonement
ELLEN PAGE – Juno

SUPPORTING ACTOR

JAVIER BARDEM – No Country for Old Men
PAUL DANO – There Will Be Blood
TOMMY LEE JONES – No Country for Old Men
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – Charlie Wilson’s War
TOM WILKINSON – Michael Clayton

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

CATE BLANCHETT – I’m Not There
KELLY MACDONALD – No Country for Old Men
SAMANTHA MORTON – Control
SAOIRSE RONAN – Atonement
TILDA SWINTON – Michael Clayton

For more nominees, see the BAFTA site

In other news:

  • Apparently, British children’s series are much more scandalous than U.S. kid shows. Last week, the tabloids were abuzz after the suspicious death of CBBC presenter Mark Speight‘s fiancée. Today, Isaac Blake, a former cast member from the series In The Night Garden, claims he was fired from the show in 2006 for being gay and has filed a discrimination claim. However, according to The Daily Telegraph, colleagues told a court that Blake behaved inappropriately at work. One former co-worker said that Blake “kept saying he was distracted by the totty on set” and that he “asked male co-workers to wear shorts on set ‘for his pleasure’.” Another colleague said, “Isaac was always making comments to me that were not acceptable. I had to say to him once, ‘Why can’t you have a conversation with me without looking at my crotch?’” Show creator Andrew Davenport says Blake was “exhausting to deal with and took up too much time and effort” and that he once injured himself on the set due to “overacting” and “attention-seeking.”
  • Kate Winslet has won raves for her voluptuous appearance in a black gown at last night’s Motion Pictures Annual Awards in NYC.(Daily Mail)
  • The Sun‘s Sara Nathan has done the first review of Ashes To Ashes – and she quite likes it: “I was hoping Ashes would live up to the hype – and believe me it does, with Philip Glenister, as Hunt, at his absolute best. Crack open a bottle of Asti Spumanti and enjoy when it airs on BBC1 from mid February.”
  • Hollyoaks‘ McQueen sisters – Jacqui, Mercedes, Tina, Carmel, and Michaela – will appear on this Saturday’s Big Brother.(The Sun)
  • Chef Jamie Oliver has egg on his face after it was learned that his Fifteen Cornwall restaurant in Newquay was serving eggs from battery chickens. This comes out days after Oliver did a TV documentary on poor conditions on battery chicken farms. A “livid” Oliver told The Mirror that he has “cast iron rules on what any chef can and cannot buy in all Fifteen [restaurants]” and that “heads will roll” among his staff.
  • Sadie Frost‘s home was burglarized last weekend, it has been revealed. (Mirror)
  • The Nanford Guest House in Oxford has been named “Britain’s worst hotel,” reports The Mirror. One guest told the TripAdvisor website, “The entrance hall stank of urine, the staff were incredibly rude, the beds had ticks, the shower was a dribble.” Sounds like most New York City apartment buildings.

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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