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The nominations for the British Academy Film Awards were announced this morning, and Oscar favorites received lots of love: Avatar, An Education, and The Hurt Locker tied with eight nominations apiece to lead the field this year. Going down the list of nominees, you see a lot of the usual suspects from awards season. No one’s surprised to see Mo’Nique or Christoph Waltz or Kathryn Bigelow here. However, some of our big Oscar films haven’t been released across the pond: hence there’s no Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side. Meanwhile, BAFTA-nominated UK films like Sam Taylor-Wood‘s Nowhere Boy and Mat Whitecross‘ Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll have yet to secure U.S. release dates. (Fish Tank just came out here in the States.)
But the snubs are stunning: BAFTA left Golden Globe nominees Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria) and Dame Helen Mirren (The Last Station) off the list. One might say this diminishes their Oscar chances, but if you recall, the Academy nominated Keira Knightley for Pride & Prejudice after BAFTA ignored her. Still, it’s rather shocking to see a British institution like Dame Helen snubbed this year.
BAFTA only mentioned the once-hot period drama Bright Star in the Costume Design category; leads Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish were shut out. Perhaps the big, pre-20th century costume pieces are finally passé, even as awards bait?
Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday, February 2nd. The British Academy Film Awards will air Sunday, February 21st at 8 pm et on BBC AMERICA.
Here’s the list of the BAFTA nominees:
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
Audrey Tautou – Coco Before Chanel
THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD
(for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer, or Producer for their First Feature Film)
Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson, Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, David Pearson (Directors/Producers) – Mugabe and the White African
Eran Creevy (Writer/Director) – Shifty
Stuart Hazeldine (Writer/Director) – Exam
Duncan Jones (Director) – Moon
Sam Taylor-Wood (Director) – Nowhere Boy