First, let me just have a little rant. HOW THE FRICK DID BRESLIN GET IN THERE AND IVANA GET OVERLOOKED?!!! Daniel Craig for Actor? Disgusting!!!! HOW DARE YOU NOMINATED 93 for DIRECTION????@ LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE SUX!!!
Anyway, here are the damned nominations, with my reactions and predictions in white.
FilmBabel - Alejandro González Iñárritu/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
Babel, The Departed, The Queen all predictable. Nice to see BAFTA showing some variety with the nod to The Last King of Scotland, even if Little Miss Sunshine is awful.
The Alexander Korda Award For The Outstanding British Film Of The YearCasino 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 FilmAndrea 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
Okay, Andrea Arnold has GOT to win this. Red Road was stunning.
The David Lean Award For Achievement In Direction
Babel - Alejandro González Iñárritu
The Departed - Martin Scorsese
Little Miss Sunshine - Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris
The Queen - Stephen Frears
United 93 - Paul Greengrass
To be honest, I don't really give a cat's turd who wins this category any more. Nominating the two for Little Miss Sunshine is just a joke, the direction in that "movie" was atrocious.
Babel - Guillermo Arriaga
Little Miss Sunshine - Michael Arndt
Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermo Del Toro
The Queen - Peter Morgan
United 93 - Paul Greengrass
Nice to see Pan's Labyrinth in there, thought my guess is that Babel will win.
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
Casino Royale was one of the worst written films of 2006. I mean, Paul "Crash" Haggis wrote a third of it! Ugh. Anyway, nice to see Marber and McKenna getting into there, and Peter Morgan's proving that 2006 was quite his year, with nods in Adapted and Original. That is good.
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 Cuarón/Bertha Navarro/Frida Torresblanco/Guillermo Del Toro
Rang De Basanti (Paint It Yellow) - Ronnie Screwvala/Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Volver - Agustín Almodóvar/Pedro Almodóvar
Right. If Pan's doesn't win this... then.. ugh.
Animated Feature Film
Cars - John Lasseter
Flushed Away - David Bowers/Sam Fell
Happy Feet - George Miller
Once again, proof that England is trying to copy America, and, once again, proof that you shouldn't do it.
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
I am delighted about Griffith's nomination, as I'm sure you can guess, but words cannot describe my disgust at Craig getting nominated. He was bad. End of.
Actress In A Leading Role
Penélope 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
Delighted for James, disgusted at the rest. Here's to hoping the sexpot wins.
Actress In A Supporting Role
Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada
Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine
Toni Collette - Little Miss Sunshine
Frances De La Tour - The History Boys
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
Delighted for Emily, disgusted at the rest. Here's to hoping the classy lady wins.
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
The Da Vinci Code, Volver, Marie-Antoinette (seeing as BAFTA look at overall music and not just score), The Fountain and Perfume should all be here instead of these five. I mean, I love Desplat, but his score to The Queen was truly nothing special by his standards.
Babel - Rodrigo Prieto
Casino Royale - Phil Meheux
Children Of Men - Emmanuel Lubezki
Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermo Navarro
United 93 - Barry Ackroyd
Decent, I suppose.
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
Meh. I'm surprised LMS didn't get in here; BAFTA are so in love with that piece of mediocrity.
Casino Royale - Peter Lamont/Simon Wakefield
Children Of Men - Geoffrey Kirkland/Jim Clay/Jennifer Williams
Marie Antoinette - K K Barrett/Véronique Melery
Pan's Labyrinth - Eugenio Caballero/Pilar RevueltaPirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Rick Heinrichs/Cheryl A Carasik
The Devil Wears Prada - Patricia Field
Marie Antoinette - Milena CanoneroPan's Labyrinth - Lala Huete
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Penny Rose
The Queen - Consolata Boyle
A geniunely well chosen category.
Babel - José García/Jon Taylor/Chris Minkler/Martín Hernández
Casino Royale - Chris Munro/Eddy Joseph/Mike Prestwood Smith/Martin Cantwell/Mark Taylor
Pan's Labyrinth - Martín Hernández/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
*nods in approval*
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
Remind me, what were the special effects in Casino Royale again?
Make Up & Hair
The Devil Wears Prada - Nicki Ledermann/Angel De Angelis
Marie Antoinette - Jean-Luc Russier/Desiree Corridoni
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - Ve Neill/Martin Samuel
The Queen - Daniel Phillips
Quite good choices. I love that BAFTA incorporate hair into the mix, unlike those idiots at Oscar.
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
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
We've talked about this. Emily to win.