I have never been more ashamed to be British. The BAFTA nominations this year are an absolute joke. I was so excited about it as well; got up nice and ready to watch Hayley Atwell and Gemma Arterton read some of the names out on BBC news, but I came out just bewildered. Granted, I haven’t seen a lot of the films, but, honestly, from what I have seen, this is the worst list I’ve seen since I ranked my friends in order of bungability. Eww.
* The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Ceán Chaffin
* Frost/Nixon – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
* Milk – Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen
* The Reader – Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris
* Slumdog Millionaire – Christian Colson
Right, well. I’m obviously sore that Wall-E didn’t make it, even though, deep down, I think we all knew it wasn’t happening.
Outstanding British Film
* Hunger – Laura Hastings-Smith, Robin Gutch, Steve Mcqueen, Enda Walsh
* In Bruges – Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin Mcdonagh
* *Mamma Mia! * – Judy Craymer, Gary Goetzman, Phyllida Lloyd, Catherine Johnson
* Man On Wire – Simon Chinn, James Marsh
* Slumdog Millionaire – Christian Colson, Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
DirectorChangeling* – Clint Eastwood
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button* – David Fincher
Frost/Nixon* – Ron Howard
The Reader* – Stephen Daldry
Slumdog Millionaire* – Danny Boyle
I didn’t see anything special about the directing in Changeling. I would definitely have had Gus Van Sant's direction for Milk above Clint, who I personally adore.
* Burn After Reading – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
* Changeling – J. Michael Straczynski
* I’ve Loved You So Long – Philippe Claudel
* In Bruges – Martin Mcdonagh
* Milk – Dustin Lance Black
Burn after f_cking Reading? It was so, so poorly written! Heck, even Blindness and High School Musical 3 had better writing than that! Ugh. To think that Burn After Reading is here, and Wall-E isn’t, just makes my blood boil. Seriously BAFTA, you don't have to feel guilty about giving Atonement the win for Best Film last year; that was a good pick! No need to feel you have to "atone" for anything by giving the Coen brothers a massively undeserved screenplay nod.
Good to see In Bruges getting in though.
* The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Eric Roth
* Frost/Nixon – Peter Morgan
* The Reader – David Hare
* Revolutionary Road – Justin Haythe
* Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy
I really did not forsee BAFTA bumming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button so much. I do need to see it before I form a judgement, but, from pre-judgement, it just looks like a boring star-flasher with Cate and Brad, with the best thing being the (admittedly gorgeous) score by Mr. Desplat.
Film Not In The English Language
* The Baader Meinhof Complex – Bernard Eichinger, Uli Edel
* Gomorrah – Domenico Procacci, Matteo Garrone
* I've Loved You So Long – Yves Marmion, Philippe Claudel
* Persepolis – Marc-Antoine Robert, Xavier Rigault, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Parannaud
* Waltz With Bashir – Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahl Ieli, Ari Folman
* Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Parannaud
* Wall•E – Andrew Stanton
* Waltz With Bashir – Ari Folman
Yay, the only category I predicted 100% correctly. Gemma Arterton’s attempts at pronouncing Persepolis kind of brought the lulz. I do love her.
* Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
* Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire
* Sean Penn – Milk
* Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
* Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
I genuinely considered predicting Dev Patel, yesterday, remember? I'm quite pleased for him; Anwar off Skins was lulz. Poor Leo’s been shunned off, in favour of Brad. Even he's crying about it, pp.
* Angelina Jolie – Changeling
* Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long
* Meryl Streep – Doubt
* Kate Winslet – The Reader
* Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road
I cannot for the life of me believe that BAFTA have snubbed one of their bunging own, the beautiful and adorable Sally Hawkins, London-born English rose and absolute darling in Happy-Go-Lucky. Kristen Scott Thomas and Angelina Jolie were both great in their roles, but I would nominate Hawkins above them in a heartbeat. As for nominating their beloved Winslet twice, could BAFTA be any more predictable?
* Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
* Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
* Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
* Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
* Brad Pitt – Burn After Reading
Brad fecking Pitt for Burn After Reading? All he did in the entire movie was act like a [politically incorrect term for mentally challenged person that rhymes with clowner]. I feel sick.
* Amy Adams – Doubt
* Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
* Freida Pinto – Slumdog Millionaire
* Tilda Swinton – Burn After Reading
* Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
When Gemma Arterton read out “Amy Adams for Doubt” in her posh voice, I was well chuffed. Then… “Tilda Swinton for Burn After Reading”, and the pasta I had for breakfast nearly came out of my mouth.
* The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Alexandre Desplat
* The Dark Knight – Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard
* Mamma Mia! – Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
* Slumdog Millionaire – A. R. Rahman
* Wall•E – Thomas Newman
Well, at least my two favourite composers Desplat and Newman got on. And I was right about Slumdog Millionaire!
* Changeling – Tom Stern
* The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Claudio Miranda
* The Dark Knight – Wally Pfister
* The Reader – Chris Menges, Roger Deakins
* Slumdog Millionaire – Anthony Dod Mantle
* Changeling – Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach
* The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
* The Dark Knight – Lee Smith
* Frost/Nixon – Mike Hill, Dan Hanley
* In Bruges – Jon Gregory
* Slumdog Millionaire – Chris Dickens
I’m surprised Burn After Reading wasn’t nominated in this category; seeing as BAFTA loved that piece of turd so much. And yep, six nominees in this category. Funny how they can make space for In Bruges in editing, yet not give Wall-E a place for even its screenplay. *barfs*
* Changeling – James J. Murakami, Gary Fettis
* The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo
* The Dark Knight – Nathan Crowley, Peter Lando
* Revolutionary Road – Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt
* Slumdog Millionaire – Mark Digby, Michelle Day
* Changeling – Deborah Hopper
* The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Jacqueline West
* The Dark Knight – Lindy Hemming
* The Duchess – Michael O'connor
* Revolutionary Road – Albert Wolsky
* Changeling – Walt Martin, Alan Robert Murray, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff
* The Dark Knight – Lora Hirschberg, Richard King, Ed Novick, Gary Rizzo
* Quantum Of Solace – Eddy Joseph, Chris Munro, Mike Prestwood Smith, Mark Taylor
* Slumdog Millionare – Glenn Freemantle, Resul Pookutty, Richard Pryke, Tom Sayers, Ian Tapp
* Wall•E – Ben Burtt, Tom Myers, Michael Semanick, Matthew Wood
Whoopdeedoo, a third nomination for Wall-E! in the sound category; how lovely(!)
Special Visual Effects
* The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Eric Barba, Craig Barron, – Nathan Mcguinness, Edson Williams
* The Dark Knight – Chris Corbould, Nick Davis, Paul Franklin, Tim Webber
* Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull – Pablo Helman
* Iron Man – Shane Patrick Mahan, John Nelson, Ben Snow
· Quantum Of Solace – Chris Corbould, Kevin Tod Haug
Make Up & Hair
* The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – Jean Black, Colleen Callaghan
* The Dark Knight – Peter Robb-King
* The Duchess – Daniel Phillips, Jan Archibald
* Frost/Nixon – Edouard Henriques, Kim Santantonio
* Milk – Steven E. Anderson, Michael White
All in all, it’s a bit of a shambles, if I’m being honest. Burn After Reading was not a good film. Sally Hawkins was snubbed. Wall-E got absolutely, 100% arse-raped. And there just wasn’t anything nice. I mean, I’m glad that Amy Adams got nominated, as well as the music nominations, but that’s it really. I disagree with so many of these nominations it’s unreal. BAFTA have been notorious for favouring their own in the past, and yes, this list does smack of nepotism, but not even in the right places. If you wanted to embrace the Brits, give Sally Hawkins a freaking nom!
All I wanna do is bang bang bang and take the BAFTA voters' money/right to vote next year.