<-- Yes, Helen. It's nearly time to pass on the tiara (or... mask rather, made in Britain) of Best Actress in a Motion Picture. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced their nominees for the films of 2007 and the next "best actress" will be either Queen Elizabeth Blanchett, Juno (not named after the town in Alaska), Edith "Cotillard" Piaf, Julie Christie or the still-rising Brit superstar Keira Knightley as "Cecilia". How the reheated leftover that is Cate Blanchett's Golden Elizabeth is still besting the likes of Amy "Enchanted" Adams, Savage Laura Linney and in this case Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart is beyond me. I just don't get it. Please to explain.
You can see the complete list of nominees here and if you click here they'll even read them to you. The British are so hospitable. It was a very good day for No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, American Gangster (!), La Vie En Rose, This is England, The Bourne Ultimatum and Atonement among others. But I'm not typing them up because I'm already tired of awards season. Bring on the Oscars and let's wrap this up.