Friday, January 12, 2007


Oscar Watch has all the BAFTA Nominations and there's love for the usual suspects particularly The Queen (10 nominations), Babel (7 noms) and The Departed (6 noms). But the "rock on" award is definitely BAFTA's Best Actor nomination for our new James Bond, Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Sweet.

Talking Points

* Babel
did well but received not one acting nomination.

* Their makeup list includes Marie Antoinette, The Queen, Devil Wears Prada, and Dreamgirls (none of which appear on Oscar's finalist list) reminding us that it's really only the Oscar branch that thinks makeups only means prosthetics.

* Their costume design list includes 2 contemporary features (The Queen and The Devil Wears Prada). I'd love to think this means Oscar would wake up to the reality that modern films have costumes but I'm not going to hold my breath. Oscar used to know this in past decades but since oh about the 80s onward it's no go. The last contemporary costume nominee was the drag queen spectacle The Adventures of Priscilla... (1994)

* Pan's Labyrinth
(7 nominations) did very well and Children of Men (3 nominations) was honored in technical categories. BUT... they've had time to build in the UK: Pan's opened in November and Children in September. What were the US distributors thinking?

* Charismatic James McAvoy shows up in the awards race for the first time in The Last King of Scotland --too bad it's in a fraudulent category. If you've seen the movie you'll know that he is actually the leadiest lead ;) -- it's not Forest Whitaker.


adam k. said...

Dammit, I knew McAvoy would be nominated here in supporting. HATE it.

Anonymous said...

It's quite interesting to see Daniel Craig nominated for Bond. Along with being the critics and seemingly, the public's favorite Bond possibly ever, it's great to see a good performance recognized in a "popcorn film". I think it's encouraging for the industry if the focus is on making good, award worthy films across genres, instead of the usual suspects of dramatic themes.

Anonymous said...

Yay for Emily Blunt!!

Anonymous said...

Uh Nat... 1994 wasn't the last time they nodded contempary costumes. 102 DALMATIONS got nominated in 2000!!!!!

I think Field has an excellent shot at a nomination.

Glenn Dunks said...

I thought in the BAFTA shortlist there was no Emily Blunt, but there was Anne Hathaway?

That there's no Babel actors is not surprising. Pitt is now becoming the non-force that he should be, and they clearly liked Little Miss Sunshine the britishy History Boys enought to give them nominations instead in supporting actress.

Happy for United 93 getting noms for Film, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography and Sound.

Agreed on the make up category. What is Oscar thinking? Click is worthier than Marie Antoinette and The Devil Wears Prada? Say it ain't so...

adam k. said...

Might Emily Blunt actually win supporting at the BAFTAS? She is BRITISH, after all, which is part of what maker her so fabulous. Remember Thandie winning last year? I could see it happening unless Jennifer Hudson is an absolutely unstoppable force at every single show.

Glenn Dunks said...

Well, they weren't that fond of Dreamgirls from the looks of it, so I could easily see it happening.

Anonymous said...

Emily is in. I hope she'll be in in the oscars.