The British Academy announced its nominations this morning, here they are, along with my commentary on the major categories about who I’d like, and who I’d expect, to see win.
I may edit and update this post in the next few days, as I see more of the nominated films.
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
Preferred Winner: None as yet, I’ve only seen The Reader, and that’s hugely unworthy of a spot in this list.
Predicted Winner: Hard to say. I think The Reader is out on grounds of not being good, Slumdog Millionaire will take this if it doesn’t get British Film, otherwise it’s between Milk and Benjamin Button
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
Preferred Winner: ANYTHING but Mamma Mia, sure Hunger was wildly overrated, but anything but the Abba musical, please.
Predicted Winner: Mamma Mia… how can they resist it? It’s the highest grossing British film of all time, that won’t go unrewarded.
THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD
for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film
SIMON CHINN (Producer) – Man On Wire
JUDY CRAYMER (Producer) – Mamma Mia!
GARTH JENNINGS (Writer) – Son of Rambow
STEVE McQUEEN (Director/Writer) – Hunger
SOLON PAPADOPOULOS, ROY BOULTER (Producers) – Of Time And The City
Preferred Winner: Garth Jennings. Son of Rambow is genuinely charming and enjoyable film, and it’s sweet and witty script is a large part of its success
Predicted Winner: Steve McQueen. He won at Cannes, he won’t lose here.
CHANGELING – Clint Eastwood
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – David Fincher
FROST/NIXON – Ron Howard
THE READER – Stephen Daldry
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – Danny Boyle
Preferred Winner: None, the two I’ve seen (Eastwood and Daldry) are in no way remarkable
Predicted Winner: Danny Boyle. Homegrown talent, apparently one of his best films. Why, though, is his co-director not nominated alongside him?
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
Preferred Winner: I’ve Loved You So Long. A beautifully written drama with brilliantly drawn characters.
Predicted Winner: In Bruges. There’s clearly a lot of love for this cult hit at BAFTA, a British film nomination should make this a relatively easy win, the only real competition probably comes from Milk.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Eric Roth
FROST/NIXON – Peter Morgan
THE READER – David Hare
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD – Justin Haythe
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE – Simon Beaufoy
Preferred Winner: None as yet.
Predicted Winner: Likely the battle of the British playwrights. Peter Morgan probably wins by a hair.
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
Preferred Winner: I’ve Loved You So Long. An exquisitely moving film, which made my Top 10 of 2008.
Predicted Winner: Genuinely hard to call. I think Baader Meinhof is out, on grounds of being not very good, as is I’ve Loved You So Long, which didn’t strike a mainstream cord. My gut says that the overrated Gomorrah takes it.
PERSEPOLIS – Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Parannaud
WALL•E – Andrew Stanton
WALTZ WITH BASHIR – Ari Folman
Preferred Winner: WALL•E. Because, however much it falls apart once people appear in it, the first 45 minutes are genius.
Predicted Winner: WALL•E. Because it’s Pixar.
FRANK LANGELLA – Frost/Nixon
DEV PATEL – Slumdog Millionaire
SEAN PENN – Milk
BRAD PITT – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
MICKEY ROURKE – The Wrestler
Preferred Winner: Haven’t seen any of them yet.
Predicted Winner: Penn or Rourke, as will likely be the case at the Oscars.
ANGELINA JOLIE – Changeling
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS – I’ve Loved You So Long
MERYL STREEP – Doubt
KATE WINSLET – The Reader
KATE WINSLET – Revolutionary Road
Preferred Winner: Kristin Scott Thomas. A brilliant actress overdue proper recognition.
Predicted Winner: Kristin Scott Thomas. I think this is the night’s big shock, because Winslet will split her vote and, hopefully, people will see past Jolie’s histrionics.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR. – Tropic Thunder
BRENDAN GLEESON – In Bruges
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – Doubt
HEATH LEDGER – The Dark Knight
BRAD PITT – Burn After Reading
Preferred Winner: Of those I’ve seen, Gleeson, but with the hope that Phillip Seymour Hoffman will lead me to change that answer.
Predicted Winner: Ledger. It’s just inevitable.
AMY ADAMS – Doubt
PENÉLOPE CRUZ – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
FREIDA PINTO – Slumdog Millionaire
TILDA SWINTON – Burn After Reading
MARISA TOMEI – The Wrestler
Preferred Winner: None as yet.
Predicted Winner: They nominated Tilda Swinton?! I LOVE Tilda Swinton, but she’s MILES better in the lead in Julia. This is between Cruz and Tomei, since BAFTA haven’t allowed Kate Winslet to comitt yet more category fraud.
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
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
**As there was a tie in this category there are six nominations
Why the hell is The Dark Knight nominated? The action is so badly cut it’s almost impossible (particularly in the set piece with the mobile phone technology) to tell what’s going on.
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 – Jimmy Boyle, 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
Surely, surely WALL•E must win here if nowhere else, the sound design is pure unvarnished genius.
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
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Terrible CG Monkeys? Did nobody see The Fall?
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
CODSWALLOP – Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod
VARMINTS – Sue Goffe, Marc Craste
WALLACE AND GROMIT: A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH – Steve Pegram, Nick Park, Bob Baker
Wallace and Gromit walk this one
KINGSLAND #1 THE DREAMER – Kate Ogborn, Tony Grisoni
LOVE YOU MORE – Adrian Sturges, Sam Taylor-Wood, Patrick Marber
RALPH – Olivier Kaempfer, Alex Winckler
SEPTEMBER – Stewart le Maréchal, Esther May Campbell
VOYAGES D’AFFAIRES (THE BUSINESS TRIP) – Celine Quideau, Sean Ellis
THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
I voted for Rebecca Hall, a terrific actress I’ve had my eye on since The Prestige and Starter for 10. You should do the same.