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By David Poland


Best Film: The Hurt Locker
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, An Education
Best Actor: Colin Firth, A Single Man
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Foreign Language Film: A Prophet
Best Animated Film: Up
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Rising Star Award: Kristen Stewart
Best Production Design: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg and Kim Sinclair, Avatar
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Best British Film: Fish Tank
Best Supporting Actress: Mo

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16 Responses to “BAFTA”

  1. leahnz says:

    wow, the british academy sure likes them some locker
    (in a weird way i wonder if this actually bodes well for tarantino’s screenplay and maybe even avatar a bit at the oscars, as it seems the american academy often likes to roll deliberately differently from their brit counterparts, raising the middle finger with a big “screw you, limeys! no taxation without representation!” when making their big choices. or that might just be my imagination)

  2. Gonzo Knight says:

    Based on timing alone, I’d be more likely to belive that the opposite is true (since Oscars are pretty predictable).
    In any case, it’s nice to see a film by Cameron win something at BAFTAS, especially since Rick Carter is among the winners.

  3. The Pope says:

    Leahnz, I think it is more often the other way around. Before they switched their dates from post-Oscar to pre-, BAFTA used sometimes act like some sort of correction to the mistakes made by Oscar (o, so very British). And of course understandably, they also have a bias towards home grown talent…
    But I don’t get the sense that Oscar will raise the finger to BAFTA. I think Locker is on a roll and we’re in for a pretty big sweep. The Guilds (except SAG) has backed it and the only thing stopping it now is some idiot saying “but it didn’t make any money.”

  4. brack says:

    I think the “it didn’t make any money” argument could be made if it only had a few Oscar nominations, not 9.

  5. The Pope says:

    Brack, I agree with you (as I said, it would take an idiot to complain “but it didn’t make any money”)… and while I do not agree with the argument, we have often heard that the Academy prefers the big horses in its race.

  6. LexG says:

    “***Rising Star Award: Kristen Stewart***”
    Her “star” isn’t the only thing “rising.”

  7. Triple Option says:

    Of course this is based on assumptions since I’ve never been to the UK but I’m surprised that Up In The Air beat out In The Loop for Best Adapted Screenplay. I don’t think Peter Capaldi was even nominated but I would’ve also figured he’d beat out dude from Ing Basterds.

  8. leahnz says:

    i’m a bit surprised ‘up in the air’ beat out ‘in the loop’ also
    (i’m pretty sure that ‘rising star’ thing is voted on by the public; in this instance all those horny chicks who wish they were bella to edward’s wood no doubt put the stew over the top)

  9. yancyskancy says:

    Lex: When I heard about K-Stew’s award this afternoon, I came thisclose to coming here and saying “her star isn’t the only thing that’s rising,” but I didn’t want to steal your thunder.

  10. anghus says:

    Congrats to Firth and Mulligan. Both fantastic performances.
    Also congrats to Joe Dunton. Someone i have been fortunate enough to know. A very generous man who has contributed a great deal to the industry as well as the film community in wilmington.

  11. Triple Option says:

    I don’t know if this has been brought up before because I’ve avoided the topic as until this past w/e hadn’t seen the film, An Education but does the fact that Mulligan looks like she could play Veronica Mars’ big sister discount performance any? Obviously, it didn’t hurt her here but is the praise going to someone playing a precocious teen or that a 25 yr old is able to play a precocious teen who acts like she’s 25? Any older and she’d be a perfect re-cast in an Ab Fab re-make.

  12. anghus says:

    that is ridiculous. almost on par with lex ridiculous.
    veronica mars big sister? are you comparing this talented actress with a no-talent like Kristen Bell?
    bonkers man. just bonkers. whatever you were on while watching an education, pour into the toilet and flush. it’s making you insane.

  13. Hallick says:

    I think Triple is just making reference to Mulligan in how in “An Education” she looks and acts like somebody in their mid-twenties as opposed to looking like a 16 year old with a precocious spirit. Thus, Triple wonders if she’s been showered with praise for her performance of a 16 year old or for just being so gosh darn loveable.

  14. Triple Option says:

    Yes. Thanks, Hallick.

  15. jeffmcm says:

    When I saw An Education a couple months ago, one of the things I liked about it was how appropriately cast Mulligan seemed to be as a teenager. As in, she looked like a teenager to me. Granted, I don’t spend a lot of time with teenagers these days, but I think the point is at least debatable as a matter of individual perspective.

  16. Cadavra says:

    Anghus, I’d quibble with you on Bell’s talent. I first noticed her in SPARTAN, and she was just sensational on VERONICA MARS. (She also did solid work on HEROES just as it was jumping the shark.) But her choice of feature projects has been simply abominable; if she doesn’t make her FU money soon and go back to working with folks like Mamet, she’ll have squandered all the good will she built up on TV.

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