Tuesday, 18 January 2011

BRITISH OSCARS: The King's Speech, Black Swan rule BAFTA nominations

ROYAL DUO: Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Carter star in The King's Speech.

The Golden Globe fever has barely subsided and already the stars of Hollywood are celebrating fresh award nominations. The British Academy of Film Awards (the BAFTAs), Britain's equivalent to the Oscars, were announced this morning in London.

The King's Speech leads the pack with 14 nominations. Colin Firth is the best-actor front-runner for his performance as stuttering King George VI, with Geoffrey Rush, who plays his speech therapist, is up for best supporting actor. Helena Bonham Carter, who plays his wife in the film, is up for best supporting actress. The film also earned mentions for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Black Swan picked up 12 nominations, and Inception landed nine. 127 Hours and True Grit have eight nominations each. The Social Network earned only six. The biggest shocker: The omission of The Fighter’s Melissa Leo for best supporting actress, in favour of Britain’s Miranda Richardson (Made in Dagenham). Barbara Hershey also earned a nod for her overly attentive mother in Black Swan. Also worth mentioning is the late Pete Postlethwaite earning a best supporting actor nom over The Town costar Jeremy Renner.

The British awards, known as BAFTAs, will be handed out at London's Royal Opera House on February 13, two weeks before Hollywood’s Academy Awards.

BEST FILM
Black Swan — Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
Inception — Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
The King’s Speech — Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
The Social Network — Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
True Grit — Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

LEADING ACTOR
Jarvier Bardem — Biutiful
Jeff Bridges — True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg — The Social Network
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
James Franco — 127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS
Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore — The Kids Are All Right
Natalie Portman — Black Swan
Noomi Rapace — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale – The Fighter
Andrew Garfield — The Social Network
Pete Postlethwaite — The Town
Mark Ruffalo — The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush — The King’s Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams — The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter — The King’s Speech
Barbara Hershey — Black Swan
Lesley Manville — Another Year
Miranda Richardson — Made in Dagenham

ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING AWARD
Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Tom Hardy
Aaron Johnson
Emma Stone

DIRECTOR
127 Hours — Danny Boyle
Black Swan — Darren Aronofsky
Inception — Christopher Nolan
The King’s Speech — Tom Hooper
The Social Network David Fincher


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