On 15 January 2009, the nominees for this year’s BAFTA Awards of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts have been announced. The awards ceremony will be held on 8 February 2009 at the Royal Opera House in London (UK) and is regarded to be a preview to the Oscar awards (similar to the Golden Globes, awared on 11 January).
There are a few interesting works dealing with war and terrorism. The information below is on the already reduced shortlist of nominees:1
The policital drama about the legendary interview of the former US president Richard Nixon by the talkshow host David Frost. Nixon had withdrawn from office due to the Watergate Affair, but had not given a statement so far. (The Vietnam-)War has only an indirect role, but this approach to power, its misuse and the then crisis of confidence is highly interesting, especialy as the latter is still radiating today.
Best Film: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
Best Director: Ron Howard
Best Adapted Screenplay: Peter Morgan
Best Leading Actor: Frank Langella
Best Editing: Mike Hill, Dan Hanley‘Best Make Up & Hair: Edouard Henriques, Kim Santantonio
Golden Globes (5):
Best Motion Picture – Drama: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
Best Director – Motion Picture: Ron Howard
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Frank Langella
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Peter Morgan
Best Original Score – Motion Picture: Hans Zimmer
Best British Film: Laura Hastings-Smith, Robin Gutch, Steve McQueen, Enda Walsh
Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer: Steve McQueen (writer, director)
Cannes Film Festival 2008: Caméra d’or for Steve McQueen
European Film Award 2008: European Discovery of the Year
This may be “just” an entertaining adventure film, but the Cold War is the underlying theme, of course in this series’s winking-absurd way.
Grammy 2009: Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for John Williams
Razzie Awards 2009: Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
An entertaining and action-packed comic strip adaption in which a weapons producer discovers his conscience to fight against evil as flying super-hero – which sounds fat more silly as it actually is.
Grammy 2009: Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Ramin Djawadi
Best Animated Film: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
Best Film not in the English Language: Marc-Antoine Robert, Xavier Rigault, Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
César 2008 (2): Best First Work, Best Writing
Cannes Film Festival 2007: Jury Prize
César 2008 (4): Best Film, Best Editing, Best Soundtrack, Best Sound
Cannes Film Festival 2007: Golden Palm
(UK)This both amusing and touching movie is on the friendship between two different boys who try to shoot an amateur version of Rambo – First Blood.
Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer: Garth Jennings (writer)
A young man is reader to a women in whom he falls in love – only to discover that she is a former Nazi concentration ward. A film about guilt, atonement and forgiveness.
Best Film: Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris
Best Director: Stephen Daldry
Best Actress: Kate Winslet
Best Adapted Screenplay: David Hare
Best Cinematography: Chris Menges, Roger Deakins
Golden Globes (4): Best Director (Motion Picture), Best Drama, Best Screenplay (Motion Picture), Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actor (2x)
A fascinating animed documentary about the trauma of an Israeli soldier that took part in the Libanon War with a phenomenal visual and sound aesthetics, not the least in the nightmare sequences.
Best Film not in the English Language: Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli, Ari Folman
Best Animated Film: Ari Folman
European Film Awards 2008: Best Composer
Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2008: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Art Direction
Golden Globes 2009: Best Foreign Language Film
César 2009: Best Foreign Film
Cannes Film Festival 2008: Golden Palm
Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2008: Best Cinematography
European Film Awards 2008: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter
- Named alphabetically; the nominations and prizes are usually a selection – the full list can be seen e.g. at IMDB (ref. to links). ↩