BAFTA Film Awards 2009


The British Academy of Film and Televion Arts presented on 8 February in London this year’s BAFTA Film Awards. Of the various nominated movies dealing with war and terror (as reported by Wartist), at least two have been awarded:


The film is about the last six weeks in the life of the IRA member Bobby Sands, in whose he took part in a hunger strike of IRA prisoners, initiated by him. The action was stopped after him and 9 other hunger-strikers died as a result. At the end, the British government fulfilled the demands of the detainees, but it did not recognise their political status. Bobby Sands still is an important Irish-republican icon, not the least due to his many poems and songs that have been smuggled from the prison. 

BAFTA Award:
Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer: Steve McQueen (writer, director)

BAFTA Nominations (2):
Best British Film: Laura Hastings-Smith, Robin Gutch, Steve McQueen, Enda Walsh

Cannes Film Festival 2008: Caméra d’or for Steve McQueen
European Film Award 2008: European Discovery of the Year

Official Website
Wikipedia entry
IMDB entry


The Reader

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.

BAFTA Award:
Best Actress: Kate Winslet 

BAFTA Nominations (4):
Best Film: Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti, Redmond Morris
Best Director: Stephen Daldry
Best Adapted Screenplay: David Hare
Best Cinematography: Chris Menges, Roger Deakins
Other Nominations:
Golden Globes (4): Best Director (Motion Picture), Best Drama, Best Screenplay (Motion Picture), Best Supporting Actress



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