February 11, 2008

BAFTAs


The 2008 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards were handed out yesterday. For at least two years now, I always seem to catch it on BBC America when Thandie Newton is presenting an award. Jonathan Ross hosted, blaming the quality of some of his jokes on the American writers' strike. (Orlando Bloom dining at CGI Friday's, Daniel Radcliffe suggesting 'Harry Potter' in a jacuzzi with 5 women' to JK Rowling; by the way, Dan flubbed his lines.) I love British humor and their always witty acceptance speeches.

'Atonement' won best film. Marion Cotillard scored an upset over favorite Julie Christie. Ms. Cotillard was so overwhelmed she could hardly get through her speech. Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor. Ross quipped that Day-Lewis should really slow down and make less films. I loved Tilda Swinton's speech, calling George Clooney a bastard and said he was off in his batmobile somewhere. She was surprised to win as best supporting actress, stating: "Proof that I'm astonished _ I would never have worn this skirt." (an outrageous gold and black Galliano). Javier Bardem won for the nth time (He even thanked the Coen brothers' 'Mommy and Daddy' !) ; the Coen brothers were best director. Sir Anthony Hopkins received the Academy Fellowship award for outstanding contribution to the film industry.

We'll see how these winners fare at the Oscars.

(BAFTA statue photo from Wikipedia)

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