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‘Slumdog’ and ‘Benjamin Button’ Lead BAFTA Nominations



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Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button have each received 11 nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2009.

The Dark Knight has 9 nominations and Changeling has 8 nominations.

Frost/Nixon has 6 nominations, The Reader has 5 and In Bruges, Milk and Revolutionary Road all have 4 nominations each.

Here are the nominations:

Best Film
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best British Film

“Hunger”
“In Bruges”
“Mamma Mia!”
“Man on Wire”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Director
Clint Eastwood, “Changeling”
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Actor

Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Best Actress
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Kristin Scott Thomas, “I’ve Loved You So Long”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”
Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road”

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Downey Jr, “Tropic Thunder”
Brendan Gleeson, “In Bruges”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Brad Pitt, “Burn After Reading”

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Freida Pinto, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Tilda Swinton, “Burn After Reading”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Best Original Screenplay
Joel and Ethan Coen, “Burn After Reading”
J. Michael Straczynski, “Changeling”
Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”
Philippe Claudel, “I’ve Loved You So Long”
Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Eric Roth, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”
David Hare, “The Reader”
Justin Haythe, “Revolutionary Road”
Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Foreign Language Film (announced earlier)
“The Baader Meinhof Complex”
“Gomorrah”
“I’ve Loved You So Long”
“Persepolis”
“Waltz With Bashir”

Best Animated Feature

“Persepolis”
“WALL-E”
“Waltz With Bashir”

Best Production Design
“Changeling” (James Murakami; Gary Fettis)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Donald Graham Burt; Victor Zolfo)
“The Dark Knight” (Nathan Crowley; Peter Lando)
“Revolutionary Road” (Kristi Zea; Debra Schutt)
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Mark Digby; Michelle Day)

Best Cinematography
“Changeling” (Tom Stern)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Claudio Miranda)
“The Dark Knight” (Wally Pfister)
“The Reader” (Chris Menges; Roger Deakins)
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Anthony Dod Mantle)

Best Costume Design
“Changeling” (Deborah Hopper)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Jacqueline West)
“The Dark Knight” (Lindy Hemming)
“The Duchess” (Michael O’Connor)
“Revolutionary Road” (Albert Wolsky)

Best Film Editing

“Changeling” (Joel Cox; Gary D. Roach)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Kirk Baxter; Angus Wall)
“The Dark Knight” (Lee Smith)
“Frost/Nixon” (Mike Hill; Dan Hanley)
“In Bruges” (Jon Gregory)
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Chris Dickens)

Best Makeup & Hair

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“The Duchess”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”

Best Music
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Alexandre Desplat)
“The Dark Knight” (Hans Zimmer; James Newton Howard)
“Mamma Mia!” (Benny Andersson; Bjorn Ulvaeus)
“Slumdog Millionaire” (A.R. Rahman)
“WALL-E” (Thomas Newman)

Best Sound
“Changeling”
“The Dark Knight”
“Quantum of Solace”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”

Best Visual Effects
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crustal Skull”
“Iron Man”
“Quantum of Solace”

Carl Foreman Award (for debut British writers, directors and producers)

Simon Chinn (producer), “Man on Wire”
Judy Craymer (producer), “Mamma Mia!”
Garth Jennings (writer), “Son of Rambow”
Steve McQueen, (writer/director), “Hunger”
Solon Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter (producers), “Of Time and the City”

Orange Rising Star Award (announced earlier; voted by the public)

Michael Cera
Noel Clarke
Michael Fassbender
Rebecca Hall
Toby Kebbell

Go Slumdog Millionaire! It’s nice to see The Dark Knight get so many nominations and Gomorrah not get snubbed like it did in the Academy Awards. The awards ceremony will take place Royal Opera House on February 8.

What do you think of the nominations?
Old 01-15-09, 09:53 AM
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Oh for the love of....."Mamma Mia!" for Best British Picture? The film is a piece of SHIT! I know it's the biggest movie in U.K. history. It's still garbage. And not worthy of this nomination. This is such a joke.
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How many years is Michael Cera going to be a rising star? Indy 4 for Visual Effects? That was the worst CG I've seen this decade. Hellboy II got shut out of technicals and that's outrageous.

Also, The Fall not getting a cinematography nom is bollocks.
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Originally Posted by Daytripper
Oh for the love of....."Mamma Mia!" for Best British Picture? The film is a piece of SHIT! I know it's the biggest movie in U.K. history. It's still garbage. And not worthy of this nomination. This is such a joke.
I thought the same thing, before I noted your comment. I thought Shane Meadow's Somertown would have been nominated, I haven't seen it, but the reviews are much better than Mamma Mia's

Personally I don't why The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is getting so much accolade - I thought it was pretty mundane, not Fincher's best by a long shot.

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Re: ‘Slumdog’ and ‘Benjamin Button’ Lead BAFTA Nominations

Glad to see The Reader get nominated for Best Picture. It seems to be getting underrated (IMO) by the critics and I don't think it will get a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Also nice to see Changeling get a bunch of nominations, another film I think has been underrated and I expect will be pretty thoroughly snubbed by the Academy.

I agree with Giles about Benjamin Button. One of my biggest disappointments of the year. He's made much better films.
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I appreciate the lack of love for Gran Torino.

Not bad nominations.
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Best Foreign Language Film (announced earlier)
“The Baader Meinhof Complex”
“Gomorrah”
“I’ve Loved You So Long”
“Persepolis”
“Waltz With Bashir”



All great picks, eventhough I haven't seen most of them.
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Adams and Swinton for Best Supporting Actress? I'm not sure who I'd have nominated instead, but neither of these performances stood out to me.

Yet another awards show that fails to Let the Right One In. And yeah, Indy IV for Best Visual Effects? Was the nomination crew blind?
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Originally Posted by movielib
Glad to see The Reader get nominated for Best Picture. It seems to be getting underrated (IMO) by the critics and I don't think it will get a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Also nice to see Changeling get a bunch of nominations, another film I think has been underrated and I expect will be pretty thoroughly snubbed by the Academy.
Hell yes on "The Reader". Wonderful film. And three cheers for Kate getting a double Best Actress nomination. She's equally good in both. I'm thrilled "Gran Torino" got nothing. One joke nomination was enough ("Mamma Mia!"). Well, two if you count "Indy 4" for Best Visual Effects. I liked the film, but it surely doesn't deserve any nominations. I thought for sure "The Fall" would garner at least a Best Cinematography nomination here and/or the Oscars. And why does "The Incredible Hulk" continue to not get a Best Sound nomination as well? The best sound and loudest film I've heard in the theater (and at home) in years. Last, in a perfect world, if "Slumdog" wins Best Picture. Please PLEASE let "In Bruges" take home the Best British Film.
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Originally Posted by Daytripper
Hell yes on "The Reader". Wonderful film. And three cheers for Kate getting a double Best Actress nomination. She's equally good in both. I'm thrilled "Gran Torino" got nothing. One joke nomination was enough ("Mamma Mia!"). Well, two if you count "Indy 4" for Best Visual Effects. I liked the film, but it surely doesn't deserve any nominations. I thought for sure "The Fall" would garner at least a Best Cinematography nomination here and/or the Oscars. And why does "The Incredible Hulk" continue to not get a Best Sound nomination as well? The best sound and loudest film I've heard in the theater (and at home) in years. Last, in a perfect world, if "Slumdog" wins Best Picture. Please PLEASE let "In Bruges" take home the Best British Film.
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Adams and Swinton for Best Supporting Actress? I'm not sure who I'd have nominated instead, but neither of these performances stood out to me.
I'm just shocked Swinton wasn't nominated for Button. She was fantastic in that. Certainly the best performance in the film, and one of her personal best performances as well.
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Originally Posted by JPRaup
It’s nice to see The Dark Knight get so many nominations
True, but aside from a Supporting Actor nomination that was guaranteed to happen, the rest of its nominations are all technical.

No Director, No Picture, No Screenplay.

I still think it'll probably make the top 5 at the Oscars for Best Picture, but not a guarantee, imo. I still think there's a tiny chance that Doubt will bump TDK for Best Picture, but Nolan will still get in for Director. And will have another split between those categories. Slumdog, Frost/Nixon, Button, and Milk rounding out the list.

I did say tiny chance though. The DGA and PGA nominations are a big boost for it.

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Brad Pitt was much better in Burn after reading. Why does Benjamin Button keep getting all these nominations? It really is a snoozer.
Was hoping James Franco would get a nomination for Milk.
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I too am glad to see The Reader and Changeling get some love, I hope they get some big noms oscar-time.
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Originally Posted by riley_dude
Brad Pitt was much better in Burn after reading. Why does Benjamin Button keep getting all these nominations? It really is a snoozer.
Was hoping James Franco would get a nomination for Milk.
All the actors in "Milk" reminded me of the cast of "L.A. Confidental". Every performance so damn good. Like "Confidential", it could work against them and cancel each other out. Sean Penn aside that is. But yes, Franco was amazing. Another actor that continues to impress me with age. I know he's played James Dean before, but if the must make "East of Eden" again, like they're planning, I vote goes for Franco to play the lead.

Re: Pitt. Even though I loved "Button", his performance in "Burn" was far more award worthy. But in the supporting category. About "Button", it took me a little while to warm up to it. But it resonated with me. And it's definitely one of the most beautiful looking films I've ever seen.
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Originally Posted by riley_dude
Brad Pitt was much better in Burn after reading. Why does Benjamin Button keep getting all these nominations? It really is a snoozer.
Was hoping James Franco would get a nomination for Milk.
I like Milk but Franco was far better in Pineapple Express.
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I like Milk but Franco was far better in Pineapple Express.
I thought he was ok in that. Was overly dissappointed with that movie as well.
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Originally Posted by riley_dude
Brad Pitt was much better in Burn after reading. Why does Benjamin Button keep getting all these nominations? It really is a snoozer.
Was hoping James Franco would get a nomination for Milk.
While I agree that Brad was better in Burn After Reading, I liked Button a lot more then Milk.
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
While I agree that Brad was better in Burn After Reading, I liked Button a lot more then Milk.
I felt more of a connection to the characters in Milk. The characters in Button left me cold.

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