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BAFTA's long lists led by 'Benjamin Button' and 'Frost/Nixon' at 14 mentions each

January 6, 2009 | 11:19 pm

While the Academy Awards tease us with  lists of semifinalist pre-nominations in only certain categories — like foreign film and some of the technical ones — the BAFTAs have "long lists," as they're called, in almost all categories. Indeed, 15 films are in the running in most of the races. The final five contenders in each category will be announced Jan. 15 (the week before the Oscars' nods are unveiled) with the awards fest on Feb. 8 (two weeks before the Academy Awards ceremony).

This year, nine films have made it over the threshold of 10 BAFTA long-list mentions with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Frost/Nixon" leading with 14 each, followed by "Changeling," "The Dark Knight," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire" with 13 apiece while "Milk" and "Burn After Reading" have 11 each. All of them are in contention for best picture, as are nine-times-mentioned "Doubt," "The Wrestler" and "In Bruges"; eight-timer "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"; "Wall-E" with six mentions; and five-timer "I've Loved You So Long."

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Last year, "Atonement" led the BAFTA long list with 17 mentions, followed by 13 for "American Gangster," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood." On the big night, "Atonement" — the only British film among the final five best-picture nominees — won that race as well as production design. All four acting winners — Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men") and Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton") — went on to repeat at the Oscars. In 2006, one of the two pix that tied for the most long-list bids, "The Queen," won best picture, but three years ago the big leader, "Memoirs of a Geisha," didn't even get a nom in the top race.

Among the acting contenders, Ralph Fiennes, who won the supporting award in 1993 for "Schindler's List," is on that long list for three films — "The Duchess," "In Bruges," and "The Reader." His costar from "The Reader," Kate Winslet, is contending in the lead race for that role, though she is being touted in the supporting category stateside. The reason for that demotion is so that Winslet, a five-time Oscar loser, does not dilute her chances for a lead nod for "Revolutionary Road." As she is also on the BAFTA long list for that role, it will be interesting to see which of these, if either, gets her into the final five at BAFTA. If the two roles cancel each other out, Winslet , who won her only BAFTA (out of five noms) back in 1995 for her supporting role in "Sense and Sensibility," will be ruing this promotion by her British brethren.

Meryl Streep is also a double contender on the leading-actress long list for "Doubt" and "Mamma Mia!" As that ABBA musical has supplanted "Titanic" as the all-time top-grossing film in the UK, Streep could land her ninth lead nom for that frolic rather than the dour "Doubt." Surprisingly, Streep's first two Oscar-nominated performances — supporting turns in "The Deer Hunter" and "Kramer vs. Kramer" — saw her competing in the lead category at BAFTA. She lost both of those races, as well as her three supporting ones. The only BAFTA Streep won was for her 1981 leading role in "The French Lieutenant's Woman." Her 1982 Oscar-winning performance in "Sophie's Choice" was not seen in the UK until 1983, and she lost that race to Julie Walters for "Educating Rita."

John Malkovich ("Changeling" and "Burn After Reading") and Tilda Swinton ("Benjamin Button" and "Burn After Reading") are both double supporting nominees. And the director list mirrors that of the best-picture race with the exception of DGA ineligible Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E"), who got bumped by Steve McQueen ("Hunger").

BEST FILM — TOP 15
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
"Burn After Reading"
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight "
"Doubt"
"Frost/Nixon"
"In Bruges"
"I've Loved You So Long"
"Milk"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"Wall-E"
"The Wrestler"

DIRECTOR — TOP 15
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
"Burn After Reading"
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight "
"Doubt"
"Frost/Nixon"
"Hunger"
"In Bruges"
"I’ve Loved You So Long"
"Milk"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"The Wrestler"

LEADING ACTOR — TOP 15
Benicio del Toro — "Che: Part One"
Brad Pitt — "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Christian Bale — "The Dark Knight"
Colin Farrell — "In Bruges"
Dev Patel — "Slumdog Millionaire"
Frank Langella — "Frost/Nixon"
George Clooney — "Burn After Reading"
Javier Bardem — "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Josh Brolin- "W."
Leonardo DiCaprio — "Revolutionary Road"
Michael Fassbender — "Hunger"
Michael Sheen — "Frost/Nixon"
Mickey Rourke — "The Wrestler"
Richard Jenkins — "The Visitor"
Sean Penn — "Milk"

LEADING ACTRESS — TOP 15
Angelina Jolie — "Changeling"
Anne Hathaway — "Rachel Getting Married"
Cate Blanchett — "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Frances McDormand — "Burn After Reading"
Kate Winslet — "Revolutionary Road"
Kate Winslet — "The Reader"
Keira Knightley — "The Duchess"
Kristin Scott Thomas — "I’ve Loved You So Long"
Meryl Streep — "Mamma Mia!"
Meryl Streep — "Doubt"
Nicole Kidman — "Australia"
Penelope Cruz — "Elegy"
Rebecca Hall — "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Sally Hawkins — "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Scarlett Johansson — "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

SUPPORTING ACTOR — TOP 15
Brad Pitt — "Burn After Reading"
Brendan Gleeson — "In Bruges"
David Kross — "The Reader"
Eddie Marsan — "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Heath Ledger — "The Dark Knight"
John Malkovich — "Burn After Reading"
John Malkovich — "Changeling"
Josh Brolin — "Milk"
Kevin Bacon — "Frost/Nixon"
Peter O’Toole — "Dean Spanley"
Philip Seymour Hoffman — "Doubt"
Ralph Fiennes — "The Duchess"
Ralph Fiennes — "In Bruges"
Ralph Fiennes — "The Reader"
Robert Downey Jr. — "Tropic Thunder"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS — TOP 15
Amy Adams — "Doubt"
Charlotte Rampling — "The Duchess"
Elsa Zylberstein — "I've Loved You So Long"
Emma Thompson- "Brideshead Revisited"
Freida Pinto — "Slumdog Millionaire"
Judi Dench — "Quantum of Solace"
Julie Walters — "Mamma Mia!"
Kathy Bates — "Revolutionary Road"
Marisa Tomei — "The Wrestler"
Penélope Cruz — "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Rebecca Hall — "Frost/Nixon"
Tilda Swinton — "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Tilda Swinton — "Burn After Reading"
Vera Farmiga — "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
Viola Davis — "Doubt"

ANIMATED FILM — TOP 5
"Kung Fu Panda"
"Persepolis"
"The Tale of Despereaux"
"Wall-E"
"Waltz With Bashir"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY — TOP 15
"The Baader Meinhof Complex"
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight "
"Dean Spanley"
"Defiance"
"Doubt"
"The Duchess"
"Frost/Nixon "
"Gomorrah"
"Mamma Mia!"
"Persepolis"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — TOP 15
"Burn After Reading"
"Changeling"
"Che Part One"
"Happy-Go-Lucky"
"Hunger"
"In Bruges"
"I’ve Loved You So Long"
"Milk"
"Rachel Getting Married"
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
"The Visitor"
"W."
"Wall-E"
"Waltz With Bashir"
"The Wrestler"

MAKE UP & HAIR — TOP 15
"Australia"
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
"Brideshead Revisited"
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"The Duchess"
"Frost/Nixon"
"Mamma Mia!"
"Milk"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"Tropic Thunder"
"The Wrestler"

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS — TOP 15
"Australia"
"Changeling"
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"
"Cloverfield"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"Hancock"
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army"
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
"Iron Man"
"Quantum of Solace"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"Tropic Thunder"
"Wall-E"
"Waltz With Bashir"

SOUND — TOP 15
"Australia"
"Burn After Reading"
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"Frost/Nixon"
"In Bruges"
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
"Iron Man"
"Mamma Mia!"
"Quantum of Solace"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"Wall-E"

EDITING — TOP 15
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
"Burn After Reading"
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"Doubt"
"Frost/Nixon"
"In Bruges"
"Man on Wire"
"Milk"
"Quantum of Solace"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"The Wrestler"

COSTUME DESIGN — TOP 15
"Australia"
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
"Brideshead Revisited"
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"The Duchess"
"Frost/Nixon"
"Mamma Mia!"
"Milk"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Sex and the City"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"The Wrestler"

PRODUCTION DESIGN — TOP 15
"Australia"
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas"
"Brideshead Revisited"
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"The Duchess"
"Frost/Nixon"
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
"Mamma Mia!"
"Milk"
"Quantum of Solace"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"

CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Australia"
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"Doubt"
"The Duchess"
"Frost/Nixon"
"In Bruges"
"Mamma Mia!"
"Milk"
"Quantum of Solace"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"The Wrestler"

MUSIC — TOP 15
"Australia"
"Burn After Reading"
"Changeling"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"The Duchess"
"Frost/Nixon"
"Mamma Mia!"
"Milk"
"Quantum of Solace"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
"The Visitor"
"Wall-E"

Photo credits: Paramount, Universal


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