Bish bosh BAFTA
Hot on the heels of the Golden Globes, the movie business is ego-boosting again with the announcement of the nominations for this year’s BAFTAs. Slumdog Millionaire has basically stormed it, picking up eleven nominations, including one for Best Actor in the form of Dev Patel – an eighteen year old from Harrow best known as that desperate kid in Skins who’ll put his winky in anything that shows a passing interest. Still, it’s a fully deserved nomination and pits a guy who still lives with his mum against Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Sean Penn (Milk) and Hollywood behemoth Brad Pitt (the Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Give it a bit of history and people won’t be talking about David and Goliath, it’ll be Patel and Pitt.
The other newsworthy bit of info on the acting nominations is Kate Winslet’s amazing double Leading Actress nomination – one for the Reader and one for Revolutionary Road. Coming on the back of her Golden Globe success and Oprah Winfrey praising her boobs, this has been a good week for the Winslet.
Other than that, it’s really just all the usual suspects. In Bruges pops up once or twice, as does Frost/Nixon and Changeling. The only really unusual nominations come for Man on Wire, James Marsh’s low-key documentary about Phillipe Petit’s death-defying 1974 tightrope walk between New York’s Twin Towers. The terrifyingly insane, stupid and wonderful feat obviously caught the imagination amongst the expected big hitters and has picked up two nominations. I know which I’m rooting for…