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Finally a nod for Javier Bardem; will Oscar follow?

Javier Bardem 
The BAFTAs must be getting great appreciation today from Julia Roberts, Sean Penn and perhaps even Michael Mann. All three have been championing Javier Bardem for a best actor nod for his turn as underground street hustler and father in Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "Biutiful." But until early this morning, Bardem's role has been largely ignored by the critics' groups and the guild nominations.

Penn moderated a panel for Bardem and Inarritu for "Biutiful" in which he compared Bardem's performance to that of Marlon Brando's in "Last Tango in Paris." Mann also moderated a Q&A because he was such a big fan of the film. And at CAA's screening of the film, Roberts said his performance was a "magic trick and a miracle all together."

Yet Bardem was left out of the Golden Globes, the critics awards picks and SAG. But Tuesday morning BAFTA chose Bardem's performance as one of the best, right alongside Jeff Bridges, Jesse Eisenberg, Colin Firth and James Franco.

Will the inclusion by the British Film Academy help Bardem's Oscar chances? It will definitely bring more attention to his role, and as my colleague Tom O'Neil points out, more than 500 BAFTA members are also members of the academy. Momentum hasn't been on his side, but the BAFTA nod can't hurt.

— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Javier Bardem in "Biutiful." Credit: Roadside Attractions.


'King's Speech' dominates BAFTA nominations

King's Speech 

"The King's Speech" dominated the nominations for the Orange British Academy Awards on Monday evening,  scoring 14 nominations, followed by "Black Swan" with 12, "Inception" with nine and "127 Hours" and "True Grit" with eight. "The Social Network," which has won the major critics awards this season, as well as the Critics Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globe for best film, received six nominations.
Besides best film, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave "King's Speech" nominations for lead actor for Colin Firth, who just won the Golden Globe; supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter; supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush; director for Tom Hooper; original screenplay for David Seidler, as well as for best British film, cinematography, costume design, editing, makeup and hair, original music, production design and sound.
Joining "King's Speech" in the best film category are "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Social Network" and "True Grit."

The other best director nominees are Danny Boyle for "127 Hours," Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," Christopher Nolan for "Inception" and David Fincher for "The Social Network."
Along witjh Firth in the best actor category are Javier Bardem for "Biutiful," Jeff Bridges for "True Grit," Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network" and James Franco for "127 Hours."
Leading actress nominees are  Annette Bening and Julianne Moore for "The Kids Are All Right," Natalie Portman for "Black Swan," Noomi Rapace for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit."
Nominated in the supporting actor category are Christian Bale for "The Fighter,"  Andrew Garfield for "The Social Network," the late Pete Postlethwaite for "The Town,"' Mark Ruffalo for "The Kids are All Right" and Rush.

Joining Bonham Carter in the supporting actress category are Amy Adams for "The Fighter," Barbara Hershey for "Black Swan," Lesley Manville for "Another Year" and Miranda Richardson for "Made in Dangenham."

Notably missing from the list of nominees were "The Fighter" and its director, David O. Russell, Oscar best actress contender Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone" and supporting actress contender Melissa Leo, who just won the Golden Globe, for "The Fighter."
The nominees for animated film are "Despicable Me," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Toy Story 3."

The awards will be handed out Feb. 13 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.
For a complete list of nominees go to

-- Susan King

Photo: BAFTA nominees Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech." Credit: The Weinstein Co.


Golden Globe predictions: 'King's Speech' or 'Social Network' to reign?

Golden_globe_set_2008Predicting the Golden Globes is hard because the awards are bestowed by such a quirky group of foreign journalists with unusual tastes. But let's try it anyway. First the film categories.

-- Tom O'Neil

X = predicted winner

"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"The King's Speech"
X - "The Social Network"

PREDICTION: This is a close contest between "King's Speech" and "Social Network." Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. often like foreign-set films, especially when they involve the British aristocracy, as evidenced by past victories here by "Atonement," "The English Patient" and "Sense and Sensibility." But sometimes the foreigners strive to do the opposite – to prove how in tune they  are with hip Yankee fare such as "Avatar" last year – and "Social Network" this year? I think so, yes.

"Alice in Wonderland"
X - "The Kids Are All Right"
"The Tourist"

PREDICTION: "Kids" is the only movie on this list that has any hope of an Oscar nomination for best picture, so it'll probably prevail. But is it really a comedy?

Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
X - David Fincher, "Social Network"
Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"

PREDICTION: Unlike Oscar voters, Globe voters often spread the wealth and reward helmers of films that don't win best picture. But I don't think that's going to happen this year.

Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
X - Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
James Franco, "127 Hours"
Ryan Gosling, "Blue Valentine"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Fighter"

PREDICTION: Firth hasn't lost a single award yet this season – and he's not going to lose this one, or any other, en route to the Oscar crown.


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'Black Swan,' 'The King's Speech' lead BAFTA's Longlist nominees [Updated]


"Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" dominated the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Longlist for the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Friday morning with 15 mentions each.

The Longlist is a result of the first round of voting by BAFTA members. The second round of voting, which begins Friday and concludes Thursday, will narrow the choices down to five nominations in each category. The final nominations will be announced Jan. 18 and the awards will be handed out Feb. 13.

Making the best film Longlist are "127 Hours," "Another Year," "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "Made in Dagenham," "Shutter Island," "The Social Network," "The Town," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

Directors on the list are Danny Boyle for "127 Hours," Tim Burton for "Alice in Wonderland," Mike Leigh for "Another Year," Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David O. Russell for "The Fighter," Niels Arden Oplev for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Christopher Nolan for "Inception," Lisa Cholodenko for "The Kids Are All Right," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech," Nigel Cole for "Made in Dagenham," Martin Scorsese for "Shutter Island," David Fincher for "The Social Network," Ben Affleck for "The Town" and Lee Unkrich for "Toy Story 3."

Leading actor contenders on the Longlist  are Aaron Eckhart for "Rabbit Hole," Ben Affleck for "The Town," Colin Firth for "The King's Speech," James Franco for "127 Hours," Javier Bardem for "Biutiful," Jeff Bridges for "True Grit," Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network," Jim Broadbent for "Another Year," Johnny Depp for "Alice in Wonderland," Leonardo DiCaprio for "Inception" and "Shutter Island," Mark Wahlberg for "The Fighter," Paul Giamatti for "Barney's Version," Robert Duvall for "Get Low" and Ryan Gosling for "Blue Valentine." [For the Record: An earlier version of this report spelled Mark Wahlberg's name incorrectly.]

Making the list in the lead actress category are Andrea Riseborough for "Brighton Rock," Annette Bening for "The Kids Are All Right," Carey Mulligan for "Never Let Me Go," Gemma Arterton for "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" and "Tamara Drewe," Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit," Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone," Julianne Moore for "The Kids Are All Right," Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine," Natalie Portman for "Black Swan," Nicole Kidman for "Rabbit Hole," Noomi Rapace for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Rosamund Pike for "Barney's Version," Sally Hawkins for "Made in Dagenham" and Tilda Swinton for "I Am Love."

For more information on the BAFTA  Longlist, go to

 -- Susan King

Photo: Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech." Photo: Laurie Sparham / Weinstein Co.

Javier Bardem talks Terrence Malick

There are few great directors that Javier Bardem hasn't worked with. His list now includes the Coen brothers, Woody Allen, Michael Mann, Mike Newell, Alejandro Amenabar and Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, among others.

Most recently, the Oscar-winning Bardem (and potential nominee for this year's "Biutiful") spent time with the elusive auteur Terrence Malick on the Oklahoma set of his new film, tentatively titled "The Burial." Bardem plays Father Quintana opposite a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, and he seems completely thrilled with the entire experience.

"I don't know what it's going to be like. I don't know what it's about," Bardem says. "I don't even know if I'm going to be there on the screen. And I don't care."

"It's not that I wanted to be in a Terrence Malick movie, it's that I wanted to be on the set with Terrence Malick," he adds. "And I happened to be there for a month. It was great. He is a very funny man, a funny man. To be a Spanish actor who gets to work in a Terrence Malick movie, it's like a gift."

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Javier Bardem. Credit: Roadside Attractions

(Video) Javier Bardem: How in the world did I end up on the Oscar stage?

Just three years after winning the Oscar for supporting actor in best picture champ "No Country for Old Men," Javier Bardem now competes in the lead race for portraying a man desperate to shore up his family life before he dies of cancer in "Biutiful."

After discussing his harrowing role in the critically praised indie directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarratui, Bardem shared his extremely candid views of the Oscar derby. "It's crazy!" he confessed, adding, "You have to be aware more than ever that it's a game, a race. You realize that most of the time it's not about the work. It's about a lot of other things more than that. It's hard. It's frustrating." But he loves the thrill and that he is a part of it.

"I watched the Oscars with my father when I was 10 or 11," he recalled. "They were in black and white. I was in Spain, and Bob Hope was hosting. How in the world did I end up on that stage? I don't know!"

-- Tom O'Neil

Envelope Screening Series: 'Biutiful'

When Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu cast Javier Bardem in "Biutiful," a narrative about death and fatherhood, the Spanish actor knew he was signing on for an emotionally draining role. "I died of cancer like 50 times," Bardem said. In a recent screening for the Envelope and in the video above, Bardem and Innaritu find hope and humor in dark places.

--Rebecca Keegan



Sean Penn leads charge for 'Biutiful' awards recognition

Envelope Screening Series: 'The King's Speech'

Envelope Screening Series: 'The Kids Are All Right'

Envelope Screening Series: 'Black Swan'

Envelope Screening Series: Bringing 'Another Year' to the screen

'Tangled': Mandy Moore, Alan Menken unravel some of the back story

James Franco and Simon Beaufoy on making '127 Hours'

Behind the scenes with the 'Toy Story 3' filmmakers


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