by Mark Rabinowitz
The nominations for the 50th British Academy Film Awards, presented by
the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) were announced
on Monday, with "The Full Monty," "L.A. Confidential" and "Titanic" all
hitting double digits in nominations. Fox Searchlight's "The Full
Monty," the highest grossing British film of all-time picked up 11
nods, a number bested only by "L.A. Confidential's" 12 nominations.
"Monty" picked up nods for best film, British film of the year, director
(Peter Cattaneo), original screenplay (Simon Beaufoy), actor (Robert
Carlyle), supporting actress (Lesley Sharp), 2 for supporting actor
(Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson), music (Anne Dudley), editing (Nick
Moore/David Freeman) and sound. British Films fared particularly well,
with "Mrs. Brown" picking up 8 nominations, including those for best film,
actress (JudiDench), actor (Billy Connolly), and original screenplay
(Jeremy Brock). Gary Oldman's directorial debut was honored with four
picks, including British film of the year, best original screenplay
(Oldman), actor (Ray Winstone) and actress (Kathy Burke).
Several films not yet open in the United states were favored with
nominations, among them, Shane Meadow's "Twentyfourseven" and Gillies
MacKinnon's "Regeneration" (British film of the year) and Brian
Gilbert's "Wilde" which received two nominations for best supporting
actress (Jennifer Ehle and Zoe Wanamaker). Two films passed over by the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar nominations, Ang
Lee's "The Ice Storm" and Alain Berliner's "Ma Vie en Rose" were noticed
by BAFTA, with "Storm" getting nods for James Schamus' adapted
screenplay and Sigourney Weaver for best supporting actress and "Rose"
picking up a nomination for "best film not in the English language."
This year, for the first time an audience award will be presented when
the awards are given out on April 19th. Presented in Association with
The Daily Mail, the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite
film of the past 12 months when a list of the ten highest UK grossing
films will be printed in The Daily Mail. Phone voting is also being
offered, with GMTV set to run a four day series highlighting the
nominees and inviting people to register their vote via phone lines.