Oscar Watch: BAFTAs Go to Atonement, Cotillard, Day-Lewis

by Anne Thompson
February 10, 2008 7:33 AM
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2008_02_10t160409_450x300_uk_arts_bI went to BAFTA/LA's champagne brunch at UCLA with the intention of watching a live satellite feed of the awards--which only came through at the moment when Sir Anthony Hopkins was accepting his lifetime achievement award from Sir Dickie Attenborough. Then the show was over!

I usually have a bunch of Anglophile pals over to watch the show, which is witty and short and fun (especially when Stephen Frye is host). I was sitting next to ILM animation supervisor Hal Hickel, down from the Bay area to attend the VES awards tonight, who won the FX BAFTA award last year and was up this year for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. So he anxiously looked up the winners on his iPhone--and Golden Compass won. (They had already been leaked on the BAFTA website, even before the live show.) So now I'll watch the BBC America telecast with everyone else, already knowing the winners. Jeez.

So I had a yummy lunch with Hickel and his wife. I learned how complex and pioneering the swirling 20-minute Maelstrom storm in Pirates 3 was (water, water everywhere) and how much of the VFX in Iron Man have to do with Robert Downey, Jr's complex suit. Apparently director Jon Favreau likes to shoot as much live stuff as he can--which VFX people love, cause it makes their job easier.

I also talked to Little Miss Sunshine producer Ron Yerxa, who told me how up to the last minute at the Oscars last year, even sitting in the audience at the Kodak, he and partner Albert Berger kept being told one thing and then another about whether they should go up on stage. Right before the announcement, they were told they could go on. But then Sunshine didn't win.

Yerxa was up at Sundance with the Steve Coogan comedy Hamlet 2, which was rushed into completion for the fest--to his credit, Geoff Gilmore pushed the filmmakers to complete the film in time-- and sold to Focus Features for $10 million. Like Little Miss Sunshine, Yerxa and Berger had developed it for years before it finally got financed and made. It's ironic that the last thing admitted to the fest was its biggest sale.

The BAFTA winners are on the jump:


BEST FILM

Atonement -- produced by Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster

BEST BRITISH FILM

This Is England -- Mark Herbert/Shane Meadows

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for their First Feature Film

Matt Greenhalgh (Writer) -- Control

DIRECTOR

No Country For Old Men -- Joel Coen/Ethan Coen

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Juno -- Diablo Cody

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly -- Ronald Harwood

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

The Kite Runner -- William Horberg/Walter Parkes/Rebecca Yeldham/Marc Forster

ANIMATED FILM

Ratatouille -- Brad Bird

LEADING ACTOR

Daniel Day-Lewis -- There Will Be Blood

LEADING ACTRESS

Marion Cotillard -- La Vie en Rose

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Javier Bardem -- No Country for Old Men

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Tilda Swinton -- Michael Clayton

MUSIC

La Vie En Rose -- Christopher Gunning

CINEMATOGRAPHY

No Country For Old Men -- Roger Deakins

EDITING

The Bourne Ultimatum -- Christopher Rouse

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Atonement -- Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer

COSTUME DESIGN

La Vie En Rose -- Marit Allen

SOUND

The Bourne Ultimatum -- Kirk Francis/Scott Millan/David Parker/Karen Baker Landers/Per Hallberg

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

The Golden Compass -- Michael Fink/Bill Westenhofer/Ben Morris/Trevor Wood

MAKE UP & HAIR

La Vie En Rose -- Jan Archibald/Didier Lavergne

SHORT ANIMATION

The Pearce Sisters -- Jo Allen/Luis Cook

SHORT FILM

Dog Altogether -- Diarmid Scrimshaw/Paddy Considine

THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)

Shia Labeouf

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

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