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Oscar Watch: Parsing the BAFTA Nominations and Spielberg/Hooper Snub; Could 'Skyfall' Land a Best Picture Slot?

The BAFTAs are yet another awards group, about the same size as the Academy, that represents a portion of about 300 voting Brits who can have an impact on the Oscar race. The Brits explain why a film like "Atonement," for example, could do better than expected. Thus BAFTA giving American productions "Lincoln" ten nominations, "Life of Pi" nine, "Argo" seven, and "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Django Unchained" five each is significant. It was to be expected that Brit films "Les Misérables" (nine), "Skyfall (eight) and "Anna Karenina" (six) would do well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2013 12:29 PM
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Britannias 2012: Oscar Pushes for 'Skyfall,' 'Lincoln' & 'Django Unchained'; Day-Lewis Accepts Award Next to Empty Chair

BAFTA-LA Britannia Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday evening, where pre-selected achievement awards were handed out to Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarrantino, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Will Wright. The Britannias serve as a good platform for BAFTA to make an Oscar push for its Brits in Hollywood, and this year the most recent and much-acclaimed 007 installment “Skyfall,” and Day-Lewis’ uncanny performance as the 16th president in “Lincoln,” were at the forefront.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2012 1:44 PM
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Alan Cumming Returns to Host BAFTA's 2012 Britannia Awards

BAFTA Los Angeles announces Alan Cumming will return for the fourth time to host the 2012 Britannia Awards on November 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Among the gala event's presenters are Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and Josh Gad...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2012 2:58 PM
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BAFTA LA Britannias to Honor Day-Lewis with Stanley Kubrick Award

The BAFTA LA 2012 Britannia Awards (November 11) will honor "Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film. The pre-selected awards, which this year also honor Daniel Craig, Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Will Wright, provide a BAFTA Oscar push for certain artists.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 4, 2012 1:11 PM
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BAFTA LA Honors Tarantino, Craig, Parker and Stone

One vital component of the award season is the British contingent, repped in large part by the BAFTA Awards. And BAFTA LA also mounts an annual award ceremony. This November 7 BAFTA LA returns to the Beverly Hilton to present awards to the current James Bond, Brit Daniel Craig, American auteur Quentin Tarantino, who is finishing up "Django Unchained" for December 25 release, American "South Park" and "Book of Mormon" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 19, 2012 12:50 PM
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Will BAFTA's Trim to Two Voting Rounds Oscarize Awards?

BAFTA announced today a major reworking of its 2013 British Academy Awards votings system. The most radical difference is that there will now be two rounds of polling, as opposed to three.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 3:16 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Interviews, Festival Updates, Post-BAFTA Oscar Analysis, In the Works and More

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  • February 18, 2012 12:44 PM
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Awards Watch: Pitt and Clooney Do Inside the Actors Studio, Can't Stop Dujardin's Oscar Momentum

Oscar contenders George Clooney and Brad Pitt have both recently appeared on Inside the Actors Studio to celebrate their successful careers in Hollywood (and talk about pranking each other), and while their charm is bottomless, Jean Dujardin and "The Artist" continue to gain momentum.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 12:50 PM
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Awards Video: BAFTA Winners Streep and Dujardin Campaign for Oscar, Davis and Spencer Get Real on Smiley

Thankfully for Oscar Show ratings, while many races are seemingly locked in, the Best Actor and Best Actress race are not. This opens up an opportunity for each viral video clip, awards win, or high-profile in-depth interview to make a difference with Academy voters. Thus Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin's BAFTA wins Sunday drove forward Oscar momentum (see below).
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 12:26 PM
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BAFTA Winners, Awards Show Broadcast on BBC America -- Impact on Oscars

I am a fan of the British Academy Awards show, or BAFTAs, which took place Sunday night in London, later edited and broadcast on BBC America. UPDATE: The full list of winners is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2012 8:23 AM
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