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Brits Weigh In: King's Speech, Another Year Lead London Critics

Don't underestimate the Brit factor when it comes to Oscar influence. There are many Brit voters in the Academy. The London Critics Circle just gave boosts to two Brit films, The King's Speech (seven nominations, including Film of the Year, Brit film of Year and Actor of the Year, Colin Firth) and Another Year (six, including British Director, Mike Leigh, British Actress, Lesley Manville and British Actor, Jim Broadbent). The Social Network nabbed five noms, while Brit debut featureThe Arbor got four, along with Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit. Full list below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2010 5:08 AM
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Lesley Manville Talks Another Year, Mike Leigh

Of all the descriptions I've heard from various folks about the famed Mike Leigh process--whereby the writer-director starts at zero with a troupe of actors and winds up after a lengthy workshop period with a solid character-driven screenplay--long-term Leigh veteran Lesley Manville (All or Nothing, Topsy-Turvy) does it best. The actress is celebrating her first win, from the National Board of Review, for the role of a boozy sad-sack in Leigh's latest, Another Year. More may follow: the Academy voters have rewarded Leigh and his actors many times in the past.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2010 7:24 AM
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Bawdy Night at Britannia Awards with Bridges, Sheen, White, Nolan, Scotts

BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards is a fun night of Anglophilic pleasure, especially when wry wit Stephen Fry plays host. He likes doing the Britannias because there are only five awards, which keeps the proceedings short, he says. And everyone knows they're going to win; otherwise 80 percent of the nominees are disappointed, getting drunk in the bar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2010 1:16 AM
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BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards To Premiere on TV Guide Network, Fry Hosts

I am so pleased that Stephen Fry will host the 19th annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles' (BAFTA LA) Britannia Awards on November 7. I follow him on Twitter and he is hilarious.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2010 8:43 AM
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Oscar Watch: Costume Designer Powell Talks Young Victoria, Shutter Island and The Tempest

Costume designer Sandy Powell has won two Oscars out of eight nominations, for Martin Scorsese's The Aviator and John Madden's Shakespeare in Love. She's known for designing "modern" period costumes for such films as Gangs of New York and has worked repeatedly with Scorsese, Neil Jordan and Todd Haynes. After Shutter Island comes Julie Taymor's Shakespearean The Tempest. In this four-part flip-cam interview, Powell not only talks about her BAFTA and Costume Guild-winning costumes on The Young Victoria (which will likely win her a third Oscar), but ranges over other films in her long career as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 27, 2010 2:14 AM
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Weekend Wrap: Hurt Locker Gains Ground at WGA, BAFTAs

Weekend Wrap: Hurt Locker Gains Ground at WGA, BAFTAs
This weekend's key awards events--the Writers Guild (WGA) and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) awards--did much to advance the inevitable march toward multiple Oscar wins for The Hurt Locker, which won original screenplay at both shows, and a total of six BAFTAs, including cinematography (Barry Ackroyd is a Brit), editing, sound, director and best picture. When the DGA, WGA and Editors Guild all give awards to the same film, reports Awards Daily, it wins best picture 100% of time. This time in her acceptance speech, Bigelow, the first woman to win a BAFTA for directing, made a call for "finding a resolution for peace."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2010 11:41 AM
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BAFTA Nominations Favor An Education, Avatar, Hurt Locker

The BAFTA noms offer the same old same old, basically, as Avatar and The Hurt Locker continue to advance and home-grown fave An Education, which has been earning more nominations than wins, gets a much-needed boost. All three earned eight noms apiece. It's nice to see two women in the directors race: The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow and An Education's Lone Scherfig.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2010 4:58 AM
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Globes Weekend Party Circuit: Film Independent, BAFTA Brunches

My Golden Globe weekend began Saturday morning with an Independent Spirits brunch at Boa Steakhouse on Sunset celebrating the nominees. At the beginning, Laura Dern, Mike White and Derek Luke recounted tales of attending their first Indie Spirit awards; Luke actually bused tables at a Spirit show several years before he found himself nominated for Antoine Fisher. Film Independent's Dawn Hudson called all the nominees up to the stage to identify themselves, including Precious writer Geoffrey Fletcher, Humpday director Lynn Shelton, A Single Man's Tom Ford and 500 Days of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 6:40 AM
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Emily Blunt Talks Young Victoria, Golden Globes

Emily Blunt Talks Young Victoria, Golden Globes
Brit actress Emily Blunt walks the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Sunday afternoon as a best actress drama nominee for The Young Victoria, which is holding well ($6.3 million so far in North America), and should get a boost from her Globes appearance. She has been there before: she's now an old hand.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2010 7:55 AM
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Oscar Talk Episode 18: More Guild Votes, Sandra Bullock, Michael Bay and Golden Globes

In this week’s Oscar Talk Kris Tapley and I debate the impact of the latest guild votes and describe the week’s crowded party circuit, from Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 sound demo to cocktails with Sandra Bullock, star of The Blind Side. The weekend brings another round: BAFTA tea, and the Golden Globes Awards and pre-and-after parties.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2010 10:54 AM
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