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1917 Wins at Much-Derided BAFTAs

Many nominees criticized lack of diversity

(Newser) - Gut-wrenching World War I epic 1917 was the big winner at Sunday’s British Academy Film Awards, winning seven prizes including best picture and best director. Sam Mendes’ drama about one of the most devastating conflicts in British history bested hotly tipped American contenders including Joker, The Irishman, and Once ... More »

The Brits Say 'No' to Accused Filmmaker

Bryan Singer loses his 'Best Director' BAFTA nomination

(Newser) - The British equivalent of the Oscars will be held Sunday in London as planned, with one change: Bryan Singer's nomination is no more, the BBC reports. The Bohemian Rhapsody director's nom has been suspended by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in response to sexual assault... More »

Here Are the Big Winners at Britain's Oscars

'Three Billboards' takes best film, plus several other top BAFTA honors

(Newser) - Britain has wrapped up its version of the Oscars, with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri having a strong night. Writer-director Martin McDonagh said a film about an angry woman who decides to act is appropriate in an awards season dominated by the campaign against sexual misconduct and bullying. "Our... More »

Argo Wins Best Film at Britain's Oscars

Ben Affleck takes prize for best director

(Newser) - Iran-hostage drama Argo continued its journey from awards-season outsider to favorite today, winning three prizes, including best-picture, at the British Academy Film Awards. Ben Affleck was named best director for the based-on-reality story of a longshot plan to rescue a group of American diplomats from Iran after the 1979 Islamic... More »

Breaking Dawn Gets 11 Razzie Noms

And bad film awards show only has 10 categories

(Newser) - A nice bit of schadenfreude for Twilight haters: Breaking Dawn Part 2, the merciful final installment in the vampire saga, leads this year's nominations for the Golden Raspberry Awards (aka Razzies), which honor the year's worst films. It managed to grab a nomination in each of the 10... More »

The Artist Sweeps the Bafta Awards

Silent film grabs 7 Brit honors, Meryl Street wins Best Actress

(Newser) - In what could be a preview of the Oscars, The Artist swept the top honors at the Bafta movie awards in London yesterday. The quirky black-and-white film raked in seven British movie honors, including those for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor for French star Jean Dujardin.... More »

Will, Kate Glam It Up in LA

After a day of playing with the ponies

(Newser) - (AP) Hollywood royalty mingled with the real thing as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent a sun-splashed day on the polo fields of Santa Barbara County followed by a diamond-studded night amid movie glitterati at the midpoint of their tour of California. Prince William wowed the crowd with... More »

King’s Speech Wins Big at BAFTAs

Film snags top honor, as well as lead actor trophy for Colin Firth

(Newser) - Yet more awards season love for The King’s Speech: The heartwarming film about stammering King George VI won best film at the British Academy Film Awards. Lead actor Colin Firth also took home the best actor trophy at the BAFTAs, the UK’s equivalent to the Oscars, Bloomberg reports.... More »

Hurt Locker, Bigelow Dominate BAFTAs

Iraq war movie captures best film, director, original screenplay

(Newser) - The Hurt Locker ran roughshod over the competition at tonight's BAFTAs, capturing best film, best director, and best original screenplay among its six trophies—four more than Avatar scored. "My heart's beating so fast I can barely talk," said Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, whose rivalry with ex-husband... More »

Streep: Move Oscars Before Other Awards

Late scheduling takes the punch out of iconic awards, actor says

(Newser) - Two-time Oscar winner (and 15-time nominee) Meryl Streep has a suggestion for the Academy—the ceremony should be earlier, she tells USA Today. “The Oscars should be Jan. 2,” Streep said, “before the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, the Broadcast Film Critics.” Winners are so tired of awards... More »

Mad Men Snags BAFTA

Branagh also among top winners

(Newser) - Mad Men was the big US winner at last night’s BAFTA television awards, beating The Wire and The Daily Show to win best international show, notes the Hollywood Reporter. X Factor, another Simon Cowell-produced talent competition, won best entertainment show, while Kenneth Branagh picked up best drama series for... More »

Winslet's Oscar Bid Battered by Nazi Furor

'Nazi porn' asks use to 'empathize with mass murderer'

(Newser) - Mounting criticism of The Reader as an apologia for the Nazis is seriously undermining Kate Winslet's chances for an Oscar, reports the Telegraph. Critics have blasted the film as "Nazi porn," and the author of a book on Hitler charged in a recent article in Slate that it... More »

Pitt-Jolie Kids Run Amok in Hotel

Unruly kids annoy guests while parents attend BAFTA ceremony

(Newser) - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's bad night at the BAFTA awards got worse when the trophy-less pair got back to their London hotel to find four of their kids running riot, the Sun reports. Guests at the Dorchester hotel complained about the noise as the nanny struggled to keep the... More »

Slumdog, Winslet Scoop BAFTA Honors

Benjamin Button , Frost/Nixon lag as Oscars near

(Newser) - Kate Winslet and Slumdog Millionaire won big at last night's BAFTA ceremony—one more sign that the actress and film are steaming toward Oscar wins, reports the Independent. Here's the line up for the British awards:
  • Winslet won Best Actress for The Reader, competing against her own second nomination for
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Winslet Embraces Hot Accessory: Cleavage

Telegraph 's Fashion Director speculates on Winselet's outfit for BAFTA

(Newser) - Kate Winslet's new approach to awards-season fashion hasn't escaped notice, Hilary Alexander writes in the Telegraph. "Ms. Winslet’s breasts have become so important they are starting to take on a life of their own," the newspaper's fashion director observes. The double Golden Globe winner (supply your own... More »

Brit Honors to Day-Lewis, Atonement & Coen Brothers

Step closer to Oscar at BAFTA

(Newser) - In what many see as a prologue to the Oscars, Atonement was named best film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards yesterday, and Daniel Day-Lewis won the best actor award for his power performance in There Will Be Blood, reports Variety. In a surprise win French... More »

Sims Designer Named BAFTA Fellow

Award signals acceptance of gaming into art community

(Newser) - The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has awarded a fellowship to video game designer Will Wright, creator of The Sims, the best-selling computer game franchise in history. The award has been interpreted as a nod to the growing creativity of computer and video games. Previous recipients include... More »

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