BAFTA casualties: ‘A Very Long Engagement’ & ‘Million Dollar Baby’ among awards season favorites shortchanged by new British Academy rules
New British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) rules have led to a series of high profile “BAFTA casualties.” Examples include:
- Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s World War I drama A Very Long Engagement / Un long dimanche de fiançailles, starring potential Best Actress Oscar contender Audrey Tautou.
- Clint Eastwood’s sentimental boxing drama Million Dollar Baby, starring another potential Best Actress contender, Hilary Swank.
- Bill Condon’s Alfred Kinsey biopic Kinsey, starring potential Best Actor contender Liam Neeson.
- Alexander Payne’s road movie Sideways, featuring critics’ faves Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen, and Thomas Haden Church.
These four awards season favorites were officially eligible for the 2005 BAFTA Awards. Yet A Very Long Engagement received one single nod in the Best Foreign Language Film category, Sideways managed to land one nomination for its screenplay, and Million Dollar Baby and Kinsey were completely shut out.
Oscar-friendly & member-unfriendly new rules lead to BAFTA casualties
The BAFTA casualties problem is due to the fact that several potential British Academy Award contenders either have just been released or have yet to be released in the United Kingdom.
Now that the BAFTAs have become one more awards season precursor to the Oscars – that’s the British Academy’s way of garnering more worldwide publicity for its trophies – new rules state that movies released in the U.K. as late as March are eligible for the previous year’s awards.
Since the BAFTA ceremony takes place quite a bit before Oscar night, votes for the nominees must be in by early January. As a consequence, there is little time for British Academy members to catch up with the latest (or upcoming) releases.
A dearth of both special screenings and screeners of a number of important films have resulted in fewer votes for movies that otherwise might have been top BAFTA contenders. Indeed, according to journalist Brian Pendreigh in The Scotsman, BAFTA voters received a mere 25 DVDs.
Pendreigh adds that “even as the BAFTA ceremony reaches new heights of glamour and prestige, the failure to make sure that voters at least get a chance to see the best films is turning the awards into a farce.”
Euthanasia drama is Goya Awards’ record-breaker
From BAFTA casualties to the 2005 Spanish Academy Awards’ record-breaking winner: The Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Jan. 31 the winners of the 2005 Goya Awards.
As expected, screenwriter-director Alejandro Amenábar’s audience-friendly euthanasia drama The Sea Inside / Mar adentro, starring Javier Bardem, Lola Dueñas, and Belén Rueda, was the top choice.
How much of a top choice?
Well, The Sea Inside won Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, no less than six acting awards, plus five other trophies.
Total = 14 wins. A Goya Awards record.
The previous record-holder had been Carlos Saura’s Spanish Civil War-set comedy-drama ¡Ay Carmela!, which took home 13 trophies back in early 1991.
Pedro Almodóvar once again ends up empty-handed
At the other extreme, both in terms of cinematic aesthetics and Spanish Academy-love, Pedro Almodóvar’s outrageous, gay-sex-filled comedy-drama Bad Education / La Mala educación was left totally Goya-less.
But perhaps that shouldn’t be seen as too much of a shocker.
When the nominees for the Goya Awards were announced in late 2004, the biggest surprise was the inclusion of Bad Education in a mere four categories – granted, including Best Picture and Best Director.
To date, Almodóvar has won two Goya Awards: as Best Director for All About Mother (1999) and, in the Best Original Screenplay category, for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988).
As an aside, Pedro Almodóvar was no luckier at the European Film Awards held last December in Barcelona:
BAFTA & Goya Award winners & nominees
Update: Below is the full list of the 2005 BAFTA and Goya Award winners and a partial list of nominees.
Note: As it turned out, one of the “BAFTA casualties,” Sideways, did top the sole category in which it had been nominated.
Note II: The Goya Awards have two categories specifically for non-Spanish films: Best European Film and Best Spanish-Language Foreign Film. That means non-Spanish-language movies of non-European origin are out of luck as far as the Goyas are concerned.
Foreign Language Film
* The Motorcycle Diaries (U.S. / Brazil / Argentina).
Bad Education (Spain).
The Chorus / Les choristes (France).
House of Flying Daggers (China / Hong Kong).
A Very Long Engagement (France / U.S.).
* My Summer of Love.
Dead Man’s Shoes.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Shaun of the Dead.
* Jamie Foxx - Ray.
Gael García Bernal - The Motorcycle Diaries.
Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Johnny Depp - Finding Neverland.
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator.
* Clive Owen - Closer.
Alan Alda - The Aviator.
Phil Davis - Vera Drake.
Jamie Foxx - Collateral.
Rodrigo De la Serna - The Motorcycle Diaries.
* Mike Leigh - Vera Drake.
Marc Forster - Finding Neverland.
Michel Gondry - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Michael Mann - Collateral.
Martin Scorsese - The Aviator.
Original Screenplay: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Charlie Kaufman.
Adapted Screenplay: Sideways - Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor.
Cinematography: Collateral - Dion Beebe & Paul Cameron.
Film Editing: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Valdís Óskarsdóttir.
Original Music: The Motorcycle Diaries - Gustavo Santaolalla.
Production Design: The Aviator - Dante Ferretti.
Costume Design: Vera Drake - Jacqueline Durran.
Visual Effects: The Day After Tomorrow.
Makeup & Hair: The Aviator.
Short Animation: Birthday Boy, dir.: Sejong Park.
Short Film: The Banker, dir.: Hattie Dalton.
BAFTA Fellowship: John Barry.
* The Sea Inside.
Tiovivo c. 1950.
Being Julia (U.K. / Hungary).
* Head-On / Gegen die Wand (Germany).
Monsieur Ibrahim / Monsieur Ibrahim Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (France).
Girl with a Pearl Earring (U.K. / Luxemburg).
Spanish-Language Foreign Film
El rey (Colombia).
Avellaneda’s Moon / Luna de Avellaneda (Argentina).
* Whisky (Uruguay).
Adolfo Aristaraín, Roma.
* Alejandro Amenábar, The Sea Inside.
Carlos Saura, The 7th Day / El 7º día.
Pedro Almodóvar, Bad Education.
Eduard Fernández, Cosas que hacen que la vida valga la pena.
Eduardo Noriega, Wolf / El Lobo.
Guillermo Toledo, The Perfect Crime / Crimen ferpecto.
* Javier Bardem, The Sea Inside.
Ana Belén, Cosas que hacen que la vida valga la pena.
* Lola Dueñas, The Sea Inside.
Penélope Cruz, Don’t Move / Non ti muovere.
Pilar Bardem, María querida.
* Celso Bugallo, The Sea Inside.
Juan Diego, The 7th Day.
Luis Varela, The Perfect Crime.
Unax Ugalde, Héctor.
* Mabel Rivera, The Sea Inside.
Mercedes Sampietro, Unconscious / Inconscientes.
Silvia Abascal, Wolf.
Victoria Abril, The 7th Day.
Original Screenplay: Alejandro Amenábar & Mateo Gil, The Sea Inside.
Adapted Screenplay: José Rivera, The Motorcycle Diaries.
New Director: Pablo Malo, Cold Winter Sun / Frío sol de invierno.
New Actor: Tamar Novas, The Sea Inside.
New Actress:Belén Rueda, The Sea Inside.
Cinematography: Javier Aguirresarobe, The Sea Inside.
Film Editing: Guillermo S. Maldonado, Wolf.
Original Score: Alejandro Amenábar, The Sea Inside.
Executive/Line Producer: Emiliano Otegui, The Sea Inside.
Documentary: Miracle of Candeal / El milagro de Candeal, dir.: Fernando Trueba.
Animated Feature: Pinocchio 3000, dir.: Daniel Robichaud.
Art Direction: Gil Parrondo, Tiovivo c. 1950.
Costume Design: Yvonne Blake, The Bridge of San Luis Rey / El puente de San Luis Rey.
Original Song: “Zambie Mameto” by Carlinhos Brown & Mateus, Miracle of Candeal.
Sound: The Sea Inside.
Special Effects: Wolf.
Make-up & Hair: The Sea Inside.
Short Film: Diez minutos, dir.: Alberto Ruiz Rojo.
Animated Short: El enigma del Chico Croqueta, dir.: Pablo Llorens.
Documentary Short: Extras, dir.: Ana Serret.
Honorary Goya: José Luis López Vázquez.
‘The Aviator’ & ‘Sideways’ are Golden Globes’ favorites
From BAFTA casualties and the Goya Awards’ record-breaker to the 2005 Golden Globes: Martin Scorsese’s big & boisterous Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator was the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s top motion picture - drama at a Jan. 16 ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Additionally, The Aviator earned Golden Globes for star Leonardo DiCaprio, who, as Howard Hughes, looks quite a bit like Orson Welles, and composer Howard Shore.
This awards season, several U.S. critics’ groups have chosen Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby as the year’s Best Picture while selecting Martin Scorsese as Best Director for The Aviator. The HFPA did things the other way around. Besides, Eastwood’s boxing drama earned Hilary Swank the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.
Another critics’ fave, Alexander Payne’s road movie Sideways, was the Golden Globes’ Best Picture - Musical or Comedy while the Best Foreign Language Film was Goya Awards record-breaker The Sea Inside.
See below the full list of the 2005 Golden Globes’ winners, in addition to the winners of the 2005 Spirit Awards, among them Best Film Sideways and Best Foreign Language Film The Sea Inside.
Motion Picture - Drama: The Aviator.
Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Sideways.
Foreign Language Film: The Sea Inside (Spain).
Actress - Drama: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby.
Actor - Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator.
Actress - Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening, Being Julia.
Actor - Musical or Comedy: Jamie Foxx, Ray.
Supporting Actress: Natalie Portman, Closer.
Supporting Actor: Clive Owen, Closer.
Director: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby.
Screenplay: Sideways - Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor.
Original Score: The Aviator - Howard Shore.
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Robin Williams.
Miniseries or TV Movie: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Actress - Miniseries or TV Movie: Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter.
Actor - Miniseries or TV Movie: Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Musical or Comedy Series: Desperate Housewives.
Actor - Musical or Comedy Series: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development.
Actress - Musical or Comedy Series: Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives.
Drama Series: Nip/Tuck.
Actor - Drama Series: Ian McShane, Deadwood.
Actress - Drama Series: Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: William Shatner, Boston Legal.
Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Anjelica Huston, Iron Jawed Angels.
Foreign Language Film: The Sea Inside.
Actress: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace.
Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways.
Actor: Paul Giamatti, Sideways.
Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways.
Director: Alexander Payne, Sideways.
First Film: Garden State, dir.: Zach Braff.
First Screenplay: Maria Full of Grace, Joshua Marston.
Documentary: Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, dir.: Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky.
John Cassavetes Award: Mean Creek, dir.: Jacob Aaron Estes.
Debut Performance: Rodrigo De la Serna, The Motorcycle Diaries.
Cinematography: The Motorcycle Diaries, Eric Gautier.
Special Distinction: The Mean Creek cast (Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder).
No BAFTA casualties among Italian Film Journalists award winners
Lastly, from BAFTA casualties to … the Italian Film Journalists’ Nastri d’Argento selections.
Speaking of BAFTA casualties, none such could be found among the winners of the 2005 Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbons), presented by the Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani (National Union of Italian Film Journalists) and announced at a ceremony held on Feb. 4 at the Auditorium di Roma.
Why no casualties?
That’s because the Nastri d’Argento honors Italian films and, at times, Italian talent in foreign films. The BAFTAs, for their part, have their U.S.-media-set eyes on American – and, with luck, British – cinema.
Best Director Gianni Amelio
The winner of the Italian Film Journalists’ top award – the Best Director Nastro d’Argento (there’s no “Best Film” category) – was Gianni Amelio for The Keys to the House / Le Chiavi di casa, Italy’s submission for the 2005 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
The Keys to the House chronicles the challenges faced by a physically and mentally handicapped boy (Andrea Rossi) whose estranged father (Kim Rossi Stuart) is asked to accompany him to Berlin for medical tests.
Family members hope that the two will be able to finally form an emotional bond that should help to alleviate the boy’s condition. While in Berlin, the father becomes acquainted with a woman (Charlotte Rampling) dealing with similar issues.
Italian Film Journalists honor Pedro Almodóvar + veterans Mario Monicelli & Suso Cecchi D’Amico
More 2005 Nastri d’Argento winners: “Snubbed” by both the Goya Awards and the European Film Awards, Pedro Almodóvar was chosen as the year’s Best Foreign Director for Bad Education.
Other Nastri d’Argento picks include Best Actor Toni Servillo for his performance as a former investment broker indebted to the Cosa Nostra in Paolo Sorrentino’s thriller The Consequences of Love / Le Conseguenze dell’amore and Best Actress Laura Morante for playing optician Carlo Verdone’s neurotic wife in Love Is Eternal While It Lasts / L’amore è eterno finché dura.
And finally, veteran filmmaker Mario Monicelli (The Great War, The Organizer) and veteran screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico (Bicycle Thieves, The Leopard) – one of the relatively few women movie writers of the 1950s – were the recipients of special Nastri d’Argento.
Monicelli and D’Amico were frequent collaborators, including on the comedies Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), starring Vittorio Gassman and Renato Salvatori; The Passionate Thief (1960), starring Anna Magnani and Totò; and Lady Liberty (1971), starring Sophia Loren and William Devane.
See below the full list of this year’s Nastri d’Argento winners and partial list of nominees.
Nastri d’Argento: Winners & nominees
* Gianni Amelio - The Keys to the House.
Sergio Castellitto - Don’t Move.
Davide Ferrario - After Midnight / Dopo mezzanotte.
Matteo Garrone - First Love / Primo amore.
Paolo Sorrentino - The Consequences of Love.
Kim Ki-duk - 3-Iron.
Fatih Akin - Head-On.
* Pedro Almodóvar - Bad Education.
Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury & Conrad Vernon - Shrek 2.
Alejandro González Iñárritu - 21 Grams.
Fabrizio Bentivoglio - L’amore ritorna.
Giorgio Pasotti - After Midnight.
* Toni Servillo - The Consequences of Love.
Kim Rossi Stuart - The Keys to the House.
Carlo Verdone - Love Is Eternal While It Lasts.
Nicoletta Braschi - Mi piace lavorare (Mobbing).
Margherita Buy - The Vanity Serum / Il siero della vanità.
Michela Cescon - First Love.
Francesca Inaudi - After Midnight.
* Laura Morante - Love Is Eternal While It Lasts.
Valerio Binasco - Working Slowly (Radio Alice) / Lavorare con lentezza.
Pierfrancesco Favino - The Keys to the House.
Elio Germano - What Will Happen to Us? / Che ne sarà di noi.
Luca Lionello & Mattia Sbragia - The Passion of the Christ.
* Raffaele Pisu - The Consequences of Love.
Monica Bellucci, Rosalinda Celentano & Claudia Gerini - The Passion of the Christ.
Cristiana Capotondi - Christmas in Love & To Sleep Next to Her / Volevo solo dormirle addosso.
* Giovanna Mezzogiorno - L’amore ritorna.
Vincenza Modica - Vento di terra.
Teresa Saponangelo - I Can See It in Your Eyes / Te lo leggo negli occhi.
Original Story: Francesca Comencini - Mi piace lavorare (Mobbing).
Screenplay: Margaret Mazzantini & Sergio Castellitto - Don’t Move.
New Director: Saverio Costanzo - Private.
Producer: Aurelio De Laurentiis - What Will Happen to Us? & Tutto in quella notte.
Cinematography: Luca Bigazzi - The Keys to the House, The Consequences of Love & Another Life / Ovunque sei.
Editing: Patrizio Marone - Don’t Move.
Music: Banda Osiris - First Love.
Production Design: Francesco Frigeri - The Passion of the Christ & Don’t Move.
Costume Design: Maurizio Millenotti - The Passion of the Christ.
Special Awards: Suso Cecchi D’Amico & Mario Monicelli.
Goya Awards website.
Image of Audrey Tautou in one of the BAFTA casualties, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement: Warner Independent Pictures.
Image of Kim Rossi Stuart in the Nastro d’Argento winner The Keys to the House: Lionsgate Entertainment.
“BAFTA Casualties Following New Deadline Rules + Pro-Euthanasia Drama Is Spanish Academy Awards’ Big Winner” last updated in May 2019.