BAFTA Nominations' Casualties + Thespian Black Hole Clint Eastwood?

by Alt Film Guide
A Very Long Engagement Audrey Tautou: 1 of BAFTA casualties among top contendersA Very Long Engagement with Audrey Tautou: BAFTA casualty. This year, several top awards season contenders have had their British Academy Award (BAFTA) chances shortcircuited by new rules and a dearth of screenings & screeners. One of these is Jean-Pierre Jeunet's sweeping World War I drama A Very Long Engagement, which succeeded in receiving one single BAFTA Award nomination in the ghettoized Best Foreign Language Film category. Based on Sebastien Japrisot's 1991 novel, A Very Long Engagement stars Audrey Tautou as a young woman attempting to uncover the truth behind the death of her soldier fiancé.

BAFTA nominations' casualties: 'A Very Long Engagement' & 'Million Dollar Baby' among awards season entries shortchanged by new British Academy rules

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 father-daughter/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; and Alexander Payne's road movie Sideways, featuring critics' faves Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen, and Thomas Haden Church, have been shortchanged by new rules at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

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.

BAFTA 'farce': Oscar-friendly & member-unfriendly new rules

The problem is that several potential BAFTA contenders either have just been released or are 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 result, 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.”

SAG Awards: Hilary Swank beats Annette Bening

Feb. 6 update: There were few surprises at the 2005 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 5.

BAFTA snubee Hilary Swank was chosen Best Actress for her determined and steadfastly loyal boxer in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, beating out Annette Bening's larger-than-life stage actress in István Szabó's Being Julia and Imelda Staunton's sweet abortionist in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake.

Cate Blanchett took home the Best Supporting Actress statuette for her showy Katharine Hepburn caricature in Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator.

Another awards season fave, Jamie Foxx was named Best Actor for his portrayal of U.S. singer Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford's commercially successful Charles biopic Ray.

Alexander Payne's wine-imbibing road movie Sideways, toplining Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, and Sandra Oh – a favorite among U.S. critics – won the Best Cast award.

Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood Hilary Swank: SAG Awards thespian black hole?Million Dollar Baby with Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank. Totally bypassed by the BAFTA Awards, Clint Eastwood's sentimental surrogate father-daughter/boxing drama Million Dollar Baby won two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards: Best Actress for Hilary Swank and, more surprisingly, Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman. Left unnominated, it almost looks like Eastwood dragged down his fellow two performers; notwithstanding its two individual SAG wins, Million Dollar Baby failed to top the Best Cast category. Instead, SAG Award voters selected Alexander Payne's dramatic comedy Sideways, which, curiously, had no individual wins.

Morgan Freeman surprise & 'godawful' Clint Eastwood + veteran James Garner

The only surprise of the evening was the choice of Morgan Freeman as Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby. Thus far, Thomas Haden Church has won most awards in that category for his performance as Sideways' dim-witted, sex-starved, egocentric actor.

Considering Hilary Swank's and Morgan Freeman's individual wins alongside Sideways' Best Cast victory, it kinda looks like some key SAG Award voters apparently felt that Clint Eastwood, bypassed in the Best Actor category, was so godawful as Swank's Million Dollar Baby trainer/surrogate father that, like a thespian black hole, he sucked in the starlight of his two fellow players.

And finally, film and television star James Garner (Murphy's Romance, The Rockford Files), also shortlisted in the Best Supporting Actor (Film) category for Nick Cassavetes' The Notebook, was the Screen Actors Guild's 2005 Life Achievement Award recipient.

See below the list of this year's SAG Award winners and nominees, in addition to the Producers Guild of America and Online Film Critics Society winners and nominees, and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle winners.

See also: “Goya Awards: Euthanasia Drama Is Big Winner + Gianni Amelio Father-Son Tale Tops Italian Critics Awards” & “Sundance Winners: Forty Shades of Blue & Anti-War Documentary + Amy Adams & Lou Taylor Pucci.”

SAG Awards: Winners & nominations


Male Actor in a Leading Role
Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda.
Johnny DeppFinding Neverland.
Leonardo DiCaprioThe Aviator.
* Jamie Foxx, Ray.
Paul Giamatti, Sideways.

Female Actor in a Leading Role
Annette Bening, Being Julia.
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace.
Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake.
* Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby.
Kate WinsletEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways.
Jamie Foxx, Collateral.
* Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby.
James Garner, The Notebook.
Freddie HighmoreFinding Neverland.

Female Actor in a Supporting Role
* Cate Blanchett, The Aviator.
Cloris LeachmanSpanglish.
Laura LinneyKinsey.
Virginia Madsen, Sideways.
Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda.

Ensemble Cast
The Aviator.
Finding Neverland.
Hotel Rwanda.
Million Dollar Baby.
* Sideways.



Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Jamie Foxx, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.
William H. Macy, The Wool Cap.
Barry Pepper, 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story.
* Geoffrey RushThe Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Jon VoightMitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
* Glenn CloseThe Lion in Winter.
Patricia Heaton, Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl.
Keke Palmer, The Wool Cap.
Hilary Swank, Iron Jawed Angels.
Charlize Theron, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Male Actor in a Drama Series
Hank Azaria, Huff.
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos.
Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace.
* Jerry Orbach, Law & Order.
Kiefer Sutherland, 24.

Female Actor in a Drama Series
Drea De Matteo, The Sopranos.
Edie Falco, The Sopranos.
* Jennifer Garner, Alias.
Allison Janney, The West Wing.
Christine Lahti, Jack & Bobby.

Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Jason BatemanArrested Development.
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace.
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond.
* Tony Shalhoub, Monk.
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men.

Female Actor in a Comedy Series
* Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives.
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond.
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace.
Sarah Jessica ParkerSex and the City.
Doris RobertsEverybody Loves Raymond.

Ensemble in a Drama Series
* CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Six Feet Under.
The Sopranos.
The West Wing.

Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Arrested Development.
* Desperate Housewives.
Everybody Loves Raymond.
Sex and the City.
Will & Grace.

Life Achievement Award: James Garner.


Vancouver Film Critics winners

Best Film: Sideways.

Best Foreign Language Film: A Very Long Engagement (France).

Best Canadian Film: Childstar.

Best Documentary: Fahrenheit 9/11.

Best Director: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby.

Best Canadian Director: Don McKellar, Childstar.

Best Actress: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake.

Best Canadian Actress: Joely Collins, The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess.

Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways.

Best Canadian Supporting Actress: Rebecca Jenkins, Wilby Wonderful.

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray.

Best Canadian Actor: Don McKellar, Childstar.

Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby.

Best Canadian Supporting Actor: Dave Foley, Childstar.


Producers Guild of America's Golden Laurel Awards: Winners & nominations

Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year
* The Aviator.
Finding Neverland.
The Incredibles.
Million Dollar Baby.

David L. Wolper Producer of the Year - Longform Television
* Angels in America.
Horatio Hornblower.
Ike: Countdown to D-Day.
The Lion in Winter.
Something the Lord Made.

Norman Felton Producer of the Year - Episodic Drama Television
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Six Feet Under.
* The Sopranos.
The West Wing.

Danny Thomas Producer of the Year - Episodic Comedy Television
Arrested Development.
* Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Sex and the City.
Will & Grace.

Producer of the Year Award - Non-Fiction Television
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Inside the Actors Studio.
* The Amazing Race 5.
The Apprentice.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

Producer of the Year Award - Variety Television
Chapelle Show.
Saturday Night Live.
* The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The Late Show with David Letterman.
The 76th Annual Academy Awards.

David O. Selznick Achievement Award: Laura Ziskin.

David Susskind Achievement Award: John Wells.

Milestone Award: Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Vanguard Award: Terry Semel.

Stanley Kramer Award: Hotel RwandaInnocent Voices.


Online Film Critics Awards: Winners & nominations

Best Film
Before Sunset.
* Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Garden State.
The Incredibles.

Best Foreign Language Film
* Hero.
House of Flying Daggers.
Maria Full of Grace.
The Motorcycle Diaries.
A Very Long Engagement.

Best Documentary
Control Room.
* Fahrenheit 9/11.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.
Super Size Me.
Touching the Void.

Best Director
Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby.
* Michel Gondry - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Alexander Payne - Sideways.
Martin Scorsese - The Aviator.
Zhang Yimou - Hero.

Best Actress
Julie Delpy - Before Sunset.
Imelda Staunton - Vera Drake.
Hilary Swank - Million Dollar Baby.
Uma Thurman - Kill Bill, Vol. 2.
* Kate Winslet - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Actor
Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Don Cheadle - Hotel Rwanda.
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator.
Jamie Foxx - Ray.
* Paul Giamatti - Sideways.

Best Supporting Actor
David Carradine - Kill Bill, Vol. 2.
* Thomas Haden Church - Sideways.
Jamie Foxx - Collateral.
Clive Owen - Closer.
Peter Sarsgaard - Kinsey.

Best Supporting Actress
* Cate Blanchett - The Aviator.
Laura Linney - Kinsey.
Virginia Madsen - Sideways.
Natalie Portman - Closer.
Sharon Warren - Ray.

Best Original Screenplay
* Charlie Kaufman - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Zach Braff - Garden State.
Brad Bird - The Incredibles.
Quentin Tarantino - Kill Bill, Vol. 2.
Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright - Shaun of the Dead.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke - Before Sunset.
Patrick Marber - Closer.
Paul Haggis - Million Dollar Baby.
José Rivera - The Motorcycle Diaries.
* Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor - Sideways.

Best Animated Feature
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.
* The Incredibles.
The Polar Express.
Shrek 2.
Team America: World Police.

Best Cinematography
Robert Richardson - The Aviator.
Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron - Collateral.
Ellen Kuras - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
* Christopher Doyle - Hero.
Zhao Xiaoding - House of Flying Daggers.

Best Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker - The Aviator.
* Valdís Óskarsdóttir - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Angie Lam, Vincent Lee, Zhai Ru - Hero.
Long Cheng - House of Flying Daggers.
Sally Menke - Kill Bill, Vol. 2.

Best Original Score
Howard Shore - The Aviator.
Alexandre Desplat - Birth.
Jon Brion - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Tan Dun - Hero.
* Michael Giacchino - The Incredibles.

Best Breakthrough Filmmaker
* Zach Braff - Garden State.
Kerry Conran - Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
Jared Hess - Napoleon Dynamite.
Joshua Marston - Maria Full of Grace.
Edgar Wright - Shaun of the Dead.

Best Breakthrough Performance
Zach Braff - Garden State.
Bryce Dallas Howard - The Village.
Jon Heder - Napoleon Dynamite.
* Catalina Sandino Moreno - Maria Full of Grace.
Emmy Rossum - The Phantom of the Opera.


BAFTA website.

SAG Awards website.

Audrey Tautou A Very Long Engagement image: Warner Independent Pictures.

Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby image: Warner Bros.

“BAFTA Nominations' Casualties + Thespian Black Hole Clint Eastwood?” last updated in July 2018.

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