THE POPCORN REEL AWARDS SEASON
2008 THE BAFTA AWARDS
On A Night Full of Surprises, "Atonement" wins Best Film at the British Academy
Omar P.L. Moore/The
February 11, 2008
On an unpredictable night last night at Covent Garden's Royal Opera Hall in
Central London, "Atonement" came away with the British Academy Film Awards'
biggest prize. With 14 nominations to its name and just one win before the
night's penultimate award, the film's director Joe Wright can't have been happy.
After the announcement by Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum of the film however,
all of the frustration melted away. "I remember standing here having
grumbled after accepting . . . for 'Pride & Prejudice' a few years ago, but I
don't have any complaints now," said Mr. Wright as he happily spoke when invited
to do so by the producers of "Atonement", an all-British production.
Anthony Hopkins was given a lifetime Academy Fellowship award for his excellence
in acting and he saluted Sir Richard Attenborough, who presented the award to
him. "All I can say is that my life in this acting game has just been . .
. a surprise -- I'm surprised that I'm still here," said Mr. Hopkins, who at age
70 has a resume of film roles since 1967.
In the best actress category, Marion Cotillard received warm and rapturous
applause as she was announced as the recipient for her work as legendary French
singer Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose". Ms. Cotillard was so astonished by
the announcement that she could hardly speak. "Thank you so much for
giving this to me. It has been the most incredible adventure," she said.
"I enjoyed every single second of this incredible adventure . . . thank you so
much. I love you for giving this to me," Ms. Cotillard beamed. Julie
Christie was expected to win for her portrayal of a spouse with Alzheimer's in
"Away From Her". The British actress is still the favorite for the Oscars
in two weeks' time, but Ms. Cotillard's win arguably gave the young French
Speaking of momentum, Daniel Day-Lewis easily won in the Best Actor category for
his role as Daniel Plainview in "There Will Be Blood". In his typically
humble and self-deflecting way he spent his moment on stage talking about
Cotillard. "Never mind all the other qualities of her astonishing
performance, for sheer balls alone Marion Cotillard deserves this one as well,"
said Mr. Day-Lewis, holding up his BAFTA award. In an amusing speech he
talked about playing with mates in his schoolyard days in London and added that
on Paul Thomas Anderson's film he got to play with Paul Dano (who plays Eli
Sunday in "Blood".) Mr. Day-Lewis dedicated the award to Mr. Anderson, Mr.
Dano and the rest of the cast of the film.
On the supporting side, Javier Bardem unexpectedly won for "No Country For Old
Men", even though he is an odds-on favorite to win stateside. Mr. Bardem
looked surprised as he heard his name, and saluted Britain and its industry of
great performers over the years. Mr. Bardem plays Anton Chigurh, a
bad-to-the marrow bone man whose killing ways spares no blushes in the search
for his pilfered drug money. Scotland's Tilda Swinton was a surprise
winner and the look on her face was priceless as she was announced as best
supporting actress for her role as corporate attorney Karen Crowder in "Michael
Clayton". Wearing an extravagant dark mustard yellow boxy dress with black
feathers and frills -- the kind of dress that could scorch retinas -- Ms.
Swinton engages in a bit of self-mockery: "If I had known I was going to win I
wouldn't have worn this skirt," adding in jest that "George Clooney was a
bastard to work with." Mr. Clooney and Ms. Swinton are both up for Oscars
in two weeks; Clooney for the title role, in "Michael Clayton".
Joel Coen accepted the Best Director award for "No Country For Old Men" on
behalf of his brother Ethan, with Diablo Cody surprised that she won best
original screenplay award for "Juno". Ronald Harwood won for best adapted
screenplay of Jean-Dominque Bauby's memoir "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly".
Best British Film -- "This Is England"
Best Film Not In The English Language -- "The Lives of Others" ("Das Leben Der
Orange Rising Star Award (public vote) -- Shia LaBeouf
Outstanding Contribution to and Achievement in British Cinema -- Barry Wilkinson
Best Animated Film -- "Ratatouille"
Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement in Writing -- Matt Greenhalgh,
Best Music -- Christopher Gunning, "La Vie En Rose"
Best Cinematography -- Roger Deakins, "No Country For Old Men"
Best Editing -- Christopher Rouse, "The Bourne Ultimatum"
Best Production Design -- Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, "Atonement"
Best Costume Design -- Marit Allen, "La Vie En Rose"
Best Sound -- Kirk Francis, Scott Millan, David Parker, Karen Baker Landers, Per
Hallberg, "The Bourne Ultimatum"
Best Special Visual Effects -- Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris,
Trevor Wood, "The Golden Compass"
Best Make-Up and Hair -- Jan Archibald, Didier Lavergne, "La Vie En Rose"
Best Short Animation -- "The Pearce Sisters", Jo Allen and Luis Cook
Best Short Film -- "Dog Altogether", Diarmid Scrimshaw, Paddy Considine
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