BAFTA nominees – Slumdog v Button; Happy Go Lucky shut out!

source: bafta.org

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leads the nominees at this year’s BAFTA awards, followed closely by the British production Slumdog Millionaire.

Benjamin Button nabbed 11 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. Slumdog also earned 10 nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Facing off against Benjamin Button and Slumdog in the Best Film category are Frost/Nixon, Milk and The Reader.

Slumdog will take on Mamma Mia, Hunger, In Bruges and the documentary Man on Wire for Best British Film. Shockingly absent from this category is Mike Leigh‘s brilliant film Happy Go Lucky. It was nominated for Best Film – Musical or Comedy at this week’s Golden Globes, and its star Sally Hawkins picked up Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the very same ceremony. She has also been snubbed from the Best Actress race.

The Dark Knight picked up 9 nominations, including one for supporting actor Heath Ledger. However, the remaining noms were for all technical categories, following a shutout from the major awards.

It’s good to see In Bruges, Burn After Reading and The Wrestler get some extra love from the Brits, but it’s mostly business as usual amongst these nominees.

It should be noted that last year, only 3 of the Best Film nominees went on to get Oscar nominations in the same category. The same goes for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Weird, huh?

The ceremony will be held on the 8th of February, and will be hosted by Jonathan Ross.

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