BAFTAS 2009

BATD ON Jan 14, 2009 AT 12:55 pm

Eva Green at the 2008 Bafta Awards

Eva Green at the 2008 Bafta Awards

The BAFTA Awards provide Britain with the chance to shine in the film world, recognising all of the country’s most talented actors, directors, playwrights and producers alongside the giants from the U.S. Nominations don’t get announced until Thursday, but the Orange Rising Star Award and the Film Not In The English Language Award have already been disclosed. This means we can only speculate as to who’ll snap up Best Actor, Film or Director, but in the light of The Golden Globes, it shouldn’t be too hard.

Michael Cera

Michael Cera

The Rising Star chosen each year has their career kick-started by the accolade, with past winners including Indiana Jones fun-boy Shia Lebeouf in 2008, the glamorous Eva Green in 2007, and the delicious James McAvoy in 2006. The five nominated to shine in the coming year are: Michael Cera, the cute geek from Arrested Development, Juno and Superbad, Noel Clarke who not only wrote Kidulthood but wrote, directed and starred in Adulthood, Michael Fassbander from Band of Brothers and Steve McQueen’s Hunger, Rebecca Hall from Starter for Ten, The Prestige, Frost/Nixon and Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcelona, and Toby Kebbell of Alexander, Control and RocknRolla fame. The names have been announced early because it’s the only award that is voted for by the British public. Go to the website and pick your favourite, but don’t worry, we won’t tell if you choose by looks alone.

Kate Winslet at the 2007 BAFTAS

Kate Winslet at the 2007 BAFTAS

After Sunday’s performance, it seems impossible that anyone will beat Slumdog Millionaire for Best Film and Best Director, and we’ll be very sad if we don’t see Sally Hawkins get Best Actress for her lead role in Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky. There’s every chance that Kate Winslet could swoop in there after her double-whammy at the Globes, but she’d be happy with Best Supporting Actress for The Reader, surely? Playing the cruel Duke in The Duchess, we’d like to see Ralph Fiennes pick up Best Supporting Actor.

Since celebrating their 60th anniversary last year, the awards ceremony will be held at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on Sunday 8th February.  Also, if you’re an avid film buff, get yourself to ‘Backstage at the BAFTAs’ and enjoy free food and booze while watching the event live, before being treated to some on-stage interviews with the stars.

http://www.bafta.org/

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