At this point in awards season, it’s pretty hard to surprise us. The Oscar nods are going to be announced tomorrow morning, and we’re pretty sure the top of the list will look like this: Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Life of Pi … So anyway, we could be inclined to yawn when looking at the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards (a.k.a. the BAFTAs), as the L films — Lincokn, Les Miz and Life of Pi — are in the lead. That’s why we like looking at the details, like the Outstanding British Film category, which gives Skyfall, Anna Karenina and Seven Psychopaths a chance to shine. There’s also the Rising Star award, nominated by a panel but voted on by the public. This year Elizabeth Olsen, Suraj Sharma (Pi), Andrea Riseborough (W.E.), Juno Temple (Dark Knight Rises) and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) are the contenders. The BAFTAs will take place on February 10. Here are all the nominees:
ARGO – Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
LES MISÉRABLES – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
LIFE OF PI – Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
LINCOLN – Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
ZERO DARK THIRTY – Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison
So, The Artist, a movie with by a French director, with French stars, that takes place in Hollywood, is so completely dominating awards season that it’s earned 12 nods for the British kudosfest the BAFTAs. It’s already won three Golden Globes and four Critics’ Choice awards. And it’s nominated for all the other big pre-Oscar awards: NBR, PGA, DGA, SAG and Independent Spirit. But we worry that all this lofty buzz (not to mention the attention it garnered during Cannes) is actually doing the opposite of drawing certain people to the theaters. A critically acclaimed, bound-to-be-Oscar-nominated black-and-white silent movie by a foreign dude? “No thanks,” some of you are saying. But I am here to say you are wrong. Here’s why you should see it:
1. Uggie as “The Dog.” If you saw the Jack Russell terrier hamming it up onstage at the Globes, you got a tiny taste of his scene-stealing antics. Also, Robert Pattinson fans should recognized this talented pooch as Queenie from Water for Elephants. He’s not just a pretty face, either — his heroic feats rival Lassie’s in the pic, and he may have made us cry once or twice. There’s even a campaign for him to get an Oscar.
They came, they saw and they totally didn’t conk. Prince William and Duchess Kate were in L.A for the weekend and amidst their whirl of activities they attended the BAFTA ‘Brits to Watch’ Awards at the Belasco Theatre. Did the Duchess shut it down? Yes, she did. Kate wore an Alexander McQueen gown and Jimmy Choo sandals and clutch and bowled everyone over. Including the celebrities! The royal couple were seen chatting animatedly with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Garner! And each and everyone of them looked completely star struck. Also hilariously, we spotted Nigel Lythgoe lurking behind Prince William as he chatted with Nicole Kidman. Have a look and see if you can spot him in our gallery below!
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What’s this? More photos of Robsten trying hard not to be seen together?! Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may have walked the BAFTAs red carpet alone and sat separately at the awards show last night, but the pair quickly left the after party together in a sports car, which leads us to ask: what is the f*cking point, guys?! Just come out as a couple already!
KStew and RPattz both looked incredibly awkward on the red carpet – she slouched and moped in a Chanel dress, while Rob wandered around aimlessly with his stringy hair in his face. Had they arrived together, he could have reminded her to stand up straight, while she could have pushed that mess out of his eyes. The could have even tenderly embraced (with tongues, please) when she snagged the Orange Rising Star Award.
But instead the pair had to wallow in their weirdness alone, which is particularly depressing when you’re 19 and still haven’t figured out how to stand in a dress. Oh well. At least we know they probably made up for the separation when they got back to their hotel room. [Cue fangirl squeal!]
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We thought words had failed us many times before. We’ve seen countless celebrity fashion disasters litter the red carpets like confetti. But never before has the total wrongness of an outfit in every single way stunned us quite like this monstrosity. Worn by Z-list actress Elize du Toit (who was in British teen soap Hollyoaks about a thousand years ago) at the BAFTAs, the dress (if that’s what it’s called) horrifies on so many levels. The aluminum foil material! The enormous ruffly “flower” on the shoulder! The one-armed, puffy-skirted design! The matching hair accessory! And let’s not even get into poor Elize’s hair-don’t. Let’s just hope this was a hilarious joke on her behalf. Or that someone is going to sit her very calmly down in front of photos of Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman until she understands what red carpet style is all about. [Photo: WireImage]
British model/sex tape star Abi Titmuss told The Sun that Mickey Rourke tried to hook up with her after winning a BAFTA award last Sunday. Maybe her dress (was it a tit nipply in London that night?) got him thinking about that flasher in France.
I think he was surprised I wasn’t just a typical glamor girl with big boobs and no brain….The last thing I said to him was, ‘No, I won’t be sleeping with you tonight, Mickey.’
Why not? Was it something he said? Wore? Smelled like? Mickey undoubtedly found someone else to celebrate his win with, but we sympathize with any lingering disappointment he might feel. This is a woman who said “I love sex. I’ve always been really good with my tongue and it’s very long,” after all. Sounds like his kind of lady. Hell, anyone’s.
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While most of America was preoccupied with the Grammys (and the two pop stars that were a no show), the Brits were toasting the year’s best movies at the BAFTAs, the UK equivalent to the Oscars. Kate Winslet predictably took home the prize for Leading Actress, and Mickey Rourke and Slumdog Millionaire also raked in the awards.
But the real winner of the night was the red carpet, which was home to fabulous fashion choices – which is more than we can say for the gross garb at the Grammys. We’ve got all the hits (and a couple misses – we’re looking at you Goldie) in our gallery below. [Photos: GettyImages]
Is Sharon Stone taking a leaf out of Michael Phelps‘ book? Of course, we not seriously suggesting she took a healthy toke before striding out on stage at this year’s BAFTAs but WTF was going on? Gazing somewhere approximately six feet above the camera, speaking ve-eee-r-y slowly as if us Brits wouldn’t be able to understand her and putting emphasis on the oddest words, meant her appearance was 40 seconds of cringe-fest of the highest order.
Well, this is the woman who did allegedly want to Botox her own son’s feet … [Photo: Getty Images]
We speculated last week whether Angelina Jolie had turned into a fembot, and after watching her and Brad Pitt‘s series of non-reactions at last night’s BAFTAs, we’re seriously worried that it might be true. Either this pair had just had a row before coming in or they’re really lacking any sense of humor. Starring glassy-eyed throughout the whole proceedings and failing to raise even a perfunctory smile at host Jonathan Ross’s (admittedly lame) gags, we were seriously spooked by the robot-like twosome.
Maybe it was because Angelina knew her film Changeling didn’t stand a chance of winning any awards. Or because Benjamin Button was also a bit of a film-filler that night. Or because Angie realized trying to tart up her normal monochrome fashion palette with a dash of canary yellow handkerchief was ill-advised. Or because they’re not actually real people but are genetically-created stunning superstar androids! Yes, that must be it. [Photo: Getty Images]
As predicted, it was all about Slumdog Millionaire at last night’s BAFTA awards. The British/Indian movie picked up seven awards, including the essential Best Sound gong. We jest of course — Best Film and Best Director were among its booty haul. Overall, the night was slick and glam and just this side of deeply uncontroversial. Thank heavens then, for Mickey Rourke, who on winning his Best Actor award for The Wrestler turned in a funny and foul-mouthed acceptance speech.
“I f****** up my career for 15 years … I’d like to thank my publicist for having the hardest job in showbusiness, telling me where to go, what to do, when to do it, what to eat, how to dress, what to f***,” he growled, going on to lech at co-star Marisa Tomei, saying, “It was very brave of her to take her clothes off all the time and I enjoyed looking at her.”
Kate Winslet won Best Actress for The Reader and managed to “gather” herself by almost hyperventilating in her efforts not to cry. Bravo! After the jump, the full list of winners on the night. [Photos: Getty Images]