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With one of the likely major contenders for top BAFTA honours, Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby) opening too late in the UK (Jan 14) for the 2004 season awards, Martin Scorsese has probably his best chance at a major BAFTA award with The Aviator, and Cate Blanchett has a second chance, reports Andrew L. Urban.

The British do see the world differently to the Yanks, and that is as it should be; in the second major awards splurge of the year, the BAFTAs, their home grown 50s abortionist drama, Vera Drake figures in both the top categories, while in the Golden Globes, it rated a mention only in respect of Imelda Staunton’s staunch performance. The winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, Vera Drake may well be a European taste... but it’s Martin Scorsese who stands to gain most (his second BAFTA after Goodfellas [1991]) from the timing of the release of Clint Eastwood’s outstanding new film, Million Dollar Baby.

This doesn’t explain the absence of Ray from the Best Film nominations list: maybe that’s why the Golden Globes have six slots instead of just five...

If British sang-froid can be heated up a bit, The Aviator will also take home the Best Film award, with Vera Drake winning Mike Leigh his second BAFTA (after Secrets & Lies, 1996). And unless BAFTA members prevaricate too much and let Kate Winslet split the vote, Staunton will go home one BAFTA richer.

But nowhere is the heat of competition hotter than in the Supporting Actress category, which Cate Blanchett should have won at the Golden Globes. Maybe this time…

Best Film
The Aviator (2004) 
Diarios de motocicleta (2004) 
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 
Finding Neverland (2004) 
Vera Drake (2004) 

Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year 
Dead Man's Shoes (2004) 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) 
My Summer of Love (2004) 
Shaun of the Dead (2004) 
Vera Drake (2004) 

Best Actor
Gael García Bernal for Diarios de motocicleta (2004) 
Jim Carrey for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 
Johnny Depp for Finding Neverland (2004) 
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Aviator (2004) 
Jamie Foxx for Ray (2004/I) 

Best Actress
Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake (2004) 
Charlize Theron for Monster (2003) 
Kate Winslet for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 
Kate Winslet for Finding Neverland (2004) 
Ziyi Zhang for Shi mian mai fu (2004) 

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Alda for The Aviator (2004) 
Philip Davis for Vera Drake (2004) 
Rodrigo De la Serna for Diarios de motocicleta (2004) 
Jamie Foxx for Collateral (2004) 
Clive Owen for Closer (2004/I) 

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett for The Aviator (2004) 
Julie Christie for Finding Neverland (2004) 
Heather Craney for Vera Drake (2004) 
Natalie Portman for Closer (2004/I) 
Meryl Streep for The Manchurian Candidate (2004) 

David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction 
Marc Forster for Finding Neverland (2004) 
Michel Gondry for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 
Mike Leigh for Vera Drake (2004) 
Michael Mann for Collateral (2004) 
Martin Scorsese for The Aviator (2004) 

Best Screenplay (Original)
The Aviator (2004) - John Logan 
Collateral (2004) - Stuart Beattie 
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Charlie Kaufman 
Ray (2004/I) - James L. White 
Vera Drake (2004) - Mike Leigh 

Best Screenplay (Adapted)
Choristes, Les (2004) - Christophe Barratier, Philippe Lopes-Curval 
Closer (2004/I) - Patrick Marber 
Diarios de motocicleta (2004) - Jose Rivera 
Finding Neverland (2004) - David Magee 
Sideways (2004) - Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor 

Best Cinematography
The Aviator (2004) - Robert Richardson 
Collateral (2004) - Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron 
Diarios de motocicleta (2004) - Eric Gautier 
Finding Neverland (2004) - Roberto Schaefer 
Shi mian mai fu (2004) - Xiaoding Zhao 

Best Editing
The Aviator (2004) - Thelma Schoonmaker 
Collateral (2004) - Jim Miller, Paul Rubell 
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Valdís Óskarsdóttir 
Shi mian mai fu (2004) - Long Cheng 
Vera Drake (2004) - Jim Clark 

Best Production Design
The Aviator (2004) - Dante Ferretti 
Finding Neverland (2004) - Gemma Jackson 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - Stuart Craig 
Shi mian mai fu (2004) - Tingxiao Huo 
Vera Drake (2004) - Eve Stewart 

Best Costume Design
The Aviator (2004) - Sandy Powell 
Finding Neverland (2004) - Alexandra Byrne 
The Merchant of Venice (2004) - Sammy Sheldon 
Shi mian mai fu (2004) - Emi Wada 
Vera Drake (2004) - Jacqueline Durran 

Best Make Up/Hair 
The Aviator (2004) - Morag Ross, Kathryn Blondell 
Finding Neverland (2004) - Christine Blundell 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - Amanda Knight, Eithne Fennel, Nick Dudman 
Shi mian mai fu (2004) - Kwan Lee-Na , Yang Xiaohai, Siu-Mui Chau 
Vera Drake (2004) - Christine Blundell 

Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music 
The Aviator (2004) - Howard Shore 
Choristes, Les (2004) - Bruno Coulais 
Diarios de motocicleta (2004) - Gustavo Santaolalla 
Finding Neverland (2004) - Jan A.P. Kaczmarek 
Ray (2004/I) - Craig Armstrong 

Best Sound
The Aviator (2004) 
Collateral (2004) 
Ray (2004/I) 
Shi mian mai fu (2004) 
Spider-Man 2 (2004) 

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects 

The Aviator (2004) 
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) 
Shi mian mai fu (2004) 
Spider-Man 2 (2004) 

Best Film not in the English Language 
Choristes, Les (2004) 
Diarios de motocicleta (2004) 
Un long dimanche de fiançailles (2004) 
Mala educación, La (2004) 
Shi mian mai fu (2004) 

Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer
Amma Asante for A Way of Life (2004) (director/writer) 
Shona Auerbach for Dear Frankie (2004) (director) 
Andrea Gibb for AfterLife (2003) (writer) 
Nira Park for Shaun of the Dead (2004) (producer) 
Matthew Vaughn for Layer Cake (2004) (director) 

Best Short Animation 
Birthday Boy (2004/II) 
City Paradise (2004) 
Heavy Pockets 
His Passionate Bride (2004) 
Little Things 

Best Short Film
The Banker 
Can't Stop Breathing 
Elephant Boy (2004) 
Knitting a Love Song 
Six Shooter (2005)

Published January 18, 2005

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