BAFTA unveils awards long list


LONDON -- James Cameron's "Avatar," Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" and Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" are among the pics Thursday that made the first cut for best film at this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards.

Also in contention are "District 9," "An Education," "Gran Torino," "Invictus," "Moon," "Precious," "The Road," "A Serious Man," "A Single Man," "Star Trek," "Up" and "Up in the Air."

In addition to Cameron, Bigelow and Tarantino -- all of whom received DGA nominations Thursday -- the best director long list includes Jane Campion for "Bright Star," Neill Blomkamp ("District 9"), Lone Scherfig ("An Education"), Andrea Arnold ("Fish Tank"), Clint Eastwood ("Gran Torino" and "Invictus"), Duncan Jones ( "Moon"), Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Jacques Audiard ("A Prophet"), the Coen brothers ( "A Serious Man"), Pete Docter ("Up") and Jason Reitman ( "Up in the Air).

Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the long list marks the end of the initial voting process and provides 15 names in each of the major categories -- including best film and best director -- from which the eventual winner will emerge.

Filmmaking heavyweights Michael Mann and Rob Marshall and their films -- "Public Enemies" and "Nine," respectively -- were conspicuous by their absence Also missing were Johnny Depp and Daniel Day-Lewis for their roles in the pics.

Other notable absentees from the best film and director lists include Ken Loach and his "Looking for Eric" with Eric Cantona; Kevin Macdonald and his outing "State of Play"; "Creation" by Jon Amiel; and Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones."

One BAFTA voting member told THR the names on the long list owe much to the screener copies sent out to voters. Movies such as "Nine" simply did not get in front of voter eyes.

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The acting long list includes Meryl Streep, appearing twice on the best leading actress list for her roles in "It's Complicated" and "Julie & Julia," while Helen Mirren is there for "The Last Station". And rising star Carey Mulligan is a hot favorite for her turn in "An Education."

Round 2 of voting kicks off online Thursday to shrink the 15 down to five nominations in each category.

The five noms for best foreign language movie were annunced Thursday. The winner will come from "Broken Embraces," "Coco Before Chanel," "Let the Right One In," "A Prophet" and "The White Ribbon."

The awards take place Feb. 21 at London's Royal Opera House.

A full list can be found at www.bafta.org
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