Meryl Streep Says Her BAFTA Nomination Is for Everyone on 'The Iron Lady'
UPDATED: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" producer Tim Bevan hails British flavor of BAFTA's nomination list as a recognition of U.K. filmmaking culture.
LONDON -- Meryl Streep, fresh from her Golden Globe success for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, said she was thrilled with her BAFTA film award nomination.
"Thrilling thrilling news! Not just for me, but for the film of which I am very proud, and for the hundreds of people who worked on it! Thanks, from a (New) Jersey girl...,” Streep said.
Jim Broadbent, nominated in the supporting actor category for his portrayal of Denis Thatcher opposite Streep, gave a very British reaction.
Said Broadbent: "Really exciting news. I couldn't be more excited that a film that was such fun to make, is getting this recognition. It's fantastic for all of us and I can’t wait for the party!"
This year's BAFTA nominations certainly carried a heavily European accent with its list of nominations dominated by The Artist, directed by France's Michel Hazanavicius with a dozen nominations, closely followed by Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s English-language spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy clutching a folio of 11 slots.
While Hazanavicius and his team are still partying after his film scooped a trio of Golden Globes, news of Tinker Tailor's success was greeted with delight by producer Tim Bevan.
"I always say in awards season that the nominations are everything because who knows what happens next," Bevan told The Hollywood Reporter.
Bevan said he likes it when the BAFTA nominations reflect British culture and don’t simply try and ape U.S. taste.
“I love it on occasions like this when our culture comes through and the films are supported with nominations that are truly British movies,” Bevan said.
He expressed mild surprise that Gary Oldman’s turn and Alfredson’s "forensic attention to detail" in directing Tinker Tailor had not garnered as much traction during the U.S. awards’ season to date.
“The film is a real part of British culture and for us to have made a good version of a truly British work, it is great to get that recognition with the BAFTA nominations," Bevan said.
Bevan and Working Title are also celebrating the fact that the first documentary the production house has made, Senna, has secured three nominations for best documentary, outstanding British film and editing.
"Senna is the sort of film made with absolute passion and [director] Asif Kapadia has brought a forensic editorial approach to detail which works," Bevan said.
The documentary, detailing the life, loves and career of motor racing legend Ayrton Senna, finds itself up against a documentary about a legend in an entirely different field.
Also nominated is George Harrison: Living in the Material World, the film of the former-Beatle’s life and work.
Directed by Martin Scorsese, and co-produced by the former Beatle's wife Olivia Harrison, the movie doc has been generated positive notices on both sides of the pond.
Harrison, speaking to THR from Los Angeles, said the nomination and recognition for what she described as a passion project, made her feel humbled.
Harrision also said much of the recognition should be given over to the patience and skill of Scorsese and the formidable documentary team.
“Marty [Scorsese] really guided me through this incredible process,” Harrision said. “Working with him really took the sting out of going through all the archive material in all its different formats and finding that material and thread to make the film.”
Producer Nigel Sinclair, speaking from Los Angeles just after the nominations came through, was also delighted with the recognition from BAFTA's voting membership.
"It’s been six years of work and to get nominated by BAFTA is fabulous. I was so excited to get nominated because the others nominated, Project Nim and Senna and the others on the longlist were made by such brilliant filmmakers too," Sinclair said.
"For this film to be singled out and recognized is a tribute to George [Harrison’s] stature and the work of Olivia Harrison.
“Olivia [Harrison] was the anchor for this documentary and she is a very talented producer. A lot of the singular qualities of the film was Olivia’s sourcing and work,” Sinclair said.
Sinclair is also celebrating the brace of nominations garnered by The Ides of March, for best adapted screenplay and best supporting actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Exec produced by Sinclair, whose Exclusive Media finance and sales banner put financing in and sold it internationally, Ides is still on release in the U.K. having garnered £3 million ($4.8 million) and counting to date.
“I would say that while there are many reasons for The Ides of March being a good film, the singular source of its popularity is its screenplay which is brilliant,” Sinclair said.
Elsewhere on the nomination list, the inclusion of the much-feted filmmaker Lynne Ramsay on the best director nomination list for We Need to Talk About Kevin, perhaps came as more of a surprise than Oscar winner Tilda Swinton finding her name on the leading actress nomination roster and the film securing a berth on the outstanding British film list.
Producer Luc Roeg told THR it was “particularly rewarding and satisfying” that the film, Swinton and Ramsay’s work continues to occupy minds.
Ramsay and Swinton, who have both won awards for the film which debuted in Competition during the Festival de Cannes last year, secured places in very competitive fields.
“The momentum for the film has just kept going,” Roeg said. “I thought Lynne [Ramsay] deserved her place among the best director nominations and am delighted she made it there.”
Roeg thinks the nominations from the British Academy for Kevin will keep the conversations going and will prolong the life of the film further.
The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday Feb. 12 at the Royal Opera House in London.
This is the 15th year of Orange’s sponsorship of the Film Awards.
The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One.