The British Academy’s choices mirrored many of the critics recently published top 10 lists, with Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan sitting well alongside Christopher Nolan’s Inception, David Fincher’s The Social Network, sharing the majority of the awards nominations.
Elsewhere Chris Morris’s debut film Four Lions crops up only once in the longlist, for best Original Screenplay, which Morris wrote with Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, but this single nomination serves to remind us that there is no published longlist for Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Producer or Director, so there’s hope there perhaps for Morris.
Strange to see Mark Romanek’s name not listed in Best Director for Never Let Me Go, indeed the film is not up for Best Film and only Carey Mulligan is put forward for her portrayal of Kathy in Leading Actress. Yet there is a disproportionate amount of love for Alice in Wonderland, which the shortlist cull will surely make amends, but I’m hoping that films such as Made in Dagenham and The King’s Speech can hold on to make it to awards night on the 13th of February.
Here’s the longlist:
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