Ladies and gentlemen, we're making our final descent towards naming a Best Picture of 2011.
With the Golden Globes behind us and Academy Award nominations hitting next week (with the show arriving at the tail end of February), the limbo week between them is reserved for the coveted BAFTAs, the UK equivalent of the Oscars. After picking up a few statues at the Globes, feel good favorite of the year The Artist leads the pack in the BAFTA nods with a whopping 12 nominations. Behind the silent comedy are the British spy drama Tinker Tailor Solider Spy with 11 noms and Hugo with 9. Can the BAFTAs give a much-needed boost to the latter two films? Only time will tell…The BAFTAs announce their winners February 12.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Outstanding British Film
My Week With Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need To Talk About Kevin
Outstanding Debut by a Writer, Director or Producer
Attack The Block - Joe Cornish (Director/Writer)
Black Pond - Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)
Coriolanus - Ralph Fiennes (Director)
Submarine - Richard Ayoade (Director/Writer)
Tyrannosaur - Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)
Film Not in the English Language
The Skin I Live In
George Harrison: Living In The Material World
The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Tomas Alfredson - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Lynne Ramsay - We Need To Talk About Kevin
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig - Bridesmaids
John Michael McDonagh - The Guard
Abi Morgan - The Iron Lady
Woody Allen - Midnight In Paris
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash - The Descendants
Tate Taylor - The Help
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon - The Ides Of March
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin - Moneyball
Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
George Clooney - The Descendants
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Michael Fassbender - Shame
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis - The Help
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Jim Broadbent - The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Ides of March
Carey Mulligan - Drive
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Judi Dench - My Week with Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer - The Help
The Artist - Ludovic Bource
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Hugo - Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Alberto Iglesias
War Horse - John Williams
The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo - Robert Richardson
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Hoyte van Hoytema
War Horse - Janusz Kaminski
The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius
Drive - Mat Newman
Hugo - Thelma Schoonmaker
Senna - Gregers Sall, Chris King
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Dino Jonsater
The Artist - Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
Hugo - Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
War Horse - Rick Carter, Lee Sandales
The Artist - Mark Bridges
Hugo - Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre - Michael O'Connor
My Week With Marilyn - Jill Taylor
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Jacqueline Durran
Make Up & Hair
The Artist - Julie Hewett, Cydney Cornell
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
Hugo - Morag Ross, Jan Archibald
The Iron Lady - Marese Langan
My Week With Marilyn - Jenny Shircore
The Artist - Nadine Muse, Gérard Lamps, Michael Krikorian
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker, Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivener
Hugo - Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - John Casali, Howard Bargroff, Doug Cooper, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley
War Horse - Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymns
Special Visual Effects
The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn - Joe Letteri
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler, David Vickery
Hugo - Rob Legato, Ben Grossman, Joss Williams
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes - Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White
War Horse - Ben Morris, Neil Corbould
The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award
The Oscar winner beamed with pride as she watched Amurri exchange vows with retired Major League Soccer player Kyle Martino in Charleston, South Carolina.
And despite famously declaring that she "no longer believed in marriage" after her divorce from Chris Sarandon in 1978, the Thelma & Louise star admires her daughter for her conviction.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I was very moved by the strength of Eva's commitment and her certainty. The lead-up to this moment was effortless because it was so obviously right.
"She was the most beautiful woman I've ever seen, full of love, generosity and strength."
The Thelma & Louise star travelled to Capitol Hill to promote the legislation, which would promote gender equality and hand out grants for youth empowerment groups.
A statement from Davis, obtained by Reuters, reads: "What children see affects their attitudes toward male and female roles and impacts the value they place on girls and women in society. The Healthy Media for Youth Act will help ensure we are creating a positive media environment for all our children."
Davis has also called for the launch of a National Taskforce on Women and Girls in the Media, which would address body image issues for youngsters and improve images of female stars in the film industry.
She adds, "When there is a woman working as a writer or producer in a film, there is a greater chance that the film will include more positive images of women and girls."
The Thelma & Louise star took on hosting duties for the Hope North Ping-Pong Ball at her Spin table tennis club in New York, introducing performances from artists including Wainwright, his sister Martha, rocker Jesse Malin, and singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.
The event also included an auction featuring tickets to a U2 concert and a cameo role in U.S. TV show Weeds.
Sarandon told guests, "Not only do I hope you have a lot of fun... but I can also vouch that everything you are giving is going in the right place."
The charity evening raised funds for Hope North, a boarding school for orphans, refugees, and former child soldiers in Uganda.
The Thelma & Louise star has been a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador since 1999, and she is a keen advocate for victims of hunger and HIV/AIDS, as well as children suffering poverty.
She has been on a number of trips as a representative for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), including visits to Tanzania and India, and she's keen for her film student son Jack, 21, to join her on one of her journeys in the future.
Sarandon tells Parade magazine, "I'm hoping that my eldest son will join me. He has expressed an interest in taking a trip with me and possibly filming. One of the things that's always been the hardest is how lonely you are when you're there and you're so emotionally involved, so to be able to have one of my kids with me, I think would be great for me and probably very educational for him.
"It's been really eye-opening. The reason that they send celebrities into these places is so that you can come back and speak in the first person about what you've seen.
"Besides that obvious reason, it's just such an education for me to really get to be in people's homes or huts and to talk to people and be able to ask questions and understand something on a personal level as opposed to just reading about it. I'm very, very grateful for the opportunities that I've had."
The actresses both scored Academy Award nominations for their roles in the 1991 movie, which tells the story of two women who hit the road to escape their troubled lives.
Davis and Sarandon will return to their characters for a special spread for Vanity Fair magazine to celebrate two decades since the film hit cinemas, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The pair was reportedly flown out to Florida for the shoot at a mansion in Miami. The issue will be published next year (11).
The Susan Sarandon Picture Show will kick off on 10 February (11) and include screenings of Dead Man Walking, Thelma and Louise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pretty Baby.
The actress herself is expected to make an appearance for a special question and answer session, while former colleagues such as directors Paul Schrader and John Turturro will also be in attendance, reports the New York Times.
Sinatra was dogged by rumours he had contacts with organised crime gangs throughout his career, leading officials at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation to keep records of his alleged involvement on file.
But Ol' Blue Eyes was careful not to have any connection to mobsters in the movies - and the ban forced Scorsese to use punk rocker Sid Vicious' version of My Way over the end credits of his 1990 Mafia epic.
The film-maker's longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker tells Britain's Empire magazine, "We wanted Frank Sinatra (My Way) but he wouldn't let us use it, so it's Sid Vicious.
"Sinatra would never let Marty use his music, which is too bad because Marty may do the ultimate biopic of him. Why didn't he let us? Because he didn't want to be associated with the Mafia. Which, of course, he was!"
The Thelma & Louise actress has long campaigned for women's rights and launched the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2007 to help increase the presence of female characters onscreen.
She visited her alma mater, Boston University in Massachusetts, on Tuesday night (30Nov10) to talk to students about the film industry and she used the opportunity to accuse Hollywood bosses of harbouring massive inequalities between the sexes.
Davis tells the Boston Herald, "The number of women in movies has been the same since 1946. As many times as we thought there was progress, first with The First Wives Club, then A League of Their Own, it never gets better... Hollywood seems to devoutly believe women will watch movies featuring men, but men won't watch movies about women. Any film about a woman who is successful is seen as an aberration.
"As far as kids' TV shows, the ratio of males to females is two to one. It's three to one in movies. That's because the TV audience has shown that they are very happy and welcoming of important female characters."
The Thelma & Louise actress has thrilled cinema-goers with a string of dark, gritty parts including a prison-visiting nun in Dead Man Walking and the mother of a seriously-ill child in Lorenzo's Oil.
But she refuses to let the bleak subject matter get her down - she's earned a reputation for keeping spirits up among the cast and crew during filming.
Sarandon tells Britain's Stella magazine, "The more depressing it is the more fun I am to work with, because I can't bear the idea of not having a good time, so Lorenzo's Oil was a laugh riot. I think you need to have a respite and anything that is really extreme becomes funny."