Moon and The Hurt Locker Win Big at 63rd Annual BAFTAs
While here in the US we're still eagerly anticipating this year's Academy Awards, across the Atlantic Ocean, our friends in the UK are already praising the the finest in film and television at the 63rd Annual BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). Unfortunately, we weren't able to partake in the live telecast, but we do have a complete list (below) of the winners and highlights from Britain's biggest night for cinema which saw The Hurt Locker taking home six awards (including Best Picture and Best Director for Bigelow) and Duncan Jones taking home the award for Outstanding UK Debut for his direction of Moon. Hell yes!
The Hurt Locker
Outstanding British Film:
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds
Mo'Nique - Precious
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer:
Duncan Jones - Director of Moon
Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner - Up in the Air
Film Not In The English Language:
Michael Giacchino - Up
Barry Ackroyd - The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
The Young Victoria
The Hurt Locker
Special Visual Effects:
Make Up & Hair:
The Young Victoria
Sally Arthur & Emma Lazenby - Mother Of Many
James Bolton & Martina Amati - I Do Air
The Orange Rising Star Award (Voted For By The Public):
After winning, Duncan Jones delivered one hell of a moving acceptance speech (which you can watch here) while the rest of the awards played out as expected with the exception of Colin Firth beating Jeff Bridges for Best Actor (probably because the Brits favor their own) and An Education's Carey Mulligan taking home the well-deserved Best Actress award. However, Sandra Bullock wasn't nominated because The Blind Side wasn't released in the UK in time for awards contention, so we'll never know how the Brits would've dealt with Bullock's performance (personally I think Mulligan should be beating Bullock all the way anyway).
Meanwhile, I'm continually pleased with Christoph Waltz's winning streak, as well as more accolades for Jason Reitman's Up in the Air and Pixar's Up, especially Michael Giacchino winning for Score. Don't you guys wish Duncan Jones and Moon were getting more awards love this side of the Atlantic?
Reader Feedback - 17 Comments
Saw this earlier today... made me happy. Moon has to be the biggest Oscar snub of all-time. Sure Sony hasn't gotten behind it, but that doesn't mean it couldn't have been nominated. Congrats to Jones, Waltz and Reitman!! Plus I'm glad Hurt Locker took more awards than Avaturd.
Ben on Feb 22, 2010
Overall great results. Firth definitely deserved to win and what a great speech gave! But the night belonged to Kathryn and team Hurt Locker (thank God!).
CHE on Feb 22, 2010
This preaty much puts The Hurt Locker and Avatar neck and neck for the Oscars But if either wins, Ill be happy
John on Feb 22, 2010
Moon is definitely deserving of multiple Oscar nominations. It's absence is a HUGE shame.
Kyle on Feb 22, 2010
i watched cermony on the tv,i thought it was good.i'm glad the bafta's went to the hurt locker(6)colin firth(1)carey mulligan(1)christoph waltz(1)duncan jones-the moon(1)avatar(2).i wished let the right one in got film not in an english language award,coraline should of got animated film award.avatar got the awards it deserved. gutted james,never mind you might get an oscar,who knows the hurt locker might sweep the board.
DEADPOOL,MERC WITH A MOUTH on Feb 22, 2010
No D9 come on people
jason on Feb 22, 2010
The Hurt Locker keeps on winning and winning and winning. But as soon as popularity becomes more important than quality, movies like Avatar win at Golden Globes, and who knows even Oscars. Really puts things into perspective, money is more important.
Darunia on Feb 22, 2010
Am I the only one that thinks "The Hurt Locker" is over rated. Was it good? yes. But not Best Picture good. I think Inglorious Basterds and Up In The Air were better movies, and Avatar was a better achievement. I really hope The Hurt Locker doesn't win the Oscar.
Jim on Feb 22, 2010
Avatar was a technological achievement. I agree with DEADPOOL, it got the two awards it deserved (production design and visual effects). Being British I don't think it was so much us going with our own, I think Colin Firth trounced J.Bridge anyhow; Crazy Heart was a good film, but A Single Man was incredible. Kyle your right, Moon has been snubbed BIGGGGG TIMEEEEE, and bearing in mind how much support its been getting by festivals, critics and fans, you would have thought Sony would have made a late promotional surge to redeem itself...
my name is... on Feb 22, 2010
Totally agree about Moon; it deserved much more awards love. In my eyes, it should have at least been nominated for Best Director, Best Actor (it takes so much talent for you to forget you're watching only 1 actor the entire movie) and Best Score (it's so haunting!). Still annoyed that BBC cut out all the 'technology' awards, like sound editing, score, etc.
Melinda Seckington on Feb 22, 2010
While both amazing films, Moon is far better that The Hurt Locker - There I said it.
Marc on Feb 22, 2010
If Hurt Locker was up for best film then so Moon should have been. I personally think both are a bit over rated BUT both were very strong films. And Avatar, though I enjoyed it, seriously, can't go down as a "best film". Impressive and gung ho, but breath taking eye candy does not a best film make.
Craig on Feb 22, 2010
The Hurt Locker is such a forgettable film. It's also a film that falls apart on a second viewing, because what makes it enjoyable the first time is the suspense. With that stripped away, the film is virtually empty. In any case, I always think it's funny when movies win awards that so obviously won't stand the test of time (indeed, not even ten years worth of time). It's important to remember that having a serious subject matter isn't itself an aesthetic merit. But awards shows somehow still uphold this strange idea, which not a single aesthetician takes seriously. Anyway, Hurt Locker might win, but that's really not a good thing. Ever go back and look, year after year, at the movies that were Oscar winners? How many have you seen? How many seem dated? It's a fun exercise. It really dramatizes just how blind the Oscars. But, then again, everyone on here really seems to think that drab films like The Hurt Locker or Up in the Air could become classics. If you lived in 1980 you probably would've loved Ordinary People. As far as conventional dramas go, this was a pretty crappy year. I'd say it's actually the perfect year to honor a film like Avatar, which, despite all the hate on here, will have an audience for awhile and stand out as a watershed in the more technical aspects of film making.
whatever on Feb 22, 2010
the hurt locker didn't have a story line. it's a day in life of a bomb disposal team. moon would have my vote for movie of the year,inglourious basterds second, then avatar.
josh on Feb 22, 2010
That's the thing I don't get. Why is Hurt Locker winning these things? If you don't think Avatar wins, there are several others in line before Hurt Locker. It was a very overrated movie in my opinion.
Andrew on Feb 22, 2010
Hurt Locker was a great movie! Jeremy Renner did great job in this movie!
kasual on Feb 23, 2010
The overwhelming view from those who've REALLY served on bomb squads in Iraq is that 'Hurt Locker' is ---BOGUS. Check it out for yourself online---
anonymous on Mar 6, 2010
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