Movies rushed out ahead of Sun­day’s Baf­tas

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

If you’re won­der­ing why so many qual­ity movies have been go­ing on re­lease here in re­cent weeks, it’s not just be­cause most are con­tenders for Os­cars.

Last year the Bri­tish Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) in­tro­duced a rul­ing whereby films would not be el­i­gi­ble for their awards un­less they were re­leased in the UK no later than two days be­fore the prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony. In past years, some movies did not open in the UK for weeks af­ter they won at Bafta.

That’s why There Will Be Blood opens in one Lon­don cin­ema to­day, be­fore go­ing on wider re­lease next week­end and open­ing here on Fe­bru­ary 29th. It has been nom­i­nated for nine Baf­tas at this year’s cer­e­mony, which will be held in Lon­don on Sun­day night, com­pered by Jonathan Ross, and broad­cast on BBC 1 from 9pm. Among the film’s nom­i­nees are Daniel Day-Lewis and Dublin-based US sound mixer Tom John­son.

Atone­ment leads the field with 14 nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing two for Ir­ish tal­ent: Saoirse Ro­nan as best sup­port­ing ac­tress and Sea­mus McGar­vey for best cin­e­matog­ra­phy.

Two Ir­ish shorts have re­ceived Bafta nom­i­na­tions: The Crum­ble­giant, writ­ten and di­rected by John McCloskey, in the best short an­i­ma­tion film cat­e­gory; and Hes­i­ta­tion, writ­ten and di­rected by Vir­ginia Gil­bert, for best short film.

Ir­ish short The Crum­ble­giant is up for a Bafta

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