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BAFTA in ‘Love’ with ‘Elizabeth’

'Ryan,' 'Truman' round out list

LONDON — Brit-focused “Shakespeare in Love” and “Elizabeth” predictably dominated the nominations for this year’s British Academy (BAFTA) Film Awards, with 16 and 12 nods apiece.

Those two costumers, along with “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Truman Show” shared the nominations for best picture, best director, best cinematography and best production design.

Saving Private Ryan” got 11 nods in total, while “The Truman Show” compensated for its Oscar snub with seven. Oscar nominee and Berlin fest winner “The Thin Red Line” was not released in the U.K. in time to qualify for the awards.

The nominations were announced at BATFA’s Picadilly headquarters by Kate Winslet, despite the fact that her own recent pic, “Hideous Kinky,” failed to get a single nomination.

Shakespeare in Love” was named in every category for which it was eligible, apart from special effects. But it was omitted from the list for the Alexander Korda Award, which rewards the best British pic of the year, because the academy ruled that the film’s American genesis meant it did not qualify.

The Korda nominees are selected by the academy council rather than voted by the members.

Usually BAFTA tries to salute U.K. talent that has been overlooked in the Oscar running, but this year it was an American film, “The Truman Show” which received the recognition from the British voters that it didn’t get from their American counterparts.

British thesps Joseph Fiennes and Michael Caine made up for their omission from the Oscar list by winning best actor nods for their work in “Shakespeare in Love” and “Little Voice,” respectively.

But Ian McKellen was surprisingly overlooked for “Gods and Monsters,” although his co-star Lynn Redgrave did pick up a supporting actress nod.

The reason, according to BAFTA insiders, is that the film has not yet been properly released in the U.K., running for just one week in Manchester to qualify for the awards; therefore, too few members had seen the film to vote McKellen into the hugely competitive best actor category.

Another notable omission was the Oscar-nominated Rachel Griffiths, who failed to figure in the supporting actress category for “Hilary and Jackie.” That’s because BAFTA decided her leading role merited consideration only for best actress, but she was beaten in that category by Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth,” Jane Horrocks in “Little Voice,” Gwyneth Paltrow in “Shakespeare in Love” and her “Hilary and Jackie” co-star Emily Watson.

The supporting actress race is between Redgrave, Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”), Brenda Blethyn (“Little Voice”) and Kathy Bates (“Primary Colors”).

Geoffrey Rush picked up two nominations in the supporting actor slot. In addition to his perf in “Shakespeare,” Rush was acknowledged for his turn in “Elizabeth,” which many consider the more substantial performance of the two despite being ignored at the Oscars. Tom Wilkinson was named for his part in “Shakespeare in Love,” with Ed Harris in “The Truman Show” also making the list.

Orange, the mobile phone company that sponsors the BAFTA awards, also announced the 10 candidates for the Orange Audience Award, which will be voted by the general public. The list is made up simply of the top 10 films at the box office in the past year.

The 51st British Academy Film Awards will take place April 11 in London.

The complete nominations list follows:

Film: “Elizabeth,” Alison Owen, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan; “Saving Private Ryan,” Steven Spielberg, Ian Bruce, Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn; “Shakespeare in Love,” David Parfitt, Donna Gigliotti, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, Marc Norman; “Truman Show,” Scott Rudin, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, Adam Schroder.

The David Lean award for achievement in direction: “Elizabeth,” Shekhar Kapur; “Saving Private Ryan,” Steven Spielberg; “Shakespeare in Love,” John Madden; “The Truman Show,” Peter Weir.

The Alexander Korda award for outstanding British film of the year: “Elizabeth,” Alison Owen, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan; “Hilary and Jackie,” Andy Paterson, Nicolas Kent, Anand Tucker; “Little Voice,” Elizabeth Karlsen, Mark Herman; “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels,” Matthew Vaughn, Guy Ritchie; “My Name Is Joe,” Rebecca O’Brien, Ken Loach; “Sliding Doors,” Sydney Pollack, Philippa Braithwaite, William Horberg, Peter Howitt.

Original Screenplay: “Elizabeth,” Michael Hirst; “Life Is Beautiful,” Vincenzo Ceremi, Roberto Benigni; “Shakespeare in Love,” Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard; “The Truman Show,” Andrew Niccol.

Adapted Screenplay: “Hilary and Jackie,” Frank Cottrell Boyce; “Little Voice,” Mark Herman; “Primary Colors,” Elaine May; “Wag the Dog,” Hilary Henkin, David Mamet.

Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett (“Elizabeth”); Jane Horrocks (“Little Voice”); Gwyneth Paltrow (“Shakespeare in Love”); Emily Watson (“Hilary and Jackie”).

Actor in a Leading Role: Roberto Benigni (“Life Is Beautiful”); Michael Caine (“Little Voice”); Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”); Tom Hanks (“Saving Private Ryan”).

Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates (“Primary Colors”); Brenda Blethyn (“Little Voice”); Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”); Lynn Redgrave (“Gods and Monsters”).

Supporting Actor: Ed Harris (“The Truman Show”); Geoffrey Rush (“Elizabeth”); Geoffrey Rush (“Shakespeare in Love”); Tom Wilkinson (“Shakespeare in Love”).

Film not in the English langauge: “Central Station,” Arthur Cohn, Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Walter Salles; “Life Is Beautiful,” Elda Ferri, Gianluigi Braschi, Roberto Benigni; “Le Bossu,” Patrice Godeau, Philippe de Broca; “Live Flesh,” Agustin Almodovar, Pedro Almodovar.

The Anthony Asquish award for achievement in film music: “Elizabeth,” David Hirschfelder; “Hilary and Jackie,” Barrington Pheloung; “Saving Private Ryan,” John Williams; “Shakespeare in Love,” Stephen Warbeck.

Cinematography: “Elizabeth,” Remi Adefarasin; “Saving Private Ryan,” Janusz Kaminski; “Shakespeare in Love,” Richard Greatrex; “The Truman Show,” Peter Biziou.

Production Design: “Elizabeth,” John Myhre; “Saving Private Ryan,” Tom Sanders; “Shakespeare in Love,” Martin Childs; “The Truman Show,” Dennis Gassner.

Costume Design: “Elizabeth,” Alexandra Byrne; “The Mask of Zorro,” Graciela Mazon; “Shakespeare in Love,” Sandy Powell; “Velvet Goldmine,” Sandy Powell.

Editing: “Elizabeth,” Jill Bilcock; “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels,” Niven Howie; “Saving Private Ryan,” Michael Kahn; “Shakespeare in Love,” David Gamble.

Sound: “Hilary and Jackie,” Nigel Heath, Julian Slate, David Crozier, Ray Merrin, Graham Daniel; “Little Voice,” Peter Lindsay, Rodney Glenn, Ray Merrin, Graham Daniel; “Saving Private Ryan,” Gary Rydstrom, Ronald Judkins, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Richard Hymns; “Shakespeare in Love,” Peter Glossop, John Downer, Robin O’Donoghue, Dominic Lester.

Achievement in special visual effects: “Antz,” “Babe: Pig in the City,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Truman Show.”

Makeup, Hair: “Elizabeth,” Jenny Shircore; “Saving Private Ryan,” Lois Burwell, Jeanette Freeman; “Shakespeare in Love,” Lisa Westcott; “Velvet Goldmine,” Peter King.

Short Film: “Anthrakitis,” Natasha Dack, Sara Sugarman; “Eight,” Jon Fiar, Stephen Daldry, Tim Clague; “Home,” Hanna Lewis, Morag McKinnon, Colin McLaren; “In Memory of Dorothy Bennett,” Catherine McArthur, Martin Radich.

Animated Short: “1001 Nights,” Yukio Sonoyama, Mike Smith; “The Canterbury Tales,” Aida Zyablikova, Renat Zinnurov, Ashley Potter, Dave Antrobus, Claire Jennings, Mic Graves, Joanna Quinn, Les Mills; “Gogwana,” Helen Nabarro, Deiniol Morris, Sion Jones, Michael Mort, Joe Turner; “Humdrum,” Carla Shelley, Julie Lockhart, Peter Peake.

Orange audience award: “A Bug’s Life,” “Armageddon,” “Dr. Dolittle,” “Enemy of the State,” “Godzilla,” “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Sliding Doors,” “There’s Something About Mary.”

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