‘Black Swan,’ ‘King’s Speech’ lead BAFTAs long lists

While the Academy Awards tease us with lists of pre-nomination semifinalists in only certain categories — such as foreign film and some of the technical ones — the BAFTAs produce long lists in almost all categories with 15 films in the running in most of the 17 races. The final five nominees in each will be announced Jan. 18 (one week before nominations for the Oscars are unveiled) with the awards fest on Feb. 13 (two weeks before the Academy Awards ceremony).

The 6,000 plus members of BAFTA culled these long lists from 207 eligible films. Leading with 15 mentions apiece are “Black Swan” and “The King’s Speech.” “Inception” and “Made in Dagenham” folllow with 14 while “The Social Network” has 13. “Alice in Wonderland,” “Shutter Island,” “The Fighter” and “True Grit” all merited 12 mentions apiece, and “127 Hours,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Town” each have 11. All of these, with the exception of “Alice in Wonderland,” figure in the 15 films contending for Best Picture along with “Another Year,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Toy Story 3” and “Winter’s Bone.”

The final five foreign language films, a category which skips the second stage, are “Biutiful,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “I Am Love,” “Of Gods and Men” and last year’s Oscar champ “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

Unlike the Oscars, where the nominations in each category are determined by the members of that particular branch while the winners are voted on by the entire membership, the BAFTA long lists and nominations come from the membership at large while the winners — except for picture, performance and foreign language film — are chosen by the chapters (akin to the academy’s branches).

BAFTA does indicate on the long lists the top five from the respective chapters so all voters can see what the experts prefer. Usually, most of these chapter choices make it to the nomination stage. For the acting branch, the top picks for the performance prizes were:

Best Actor
Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”)
Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”)
Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”)
Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”)
James Franco (“127 Hours”)

Best Actress
Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Julianne Moore (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Carey Mulligan (“Never Let Me Go”)
Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”)
Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”)

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale (“The Fighter”)
Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”)
Bob Hoskins (“Made in Dagenham”)
Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”)

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams (“The Fighter”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”)
Barbara Hershey (“Black Swan”)
Lesley Manville (“Another Year”)
Miranda RIchardson (“Made in Dagenham”)

Among the other Best Actor hopefuls on the long list are several more of our pundits picks including Robert Duvall (“Get Low”) and Ryan Gosling (“Blue Valentine”). And Leonardo DiCaprio merited mention for both “Inception” and “Shutter Island.”

The Best Actress slate also includes Oscar contenders Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”) and Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”). And while Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) was bumped up to lead by the BAFTA voters, Lesley Manville (“Another Year”) was slotted in as supporting.

Other Best Supporting Actress contenders beyond the top five include our Oscar frontrunner Melissa Leo (“The FIghter”) as well as Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”).

And the Best Supporting Actor line-up extends to another of our pundits choicesJeremy Renner (“The Town”) — as well as Matt Damon (“True Grit”).

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