Sunday, February 10, 2008

BAFTA note

I see that the BAFTAs, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars, gave Best Film to Atonement. No shock there, given Britain's love affair with all things World War I. What I was more interested in seeing was whether they would throw poor James MacAvoy a bone, seeing as both he and Keira Knightley were Oscar-snubbed (she evokes less pity in me somehow, probably because she was nominated for a good but decidedly not great turn in the forgettable Pride & Prejudice). The answer? Daniel Day-Lewis. I don't know how revered he is in Britain (his father was poet laureate), but apparently there was just no getting past his juggernaut of a performance.

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