Monday, February 9, 2009

Film Review: Annual British Film Awards

Review: Films; British Academy of Films Awards 2009

Eric Green

Winslet [the Reader] and Rourke [The Wrestler]
Top British Film Awards; Slum Dog Millionaire, Best Film

The 2009 British Academy of Films and Television Awards awarded their best Actress Award to Kate Winslet for her powerful portrayal of a Nazi guard in the "The Reader"; and, for best Actor to Mickey Rourke for his powerful portrayal of a professional wrestler in the film, "The Wrestler."

Keith Ledger was awarded, posthumously, the best supporting award for the Joker. Penelope Cruz won the best supporting actress award.

Slum Dog Millionaire won many awards, including the top BEST Film of the year, cinematography and adapted screenplay, as well as for Danny Boyle as best director.

Steve McQueen, a Black English director, won the Special Achievement by a British Director for their First Feature Film for his film "Hunger" the last 6 weeks of Irish hunger striker, Bobby Sands.

Man on a Wire won the award for the best British Film for 2009. Director Terri Gilliam won a special BAFA award.

Fortunately, the BAFTRA awards, while being for both film and television, sort of like the Golden Globes, only award the film awards on this evening. Mixing films with television shows is a bad idea. As much as "Hollywood" glitz has harmed filmmaking; in the television world, television is almost hopeless.