I have honestly never heard of the "Baftas" (British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards), the British Oscars. I mean, I knew the British must have an Oscars, but I didn't know what they were called, nor have I ever taken note of them. But I am trying to expand my personal purview to the global, or at least trans-Anglo, so here's the BBC on the Baftas:
- Some of Hollywood's biggest stars are due in London on Sunday for the Baftas, the UK entertainment world's most prestigious night of the year.
Among the A-list actors expected on the red carpet are Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Scarlett Johansson and Renee Zellweger.
US civil war epic Cold Mountain leads the field with 13 nominations, followed by The Return of the King which has 12.
....Other stars expected at The Odeon cinema in London's Leicester Square include Holly Hunter, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Linney, Sir Ian McKellen, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Naomi Watts and Tim Robbins.
Directors due to attend include Cold Mountain's Anthony Minghella and Rings maestro Peter Jackson, as well as Tim Burton, Sofia Coppola and Richard Curtis.
....Challenging Cold Mountain and the third Lord of the Rings movie for best film are Peter Weir's epic seafaring tale Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe; Sofia Coppola's low-key comedy Lost in Translation featuring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson; and the Tim Burton fantasy Big Fish, starring Ewan McGregor.
....Unusually, Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson have two nominations each in the best actor and actress categories
Penn is nominated for his roles in dramas Mystic River and 21 Grams, and is up against Benicio Del Toro, Bill Murray and Johnny Depp.
Newcomer Johansson, 19, is shortlisted for Girl with a Pearl Earring and Lost in Translation.
Also up for best actress are Anne Reid for The Mother, Naomi Watts for 21 Grams and Uma Thurman for Kill Bill.
The nominations are:
Big Fish (2003)
Cold Mountain (2003)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year
Cold Mountain (2003)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
In This World (2002)
Love Actually (2003)
Touching the Void (2003)
Benicio Del Toro for 21 Grams (2003)
Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)