Evening Standard nominees pit 'Skyfall' against UK indies
The Evening Standard Film Awards -- among the most independent-minded stops on the UK awards scene -- have a rather circuitous way of revealing their nominees, first revealing a longlist too unruly to warrant a mention (this year's featured "The Dictator" up for Best Film, for example), before announcing a three-per-category shortlist a couple of weeks before the ceremony.
In the midst of my Sundance travels, I missed the announcement of this year's formal Evening Standard nominees, as determined by a select panel of London critics. But since the ceremony is tonight -- and I'll be in attendance -- now would be a good time to post them. The nominees, which are restricted to British film and/or British artists, present a varied cross-section of the industry: the top category, for example, pits record-breaking blockbuster "Skyfall" against two dark indies, "Berberian Sound Studio" and "Sightseers," whose combined budget would scarcely cover the cost of 007's Tom Ford wardrobe. It'll be interesting to see what comes out on top.
Daniel Day-Lewis stands to add yet another trophy to his bursting cabinet tonight, though he's up against "Berberian" lead Toby Jones, who defeated him at the London Critics' Circle Awards two weeks ago. Fans of Eddie Redmayne in "Les Mis," meanwhile, will be glad to see the young Brit claim his first individual nomination of the season thus far. The Best Actress category, by contrast, is wholly indie-dominated.
Full list of nominees below. Look out for my report on the ceremony later -- it tends to be a fun night. And you know by now to keep track of all the season's awards thus far at The Circuit.
Film of the Year
"Berberian Sound Studio"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Toby Jones, "Berberian Sound Studio"
Eddie Redmayne, "Les Misérables"
Alice Lowe, "Sightseers"
Charlotte Rampling, "I, Anna"
Andrea Riseborough, "Shadow Dancer"
Tom Bradby, "Shadow Dancer"
Malcolm Campbell, "What Richard Did"
Paul Laverty, "The Angels’ Share"
London Film Museum Award for Technical Achievement
Jacqueline Durran (costume design), Sarah Greenwood (production design) and Seamus McGarvey (cinematography), "Anna Karenina"
David Raedeker (cinematography), "My Brother the Devil"
Ben Richardson (cinematography), "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Peter Sellers Award for Comedy
Chris O’Dowd (actor), "The Sapphires"
Martin McDonaugh (writer-director), "Seven Psychopaths"
Ben Wheatley (director), "Sightseers"
Most Promising Newcomer
Paul Brannigan (actor), "The Angels’ Share"
Sally El Hosaini (writer-director), "My Brother the Devil"
James Floyd (actor), "My Brother the Devil"
"London: The Modern Babylon"
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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