CATEGORIES Drama, Romance, Thrillers, Awards, Newsstand, Trophy Hysteric, Movie News, Awards, CinematicalBAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) announced the "longlist" for their British Academy Film Awards, and something clearly went terribly wrong. While Brokeback Mountain did receive 13 nominations (as did The Constant Gardener and Good Night, and Good Luck), it was beaten out by Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha, which led the pack with 15 total mentions. Um, BAFTA? Did you not hear? Gay cowboys are supposed to win everything, and besides, Memoirs of Geisha really isn't very good at all. Come on, people - get with the program.
There's still hope, however, that the natural order of things will be restored. BAFTA's longlists consist of the 15 films in each category that made it through the first round of voting. A second round - completed on January 12 - will narrow the groups down to five finalists. Sadly, things can only get worse for both Munich, which was late in getting screeners out and is on only two lists (for best director and adapted screenplay) and The New World, which failed to receive a single mention.