Sunday, February 19, 2006

"Brokeback" Dominates British Oscars

Brokeback Mountain dominated the BAFTAS -- the UK equivalent to the Oscars, with awards that will likely mimic the Oscar winners in a few short weeks. Brokeback won four, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (for Jake Gyllenhaal) and Best Adapted Screenplay. In similar lockstep to the Oscars, Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress for Walk The Line and Crash won Best Original Screenplay. (My IRA Oscar experts say all those people will repeat at the Oscars, with the (possible) exception of Jake Gyllenhaal, whose category is the toughest to call. They also say Rachel Weisz is a lock for Best Supporting Actress for The Constant Gardener.) At the BAFTAs, Thandie Newton won Best Supporting Actress for Crash. So are the BAFTAS influencing the Oscars or just following in their expected footsteps?

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