The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced its longlist for the 2010 Orange BAFTA awards Thursday, with Lone Scherfig’s “An Education” leading the way with 17 mentions, including best film, director and actress for Carey Mulligan.
Also enjoying strong showings were Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” with 15 mentions, Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” with 12 mentions, while James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones” received 11 mentions each.
Brit director Duncan Jones’ debut pic “Moon” received 10 mentions, including best film, director and actor, while artist-turned-helmer Sam Taylor-Wood’s John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy” received six mentions.
Clint Eastwood received five mentions — two for producer, two for director and one for actor — for “Gran Torino” and “Invictus.”
A notable omission from many of the major categories was Rob Marshall’s musical “Nine,” which missed out on mentions for best film, director and screenplay.
The BAFTA longlist reflects the first round of voting by Acad members with 15 pics eligible in each category. The final shortlist reduces the 15 mentions to five nominations in each field. Those noms will be announced Jan. 21.
The awards ceremony itself will be held on Feb. 21.
Bafta website: www.bafta.org