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Off The Reel - Strike Over, Academy On!

Author: Paul China
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Listen up folks: the strike is officially over! The Writer’s Guild of America has now finalised its agreements with major Hollywood studios, and is currently presenting details of the pact to members in meetings in LA and New York. Since November, productions on movies, TV series, and talk shows had come to a halt, but now the resolution of the strike will enable television networks to salvage the remaining TV and pilot seasons, along with permitting scribes to begin working again on film scripts. The end to the strike will also authorise the prestigious Academy Awards telecast on Sunday 24 February to proceed without disruption. As they say in showbiz…the show must go on!

Continuing with the awards season, the 2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) annual event was held on Sunday in London. While the romantic-period film Atonement was honoured with the Best Picture prize (a double victory after the Golden Globes), it only managed to receive one other award out of its 14 nominations. In fact, the prizes were evenly spread amongst this year’s fine collection of well-acclaimed films. Most of the winners, however, were predictable; Daniel Day-Lewis took a well-deserved Best Actor trophy for There Will Be Blood; the Coen Brothers claimed the Best Director(s) gong for No Country For Old Men; and Diablo Cody achieved Best Original Screenplay for the much-loved Juno. Nonetheless, there were two major surprises in store. Marion Cotillard took the Best Actress award for La Vie En Rose, beating out favourite Julie Christie, while Tilda Swinton was an unexpected victor with Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Michael Clayton.

Winners of the 2008 British Academy Film Awards are as follows:

Best Picture: Atonement
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard for La Vie En Rose (on right)
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem for No Country For Old Men
Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton for Michael Clayton
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody for Juno
Best Adapted Screenplay: Ronald Harwood for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Foreign Film: The Lives of Others
Best British Film: This is England

Catch you further on down the trail, folks.