The Hurt Locker and Avatar were both nominated for eight awards at the BAFTAS (the British Oscars, basically) last night, with The Hurt Locker taking home six, including awards for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay; and Avatar two, for production design and visual effects. 58-year-old Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win a BAFTA, great strides toward equality, feminism, girl power, blah blah blah, I think I speak for all the guys when I say I wouldn’t mind gettin’ mauled by that cougar, gnome sayin’? Subjoke: It’s not surprising James Cameron would fall for a 12-foot-tall cougar.
And you know it was a classy affair because Mickey Rourke showed up wearing a vest, no shirt, a sweet necklace, and a 24-year-old Russian model. Later when he presented the nominees for best actress, he couldn’t read the teleprompter because he said he hadn’t brought his glasses. God I love that man. When I run an awards show, Mickey Rourke will win all of them and instead of statuettes, we’ll hand out small dogs. (full list of winners after the jump)
Film — “The Hurt Locker” British Film — “Fish Tank” Director — Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker” Actor — Colin Firth, “A Single Man” Actress — Carey Mulligan, “An Education” Supporting Actor — Christoph Waltz, “Iglourious Basterds” Supporting Actress — Mo’nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” Rising Star — Kristen Stewart British Debut — Director Duncan Jones, “Moon” Original Screenplay — “The Hurt Locker” Adapted Screenplay — “Up in the Air” Film Not in the English Language — “A Prophet” Music — Michael Giacchino, “Up” Cinematography — “The Hurt Locker” Editing — “The Hurt Locker” Production Design — “Avatar” Costume Design — “The Young Victoria” Sound — “The Hurt Locker” Visual Effects — “Avatar” Makeup and Hair — “The Young Victoria” Animated Feature — “Up” Short Film — “I Do Air” Short Animation _”Mother of Many” Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema — Camera technician Joe Dunton Academy Fellowship — Vanessa Redgrave