Story by: Jack Foley
QUENTIN Tarantino's violent revenge flick, Kill
Bill: Volume One, has been included in the Bafta shortlist
for best film - but another samurai sword epic, The
Last Samurai, has been snubbed.
The prestigious awards, viewed by many as the British equivalent
of the Oscars, will be announced next month, and has also included
early Oscar favourites, The
Return of the King, Cold
Mountain and Mystic River
on its nominees list.
British movies Calendar Girls
and Love Actually were also
among the 15 notable nominees.
But while Cruise, whose movie did not make it on to the Golden
Globes best film shortlist either, the actor does feature
in the running for best actor.
The most popular nominee for Bafta members, however, was Anthony
Minghella's US Civil War epic, Cold Mountain, which leads the
field with 18 nominations, including best actor (Jude Law), best
actress (Nicole Kidman), and best supporting actor and actress,
for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Renee Zellweger, respectively.
US actress, Scarlett Johansson, 19, is featured twice on the
best actress longlist - for her eye-catching roles in Sofia Coppola's
Lost in Translation
and Peter Webber's Girl With
a Pearl Earring.
But the youngest actress on the best actress list is Keisha Castle-Hughes,
who, at 13, received a nod her her acclaimed performance in Whale
Also among this year's hopefuls for best film are family favourite,
Finding Nemo, the oddball
comedy, The Station Agent,
about a man born with dwarfism, and epics such as Master
and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Pirates
of the Caribbean, Seabiscuit,
and 21 Grams.
Last year's best picture winner was holocaust film, The
Pianist, which went on to enjoy considerable success at the
Oscars, for star, Adrien Brody, and director, Roman Polanski.
The best film shortlist in full:
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Kill Bill Volume I
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lost in Translation
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Station Agent