Scorsese's Gangs to take on Marshall's Chicago at the Baftas

Story by Jack Foley

MARTIN Scorsese’s Gangs of New York will do battle with Rob Marshall’s Chicago at this year’s Bafta awards, after both films received 12 nominations each in all the major categories.

Both will vy for best film and best director, along with Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, which secured 11 nominations.

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Roman Polanski’s The Pianist complete the line-up for both best film and best director categories.

Performance-wise, all eyes will be focused on the women’s battle, with The Hours stars Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep battling it out with former Bridget Jones star, Renee Zellweger, and Oscar-winner Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball) and Salma Hayek (Frida) for the best actress award.

The Hours co-star, Julianne Moore, gets a nod in the best supporting actress category, as do Chicago co-stars, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah.

They will do battle against Toni Collette (About A Boy) and Meryl Streep (Adaptation).

In the male categories, Oscar favourites Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt) and Daniel Day-Lewis will take on Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Sir Michael Caine (The Quiet American) and Nicolas Cage (Adaptation), while support players Chris Cooper (Adaptation), Ed Harris (The Hours), Alfred Molina (Frida), Paul Newman (Road to Perdition) and Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can) complete an impressive line-up.

The Baftas will be announced on February 23 at a ceremony hosted by comic, Stephen Fry. They are often seen as an excellent showcase for British cinema, as well as independent films, and will take place exactly one month before the Oscars.

As such, the Alexander Korda Award for outstanding British film gives movies such as Bend It Like Beckham, Dirty Pretty Things and The Magdalene Sisters the chance to win awards they may not always be in contention for.

Likewise, there is also the Carl Foreman Award for the most promising newcomer to British Film.

Unlike the Oscars and the Golden Globes, audiences will also get to choose the winner of one of the awards at the Baftas, by voting for the Orange Film Of The Year, the shortlist for which has already been announced.

It includes the blockbusters Die Another Day, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Ocean's 11. Click here for more details, OR click here to vote...

Best foreign film (which is always one of the more interesting categories in any awards chase) will be contested by City of God (Brazil), Devdas (India), Talk to Her (Spain), The Warrior (UK) and Y Tu Mamá También (Mexico).

The nominations in full:
Best Film

Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Hours
The Pianist

The Alexander Korda Award for the outstanding British Film of the Year
Bend it Like Beckham
Dirty Pretty Things
The Hours
The Magdalene Sisters
The Warrior

The Carl Foreman Award for the most promising newcomer to British Film
Simon Bent (writer, Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry)
Lucy Darwin (producer, Lost in La Mancha)
Asif Kapadia (director, The Warrior)
Duncay Roy (writer/director, AKA)

The David Lean Award for achievement in Direction
Stephen Daldry (The Hours)
Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
Rob Marshall (Chicago)
Roman Polanski (The Pianist)
Martin Scorsese (Gangs of New York)

Best Screenplay (Original)
Dirty Pretty Things
Gangs of New York
Talk to Her
The Magdalene Sisters
Y Tu Mamá También


Best Screenplay (Adapted)
About a Boy
Adaptation
Catch Me If You Can
The Hours
The Pianist

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Halle Berry (Monster's Ball)
Salma Hayek (Frida)
Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
Meryl Streep (The Hours)
Renée Zellweger (Chicago)

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Adrien Brody (The Pianist)
Michael Caine (The Quiet American)
Nicolas Cage (Adaptation)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York)
Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Toni Collette (About a Boy)
Queen Latifah (Chicago)
Julianne Moore (The Hours)
Meryl Streep (Adaptation)
Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Chris Cooper (Adaptation)
Ed Harris (The Hours)
Alfred Molina (Frida)
Paul Newman (Road to Perdition)
Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can)

The Anthony Asquith Award for achievement in Film Music

Catch Me If You Can
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Pianist

Film not in the English language

City of God (Brazil)
Devdas (India)
Talk to Her (Spain)
The Warrior (UK)
Y Tu Mamá También (Mexico)


Cinematography
Chicago
Gangs of New York
Road to Perdition
The Pianist
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Production design
Chicago
Gangs of New York
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Road to Perdition
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Costume design
Catch Me If You Can
Chicago
Frida
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Editing
Chicago
City of God
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Sound

Chicago
Gangs of New York
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Pianist
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Achievement in special visual effects
Gangs of New York
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Minority Report
Spider-Man
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Make up/hair
Chicago
Frida
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Short film

Bouncer
Candy Bar Kid
Good Night
The Most Beautiful Man in the World
My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117
Rank

Short animation

The Chub Chubs
The Dog Who Was a Cat Inside
Fish Never Sleep
Sap
Wedding Espresso

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