bafta-2008.jpgThe British Academy of Film and Television Awards were announced this Sunday evening in London’s West End. In the face of the almost concluded WGA strike, the ceremony proved to draw the glittering celebrities who might not have otherwise gotten a chance at walking down a red carpet had the Oscars not gone ahead later this month. In certain categories, the BAFTAS are a fair indication of which way the wind may blow at the upcoming Academy Awards, and this year was kind to La Vie En Rose (four wins, for Actress Marion Cotillard, Christopher Gunning’s Music, Marit Allen’s Costuming and Jan Archibald/Didier Lavergne’s Make-Up) and No Country For Old Men, which picked up nods for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Direction, Supporting Actor Javier Bardem and Roger Deakins’ Cinematography.

In the animation and related gongs, Brad Bird’s Ratatouille was perhaps unsurprisingly found to be the Animated Film winner, with Jo Allen/Luis Cook’s The Pearce Sisters picking up for Short Animation, and The Golden Compass receiving the kudos for Best Visual Effects. The Bourne Ultimatum won in the technical categories of Editing and Sound. Other awards handed out included Best Film (Atonement), Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood), Screenplay (Diablo Cody, Juno) and the Rising Star award, as voted by the public, to Shia LeBeouf (most prominently this year for his role in Transformers and vocal performance in Surf’s Up). A full rundown of all winners and nominations can be found at the official BAFTA website.