Anita Singh reports, for The Telegraph, on the great success of the film adaptation of John le Carré’s classic novel ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’, which has drawn 11 BAFTA nominatins:
‘The adaptation of John Le Carré’s espionage thriller has nominations for best film, outstanding British film, best adapted screenplay, best director for Tomas Alfredson and best leading actor for Gary Oldman. […]
Only The Artist has more Bafta nominations – the homage to cinema’s silent era is shortlisted in 12 categories including best film, best director for Michel Hazanavicius, best leading actor for Jean Dujardin and best leading actress for Bérénice Bejo. […]
Leading actor will pit Oldman and Dujardin against Brad Pitt for Moneyball, George Clooney for The Descendants and Michael Fassbender for Shame. […]
Tim Bevan of Working Title, the British production company behind Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, said he was thrilled by the raft of nominations.
“I always knew in my heart of hearts that Bafta would deliver – the film got such a great critical response here when it came out and the audiences went to see it. I hoped that Bafta would do us proud,” he said.
“The film has taken £14.5 million at the UK box office and very few serious movies do that. British audiences were ready to have something more challenging.”
Tinker Tailor has taken a respectable £20 million at the US box office but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association passed it over when choosing the Golden Globe contenders. Bevan is resigned to the fact that Academy Award voters are likely to do the same thing.
“For some reason it has been overlooked. We will see whether the same happens with the Academy. If all the Bafta voters who are members of the Academy vote for us, then we might be in with a chance – but it just doesn’t feel like it’s going our way.
“Interestingly, in America we thought it would play to an older audience but there has been a solid younger audience as well. Everywhere it has opened, it has been getting four or five stars from the critics. But it is a complicated film and it is peculiarly British.
“Of course it’s impossible not to get slightly agitated by the whole thing. But I’m very happy today because Tinker Tailor is a British movie and it has been recognised by Bafta.”
Bevan said Oldman’s performance confirms him as one of the great actors of his generation.
“The beauty of Gary is that he disappears into the roles he plays. And, frankly, that isn’t true of some of the other actors in his category – George Clooney is always George Clooney, Brad Pitt is always Brad Pitt.
“Gary has that remarkable quality. It’s an unbelievably demanding role because he has to do virtually nothing, yet he’s the most compelling person on the screen.”
The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place on February 12’.
Read the full story in The Telegraph here