In a press release today The British Acadaemy of Film and Television Arts has accouned that two actresses, Dame Judi Dench and Michelle Yeoh, are both contenders for a BAFTA Award when the awards ceremony is held on February the 25th.
Dame Judi Dench, who has played the role of M in the last three James Bond movies and will do so again in Bond 20, has been nominated for “Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role” for her portrayal of Amande Voizin in Lasse Hallström’s ‘Chocolat’. Chocolat also starred Johnny Depp (Sleepy Hollow) and Juliette Binoche (The English Patient). Binoche has also been nominated for a BAFTA Award for “Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role”.
Michelle Yeoh, who was made famous to Bond fans with her portrayal of Chinese Agent Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies, has been nominated for “Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role” for her portrayal of Shu Lien in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. Yeoh, and her Bond character of Wai Lin, are both rumoured to make a reappearence in Bond 20 when it is released in 2002.
Good luck to both of them, especially Dame Judi cause she’s just fabulous! You can see the full list of nominees at BAFTA’s homepage. If we missed anyone else from the Bond series be sure to let us know.
And just as an after thought this years BAFTA Awards are being present exactly one month before this years Academy Awards. Using the BAFTA Awards as an indication we may just see Dench and Yeoh up for Oscar Nominations when the nominees for the 73rd Anual Academy Awards are announced on February 13 at 5:38 a.m. Pacific Time.
Just to let you know the official Academy Awards site for the 73rd Annual Academy Awards has now opened and announced that the nominees list will be released on February the 13th and the awards ceremony will take place on March the 25th. We’ll keep our eye on this and keep you posted!