BAFTA 2012 – my picks

BAFTA announced their short list this morning. Here are my picks.

BEST FILM
THE ARTIST
THE DESCENDANTS
DRIVE
THE HELP
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

Not sure about ‘The Help’ being nominated, it was a nice film but I didn’t think it was an awards worthy film. Disappointed ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ got missed off. ‘The Artist’ will walk away with it (and deservedly so).

BRITISH FILM
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
SENNA
SHAME
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

This one is a bit trickier, I think ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ has the edge but ‘Shame’ and ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ are both worthy of the awards. I would hate to have to decide this category.

DIRECTOR
THE ARTIST – Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE – Nicolas Winding Refn
HUGO – Martin Scorsese
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY – Tomas Alfredson
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN – Lynne Ramsay

Again, tricky. ‘Drive’ is one of those films that people have touted highly in their best of’s but I don’t think it will pick up a gong, Martin Scorsese is another strong candidate but he seems to get the awards because he hasn’t had the awards (his win for ‘The Departed’). I think Michel Hazanavicius or Lynne Ramsay will walk away with the statue.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
THE ARTIST – Michel Hazanavicius
BRIDESMAIDS – Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
THE GUARD – John Michael McDonagh
THE IRON LADY – Abi Morgan
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – Woody Allen

I don’t understand how ‘Bridesmaids’ is in any way original. Surprised that ‘Shame’ hasn’t been nominated in this category, particularly as I don’t think ‘The Iron Lady’ had a very strong script. I would love ‘The Guard’ to win for this as that was a fantastic script but I think ‘The Artist’ might just get it, which would be awesome just for “silent movie wins original screenplay” headlines.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE DESCENDANTS – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
THE HELP – Tate Taylor
THE IDES OF MARCH – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
MONEYBALL – Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY – Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

I can’t see them not giving a George Clooney film an award but I think the clear winner in this category is ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’.

ACTOR
BRAD PITT – Moneyball
GARY OLDMAN – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
GEORGE CLOONEY – The Descendants
JEAN DUJARDIN – The Artist
MICHAEL FASSBENDER – Shame

Another tricky one but I think Jean Dujardin was brilliant and the role required more acting as it was silent. He couldn’t just rely on very good dialogue.

ACTRESS
BÉRÉNICE BEJO – The Artist
MERYL STREEP – The Iron Lady
MICHELLE WILLIAMS – My Week with Marilyn
TILDA SWINTON – We Need to Talk About Kevin
VIOLA DAVIS – The Help

Meryl Streep was very good and if the film had been better I would be touting her to pick up the awards but I think Tilda Swinton gave a career defining performance. She was outstanding.

SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – Beginners
JIM BROADBENT – The Iron Lady
JONAH HILL – Moneyball
KENNETH BRANAGH – My Week with Marilyn
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – The Ides of March

I want Kenneth Brannagh to win just because he is Kenneth Brannagh and who else could play Olivier? Jim Broadbent was very good in ‘The Iron Lady’ but it’s the film that lets me down. Bit disappointed that Alan Rickman didn’t get short-listed again this year.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
CAREY MULLIGAN – Drive
JESSICA CHASTAIN – The Help
JUDI DENCH – My Week with Marilyn
MELISSA MCCARTHY – Bridesmaids
OCTAVIA SPENCER – The Help

As much as I absolutely hated ‘Bridesmaids’, I thought Melissa McCarthy was excellent as Megan who was without a doubt the best and most surprising character. Carey Mulligan is brilliant in whatever she does and is probably the strongest contender in this category.

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2011 BAFTA Awards Winners

The BAFTAs are all wrapped up, and once again I made the mistake of accidentally spoiling it. I thought they were being broadcast live on BBC3 but it turned out that was just the red carpet coverage *sigh*. Oh well, once I realised my mistake I stopped reporting the results on Facebook but continued to geek out with my fellow film geeks on Twitter who were watching @BAFTA.

Biggest upset of the night for me was David Fincher taking home the Best Director award. ‘The Social Network’ was a fairly ordinary film. It was well directed, sure but what about Tom Hooper? He got outstanding performances from Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter (and that showed by all three of them walking away with the acting awards) – yes, they are good actors but a good director gets more out of his cast and Tom Hooper proved that. How can the film that walked off with all the acting awards*, original screenplay, best British film and best film but not pick up best director? Big mistake from BAFTA there.

So how did I fair? If you look at my previous entry, I think I did pretty well. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ really surprised me by beating ‘Of Gods and Men’ and ‘The Secret in their Eyes’ to foreign language film. I put a bet on this year, and I only got 4 / 7 right… should have gone with my BAFTA predictions rather than the favourites really 😉 (I picked Lesley Manville for Supporting Actress [5/2], Christian Bale for Supporting Actor [4/11] and Darren Aronofsky for Director… there was no chance for Aronofsky really but the odds were 66/1).

My Oscar pics are (odds from Coral, correct as of 13th Feb)

Best Film: The King’s Speech (1/66), or ‘The Social Network’ (5/2)
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky (33/1), or Joel and Ethan Coen (40/1)
Best Actor: Colin Firth (1/66), or Jesse Eisenberg (33/1)
Actress: Natalie Portman (1/14)
Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush (5/1), or Christian Bale (1/9)
Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter (6/1), or Jackie Weaver (50/1)

 

*By that, I mean all the acting awards it was nominated for.

Oscar Predictions

It’s officially Oscar season, and in a rare turn of events I’ve seen all but two of the Best Picture nominations. Unlike previous years they’ve expanded the category to ten films, maybe they weren’t sure they’d have six brilliant films by this time. As expected ‘Avatar’ has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects – I think the one it really deserves is the VFX one, although I’d be overjoyed if ‘Star Trek’ walked away with that one! If it takes home the ‘Best Picture’ I’d really have to question what exactly the ‘Academy’ are looking for, is ‘Avatar’ really better than these films? ‘The Blind Side’, ‘District 9’, ‘An Education’, ‘The Hurt Locker’, ‘Inglorious Basterds’, ‘Precious’, ‘A Serious Man’, ‘Up in the Air’, or ‘Up’?

Even though ‘Avatar’ was impressive, I would love for ‘Sherlock Holmes’ to come away with the award for art direction (and music, that score was fantastic!).

Okay so my predictions:

Best Picture: The Hurt Locker or Precious
Best Actor: Jeremy Renner
Best Supporting Actor: haven’t seen the pictures they’re all from, with the exception of Stanley Tucci, whilst I thought he was great I don’t think he was award worthy.
Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe (randomly, why wasn’t the girl who played Susie Salmon nominated? She was excellent).
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique or Vera Farmiga
Best Animated Film: Up or The Princess and the Frog
Art Direction: Sherlock Holmes or Nine
Cinematography: The Hurt Locker or Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker or Less Daniels for Precious
Original Score: Sherlock Holmes
Animated Short Film: A Matter of Loaf and Death
Visual Effects: District 9
Adapted Screenplay: In the Loop or Precious
Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker

(didn’t do all categories obviously, I haven’t seen any of the documentaries of short films this year.)