My BAFTA Thoughts

Bafta TrophyThe BAFTA nominations have been announced and everything seems to be going according to plan – except the fact that Inside Llewyn Davies only got three nominations and none were for acting or directing. The top films are Gravity with 11 nominations, followed by 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle with 10 each, and Captain Phillips with nine.

I’ll readily admit that I haven’t seen all the films or performances nominated – mostly because some of the big hitters have yet to be released here in the UK. That being said I’m going to see both American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave in the next week, and The Wolf of Wall Street the week after so I’ll be able to have my personal opinion for them soon.

To be honest Gravity is definitely the one to beat. While I love Pacific Rim and I’m thrilled that it got nominated for Best Special Visual Effects I highly doubt it, or any of the other films nominated, will beat Gravity.

I don’t have a problem with Gravity being in the Best British Film category. It was filmed at Pinewood, had a whole host of British filmmakers working on the Special Visual Effects. While the stars may be American the visuals were all British. Filmmaking in Britain is booming right now and cheap – or at least compared to the US. That’s why London’s been getting a bit battered in films like Fast & Furious 6 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation recently. That being said I predict Gravity will win Best Film but won’t get Best British Film – gotta give another film a chance. If it’s not going to be Gravity I’d like it to be Rush or Philomena.

For Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director, or Producer I’d like Kelly Marcel for Saving Mr. Banks to win. In part because that’s the only film I’ve seen in that category and also because she’s the only woman nominated in that category and I’m all about girl power.

With the Best Director category I’ve only seen Captain Phillips and Gravity and loved both. The other three films – American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street – I have yet to see but this category does look like it’s going to be a tough one to choose.

I really want Daniel Bruhl to win best Supporting Actor for Rush and Judi Dench to win best Leading Actress for Philomena.

That’s all I can really say about the BAFTA’s right now (and probably any other award nominations out at the moment) until I can see the other films with nominations.

Oh except to mention the Rising Star Award. It’s the one BAFTA that’s voted for by the public and it’s a great chance to give a young actor or actress some recognition. I’ll leave the list of nominee’s and where to vote down below – I’m waiting until I’ve seen 12 Years a Slave to vote but what I’ve seen from the other four nominees shows that they are all worthy for their nomination and the award.

Dane DeHaan
George McKay
Lupita Nyong’o
Will Poulter
Lea Seydoux

Find out more about the nominee’s and vote HERE.

Full list of nominations can be found here.

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