Wednesday, January 19, 2011

AAN: My thoughts on the BAFTA nominations (w/ Leo, Zuck and Steve)

Leo, Zuck and Steve are back to rank the somewhat surprising BAFTA nominations which came out last night. I must admit, I'm really happy that there have been some shakeups, because this awards season is getting veeeery tedious.

Black Swan
The King's Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

It's much of the same here, just without The Fighter. It's nice to see True Grit coming through and getting a nomination, because it has been widely ignored by many in this category, but will be getting an Oscar nomination. Of course, you'll know how I feel about this category. It has Black Swan, Inception and The Social Network as the usual suspects, and The King's Speech leading proceedings with it's 14 nominations (you know, since it's British). I could definitely see this movie taking The Social Network down here, since it probably has more fans than that one. Overall, they all have great chances, so it will be another exciting race to the finishline!

127 Hours
Another Year
Four Lions
The King's Speech
Made in Dagenham

Is 127 Hours really a British film? Well, if it's just because Danny Boyle is British then that is okay. The usual suspect The King's Speech comes back, and looks like a sure thing to win this award, since it's the best. It's nice to see that the awards worthy films that won't get Oscars have come through. Another Year represents Mike Leigh's always love talents; Four Lions gives us the funnies; and Made in Dagenham, with it's fantastic cast, brings us the woman rights. What a great line up of British films, notably missing Never Let Me Go, but oh well...

Javier Bardem for Biutiful
Jeff Bridges for True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
Colin Firth for The King's Speech
James Franco for 127 Hours

This is the first we have seen of Javier Bardem for his performance in Biutiful, taking a place that perhaps may have ben filled by Ryan Gosling or Robert Duvall. Jeff Bridges is regaining momentum after his snub at the Golden Globes to continue campaigning for his performance in True Grit, which arguably could have been a supporting role. This is an ample opportunity for Colin Firth to seek revenge on him since because of last years awards season. Jesse Eisenberg is back, even though he probably won't win any awards, along with James Franco. Overall, this is a good category, just with some head scratching on Bardem's behalf.

Annette Bening for The Kid's Are All Right
Julianne Moore for The Kid's Are All Right
Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Noomi Rapace for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit

Here's surprise #1. This category could have had Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman and/or Michelle Williams in it. But the BAFTA's shook it up. The Kid's Are All Right gets a double bill, with both Annette Bening and Julianne Moore getting a nod, as opposed to just Annette Bening. Of course, Natalie Portman gets her nomination for Black Swan, but I can see an upset here. There are two more real surprises though: Noomi Rapace and most of all Hailee Steinfeld. Rapace got nominated at the Critics Choice, and I think it's great that people are applauding her in this way, but does she stand a chance of getting an Oscar? Probably not. Hailee Steinfeld's nomination is a surprise because you would have thought that the mean nominators would have put her in the supporting category, even though she is really the lead. It's strange to see such a young actress up against such actresses, but I applaud her for coming this far...and the nominators for shaking this category up.

Christian Bale for The Fighter
Andrew Garfield for The Social Network
Pete Postlethwaite for The Town
Mark Ruffalo for The Kid's Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech

There will be cries through the film community that they are so glad that the late Pete Postlethwaite got nominated for The Town. No Jeremy Renner, just Pete and his last great performace. Mark Ruffalo also comes through in the-spot-that-can't-be-filled, which is nice to see. Geoffrey Rush should get some favouritism because The King's Speech is basically made for this awards ceremony. You know that Christian Bale will win, since he has been all season, but I'm hoping at least one of these fine actors will upset his campaign...just for fun. Of course this category gets major happiness from me, since ANDREW GARFIELD is nominated, but surely they would have nominated him for Never Let Me Go. This category is good, especially because of the surprise nomination of Pete Postlethwaite.

Amy Adams for The Fighter
Helena Bohnam Carter for The King's Speech
Barbara Hershey for Black Swan
Lesley Manville for Another Year
Miranda Richardson for Made in Dagenham

Well helloooooo. Looks like the person who has been sweeping this category, Melissa Leo, isn't even nominated! Instead, Amy Adams gets in for the same film, and I can see her winning, which will make for an epic fightout at the Oscars. Many people have commented on how Mila Kunis is wrongfully nominated over Barbara Hershey for Black Swan, and it looks like the BAFTA people listened, and gave them what they wanted. I've heard that Lesley Manville and Miranda Richardson were good in their films, but I feel kinda uneasy about them getting in. Her royal highness miss Helena 'Bitchy Eyeroll' Bohnam Carter gets another nomination, which maybe successful, if Amy Adams doesn't get the award. As happy as I am that there's no Melissa Leo and there's Barbara Hershey, this category doesn't feel as elite as all the rest.

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
Danny Boyle for 127 Hours
David Fincher for The Social Network
Tom Hooper for The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan for Inception

Come on BAFTA's, be good to Chris Nolan. After all, he is more British than American, and he might as well be your national asset. You know what I think? David Fincher doesn't stand a chance in this category. The awards don't seem amazingly pro-The Social Network, and I could see any of the other competitors taking Fincher down. I'm so glad that Danny Boyle has finally been nominated. Like, I know that he's won an Oscar already, but his direction never fails to amaze me, and from what I've seen in the trailer of 127 Hours, it looks so great. The category is pretty much the same as every other one, but this time, I'm sure the winner is going to be different. This better be CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's award.

Black Swan: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin
The Fighter: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Inception: Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
The King's Speech: David Seidler

Look, I know that The King's Speech won the Critics Choice award, and these awards are a little pro-The King's Speech, but I'm still not giving up hope on Christopher Nolan's screenplay for Inception. Someone needs to start recognizing the originality of this script. While the rest of the category is all very good, this category is getting very tired. As long as God wins, I'll be very happy. If he doesn't...well, the winner better be veeeeeeeery good. Otherwise someone's gonna get hurt. You have my attention, best original screenplay...only until Inception wins.

127 Hours: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
The Social Network: Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3: Michael Arndt
True Grit: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Spoiler alert: Aaron Sorkin will win this one. If he doesn't, then it would be a bloody miracle. With all those comparisons to Citizen Kane and whatnot, it's a certainty that this screenplay will win whatever award it's nominated for. The surprise for this category comes from the nomination of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. As I've said before, I feel kinda funny that this film is getting all these nominations, because it is so old. But I'm happy that the screenplay has been recognized, because it is pretty good, and I personally think it's better than the book. 127 Hours gets another look in, as does the 'adapted' screenplay of Toy Story 3. The Coen's get in again for their True Grit script, rounding out quite a good category, which just isn't getting tired yet.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I Am Love
Of Gods and Men
The Secret in Their Eyes

Gah. More I Am Love. Yeah, I get that it's supposed to be a good film, but don't people find it to be a little too melodramatic? It's amazing that last years Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes has got in, and it would be weird if it doesn't manage to win this. If you haven't seen it, see it now, for it is fantastic. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets some more love, and could possibly win this award. This category seems to bring together the peoples choice of foreign films, as opposed to what we saw at the Golden Globes. If I Am Love wins, I am going to cry. The Secret in Their Eyes deserves this, even if it has the advantage of the Oscar.

Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3

I like this category. It is short and sweet, containing just the best of last years animated features. Yeah, Toy Story 3 will win, by a landslide, but it's so great to see all the love for How to Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me. Tangled and The Illusionist are notably missing, though most will be happy with these three representing the year of animated films. The fact that they aren''t all made by the same studios is also great, too.

Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Tom Hardy
Aaron Johnson
Emma Stone

Soon I shall be doing a whole article based solely on this category. I mean, look at the talent. It is hard to pick just one, because you feel like you will then have to pick them all. Gemma Arterton has her blockbusters--Prince of Persia and Clash of the Titans, and her good performances--The Disappearance of Alice Creed. Andrew Garfield has his great performances--Never Let Me Go and The Social Network, and his upcoming Spiderman movie. Tom Hardy has the standout performance in Inception, plus his star turn in Bronson, which is trickling through on DVD in some places. Aaron Johnson has his John Lennon performance in Nowhere Boy and his star-making role in Kick-Ass. Emma Stone has all the crap she's starred in ages ago plus her brilliant lead role in Easy A. It's going to be a tough category...they could all win!

So what's that? 9 Leo's and 3 Zuck's. Looks like the BAFTA's can be this years best awards ceremony.


  1. The BAFTAs did indeed come out with some suprises this year, but, going by your rating system, I would give Steve to the animated category. Why the fuck was The Illusionist not nominated? (To be honest, it should be up for best film and best director across the board, but in my wildest dreams that'd happen. I guess no one got it being the best film of 10' and all...)

    My mum randomly got Despicable Me on Pirate, so I managed to watch it - it was enjoyable enough, it was good escapism in terms of the hard-hitting stuff I'd been watching over the past few weeks, but the fact that that film edged it's way in over The Illusionist made me seriously go "THE FUCK?"

    Awards tend to shun animated films, especially ones that aren't generally geared at 'Kids' which is a pain in the ass.

    The only ones that get any recognition, are Pixar, Dreamworks and Studio Ghibli's stuff, and even though the Pixar and Ghibli crop are great, some of the best films come out of non-studio productions.

    It's gonna take a while for animation to be seen by the general Hollywood award shows as a legitmate tool in filmmaking (one that it truly is.)

    Managed to FINALLY watch Blue Valentine yesterday too, and I'm still emotionally reeling from the events of that film. Holy fuck, that film is too beautiful for words (hence why I wondered where The Gos and Williams got to in best acting categories, and screenplay, editing, direction and film while we're at it haha.)

    Think I already told you about the weeping when I went to see King Kong, and since then, I haven't cried in the cinema, but oh lord, I couldn't stop in Blue Valentine, it was a neverending stream.

    But hey, that's me complaining over award shows. Awards don't define the awesome of the film. Though they get it wrong on a lot of occassions, they can get it right sometimes, and the BAFTAs this year haven't done too badly in making you have "didn't expect that," reaction.

    Other than my moaning, (I am truly sorry for that, I needed to vent somewhere - I'm gonna end up making a blog for my film zine I'm making if I get round to it, so I guess that'll be somewhere for me to vent - ) I really enjoyed your post. And your Leo/Zuck and Steve ratings are always good too see (really like the new design of your blog btw, on a random note.)

  2. I was wondering where The Illusionist was. I mean, I thought the BAFTA people (I don't know what their official 'title' is) would nominate a French film. I must find out when I can get that movie here, I reeeeally want to see it (especially after you have said so many good things about it!)

    It pisses me off that Hollywood doesn't see animation that way. I don't really get the difference. There are still real people involved, and there are people still acting as a character...what's different? It's strange...

    Omg I'm so jealous of you watching Blue Valentine! I have no idea when that comes out here. It looks like the kind of movie which I'd become a trainwreck in. That was noticably missing in these awards, but I'm not really sure whether there is still room for it at the Oscars. Oh well, just a week until we find out.

    Awards can't define the awesomeness of a film or a person. Afterall, Christopher Nolan has never won anything; Pulp Fiction didn't win best picture; Let the Right One In never even got nominated. They're all still great, though.

    Vent all you like, I'm glad I have been able to provide a place for you to vent, haha. Thanks for enjoying the post. And thanks for enjoying the new blog design. I'm liking it a lot, so it should be here to stay for a while.

  3. Exactly! I thought it was a sure-fire in for a nom at least (even though, of course, it was never going to bag the gold with Toy Story 3 lurking in the pack,) because the BAFTAS seem to be a little more giving when it comes to non-American stuff, even in some cases, their own Brit films.

    If you can't catch The Illusionist somewhere, definitely try and buy Belleville Rendez-vous, it's by the same director (Sylvain Chomet) and it is so beautiful, a turn-back into the silent era or something. It's a great taster for The Illusionist too. So glad you wanna see the film, though! It'll be nice if someone else enjoys the film as much as I do, or as you have, taken interest in it!

    Hollywood are pretty into their 'Dramas' though, so it's like nothing else can get a word in edgwise, including other genres (most notably, horror and comedy.)

    If you're desperate to watch it, I think it popped up online a few days ago, so it's always there if you can't find anywhere to watch it, but yes, everything great said about it, times that by 10 million, and you've got the film (I'll probably calm down a little over the next few days and my opinion on the film will solidify, but that's how I feel now!) I'd be suprised if you didn't like it though, but yes, highly recommend - try and see it whenever it comes out in NZ.

    The only way underrated directors, writers, actors, editors etc. will get noticed is if they die, which I have always found weird. I guess it's all about having that mainstream break - getting into the Hollywood doorway, and you'll usually be up for awards. After all, most of it is political - and in the case of the Globes - bribary based.

    The new blog design does open up the blog feels a lot brighter, and those are the blog designs I feel work the best!


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