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.
Didn’t do that bad with my BAFTA predictions, bounced round the living room when ‘The Hurt Locker’ walked away with the majority of the big awards, something it deserved 100% of! Anyway, this year I have put money on my Oscar predictions – if it all goes well I shall come away with £217 :)).
Film: The Hurt Locker
Director: Katheryn Bigelow
Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker
Adapted Screenplay: In the Loop
Film in a Foreign Language: A Prophet
Animated Film: Up
Actor: Colin Firth
Actress: Gabourey Sibide
Supporting Actor: Matt Damon
Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique
Music: Sherlock Holmes
Cinematography: The Hurt Locker
SFX: Star Trek
Animated Short: A Matter of Loaf and Death
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.)