Oscars 2011 Update: BAFTA Nominations

Oh boy, more awards!

I love BAFTA. They not only manage to hit most of the Oscar stuff every year, they also manage to be undeniably British every time. They will, without question or hesitation, vote for a British film or actor over the film or actor that is guaranteed to win Best Picture or Best Actor or whatever. On top of their “Best British Film” category. It’s amazing. In a way, that’s what they should be. Like, if you were the NAACP, I’d expect you to give your Best Film Award to something like Precious. You should. That’s why I love BAFTA.

Anyway, they announced their nominations today, and I haven’t even looked at them yet. I just saw that they were out and immediately came and wrote this introduction. We’re going to find out what the nominees are together:

BEST FILM

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

The Help

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A couple of things here. First — The Artist and The Descendants — two films to beat. Weird no Hugo, but not really. Also, I love how the Brits are more willing to go with the badass offbeat films like Drive, when the Academy just isn’t. They also love going populist, so The Help nomination is no surprise at all. And Tinker Tailor was a given. I’m a bit surprised it made both categories, since I looked down and peeked. But I have it on my Best Picture list. I’m glad they do too. Really, replace The Help with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or Hugo, and you got a perfect list there.

I’d assume either The Artist or The Help is gonna take this. That’s what this feels like.

Outstanding British Film

My Week with Marilyn

Senna

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need to Talk About Kevin

I know a lot of people who are really happy about that Senna inclusion. The rest are all pretty obvious. I had no idea about Kevin, though. No idea it was a British film. Either way, Tinker Tailor looks like an easy winner unless they’re feeling saucy and go with Shame. They’re a very reserved people. Maybe they’ll go for this shit.

BEST LEADING ACTOR

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

George Clooney, The Descendants

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Michael Fassbender, Shame

This is my exact list. I love that. At least I think it’s my exact list. And if it’s not, it’s perfect anyway. I don’t even care who wins here. (Though it’s totally Oldman.)

BEST LEADING ACTRESS

Bérenice 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

This will be the exact Oscar category, except Bejo will go Supporting, which will open up that final spot for Rooney Mara. Or uhh.. who’s the alternate there? Oh, Glenn Close, right. Oh, that’ll be tough for Rooney come nominations day. (This is Meryl and Michelle all the way. Curious to see how they handle Thatcher. Do they not vote for her to make a statement, or do they just vote Meryl and ignore the politics?)

BEST 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

Interesting to see Hoffman go there. BAFTA is usually pretty bizarre with their Supporting nominations. I expect to see stuff like this. I’m slightly surprised to not see Albert Brooks here, but on the other hand, it makes sense, since I feel like that film is more of a Film-Director combo more than any acting performance. Brooks gets more consideration stateside because of who he is. I get that. (This might be Branagh all the way. They love them some Olivier over there. Or Plummer. Actually Plummer. He’s a Brit. They love him.)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Carey Mulligan, Shame

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Judi Dench, My Week with Marilyn

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Not that surprising. Judi was always gonna get on. Remember, this is BAFTA. I’m really curious to see if they automatically go Spencer here. That would be interesting. (Only person missing here is Shailene Woodley, but I get her not being put on, since they had to put Judi on.)

BEST DIRECTOR

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Lynne Ramsey, We Need to Talk About Kevin

The Ramsey nomination is a bit weird. But I love the rest of the list. Give me David Fincher instead of Ramsey and I’d say you’ve got yourself a perfect category. (This should be either Scorsese or Hazanavicius. Alfredson’s a Swede. If he wins this too, then they really love Tinker Tailor. I say they go Hazanavicius, then Scorsese, in that order.)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Artist

Bridesmaids

The Guard

The Iron Lady

Midnight in Paris

This is how you do it! I love these people. Bridesmaids gets the Screenplay nomination, but not the Picture nomination. Pay attention, people, this is how you properly reward films. (Midnight in Paris all the way here. Maybe Artist, but I say Woody takes this.)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Descendants

The Help

The Ides of March

Moneyball

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I like it. I accept that The Help is going to be here. But swap that for Dragon Tattoo and that’s my exact list. Like, the one I’d vote for if I had a ballot. (Also, Descendants and Tinker Tailor are favorites here. Not sure if they’ll give it to Tinker Tailor. My gut says Payne.)

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Wow. What a perfect category this is. This is my Best Picture category, right here. Brilliant job with this one, BAFTA. (It’s The Artist all the way.)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Also think this might be my exact category. Perfect, BAFTA. Really. I love you guys. (Who wins this, though? Hugo? Artist? Does it matter? They’re all great.)

BEST EDITING

The Artist

Drive

Hugo

Senna

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Was gonna say it’s weird to not see Dragon Tattoo here, but with Senna on, it makes perfect sense. Great picking again. I don’t even care what wins here. Whatever wins will totally deserve it.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

I only now just realized that Harry Potter could have been nominated in any of these categories. Says something, doesn’t it? Either way all of these should be here, and Hugo should totally win.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Artist

Hugo

Jane Eyre

My Week with Marilyn

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Like these nominees a lot. Doesn’t even matter what wins (though clearly one of the first three are the choices).

BEST MAKE UP & HAIR

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

The Iron Lady

My Week with Marilyn

No preference here. I’m more interested in the space in the word Makeup they put in there.

BEST SOUND

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Brilliant nominees again. Don’t matter what wins. All deserving.

BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

The Adventures of Tintin

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

War Horse

It’s really seeming like Apes is gonna take this.

BEST ANIMATED FILM

The Adventures of Tintin

Arthur Christmas

Rango

I love this! The Golden Globes list with all the bullshit (Cars 2, Puss in Boots) trimmed off. Love it, BAFTA. (Tintin all the way, you’d think. But Arthur Christmas is a British film. I think that might be a lock no matter what.)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Project Nim

Senna

A Martin Scorsese music documentary, an acclaimed doc about a monkey being raised as a human and probably the most acclaimed documentary to come out of 2011. What a classy list, BAFTA. I love it. (Senna has this down easy, right? Since they got the Outstanding British Film nod too?)

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Incendies

Pina

Potiche

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

Incendies was last year. But still, A Separation can’t lose, right? It’s been steamrolling through everything so far (and rightfully so).

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITE, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

Attack the Block, Joe Cornish

Black Pond, Will Sharpe, Tom Kingsley, Sarah Brocklehurst

Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes

Submarine, Richard Ayoade

Tyrannosaur, Paddy Considine, Diarmid Scrimshaw

My vote is either Submarine or Coriolanus. I haven’t seen the latter, but from what I’ve seen from it, it looks awesome.

BEST SHORT ANIMATION

Abuelas

Bobby Yeah

A Morning Stroll

BEST SHORT FILM

Chalk

Mwansa the Great

Only Sound Remains

Pitch Black Heist

Two and Two

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)

Adam Deacon

Chris Hemsworth

Chris O’Dowd

Eddie Redmaybe

Tom Hiddleston

Guess who doesn’t care about these last three categories? This guy.

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So that’s BAFTA. I don’t really have anything to say about these nominees. It’s really about what wins, and even then not so much. The Brits do their thing, for the most part. It doesn’t really affect what happens here. But I figured I’d tell you about them, in case that changes your line of thinking as to what the Oscars will do. Mostly I did it because I really like most of the categories. BAFTA felt really awesome this year.

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