February 11th, 2012

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Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs 2012) take place tomorrow



The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) will take place tomorrow (Sunday 12 February 2012) at the Royal Opera House in London. The Orange British Academy Film Awards rewards the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year and they are the biggest and most important film awards in Britain.

The Red Carpet Show will be screened on BBC3 at 7:30pm, with the main Awards ceremony being screened on BBC1 from 9:00pm onwards. After the television broadcast, the BBC show will be available to watch on iPlayer. For viewers outside of the UK, the programme can be seen internationally in a number of countries.

I have selected below the key categories, listing all the nominees. I have highlighted in bold and underlined those that I am backing!

Topline Summary
Films that I am backing - The Help, We need to talk about Kevin, Coriolanus
Films that I am NOT backing - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (sorry Benedict!)

What I will say is that I am really disappointed that smaller independent films do not get more of a look in. I am also really disappointed that Coriolanus only gets one nomination. Having seen many of the films that get many more nominations, I can honestly say, with my hand on my heart, that that is a travesty. I also feel that both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights deserved nominations that, for whatever reason, have just not surfaced here.

Anyway, let battle commence and may the best man win!

BEST FILM
THE ARTIST - Thomas Langmann
THE DESCENDANTS - Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
DRIVE - Marc Platt, Adam Siegel
THE HELP - Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY - Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN - Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges
SENNA - Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey
SHAME - Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY - Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN - Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno, Rory Stewart Kinnear

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
ATTACK THE BLOCK - Joe Cornish (Director/Writer)
BLACK POND - Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)
CORIOLANUS - Ralph Fiennes (Director)
SUBMARINE - Richard Ayoade (Director/Writer)
TYRANNOSAUR - Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)

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

DOCUMENTARY - To my shame, I have not seen any of these, so I can't comment.
GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD - Martin Scorsese, Olivia Harrison, Nigel Sinclair
PROJECT NIM - James Marsh, Simon Chinn
SENNA - Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Manish Pandey

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

LEADING ACTRESS - Too hard to choose! I like them all!
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

SUPPORTING ACTOR - Too hard to choose! I like them all!
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER - Beginners
JIM BROADBENT - The Iron Lady
JONAH HILL - Moneyball
KENNETH BRANAGH - My Week with Marilyn
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN - The Ides of March

SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Too hard to choose! I like them all!
CAREY MULLIGAN - Drive
JESSICA CHASTAIN - The Help
JUDI DENCH - My Week with Marilyn
MELISSA MCCARTHY - Bridesmaids
OCTAVIA SPENCER - The Help

ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD - Come on TOM, Come on EDDIE!
ADAM DEACON
CHRIS HEMSWORTH
TOM HIDDLESTON
CHRIS O’DOWD
EDDIE REDMAYNE

Follow the link for a full list of all the Awards, a full list of all the nominees, and to find out all about the Awards and the event:
http://www.bafta.org/film/awards/
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BAFTAs 2012: My favourite film of 2011 is Coriolanus!

Regardless of whether it got the nominations in or not, my favourite film of last year, that secured a BAFTA nomination, towering head and shoulders above the rest, is CORIOLANUS.


Photo credit: http://www.hollywood.com/news/Exclusive_Shakespeare_Goes_to_War_in_New_Coriolanus_Promo_Images/14129319


Photo credit: http://www.hollywood.com/news/Exclusive_Shakespeare_Goes_to_War_in_New_Coriolanus_Promo_Images/14129319

So I have awarded my BAFTA for Best Film 2011 a day early!

My review of Coriolanus is here:
http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/230434.html