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BAFTA Nominations

The BAFTA nominations are out. Hopefully they can restore my faith (not that I ever had much) in awards after the debacle that was the Golden Globes. I am a little disappointed to see so many films nominated that aren’t out in the UK yet but fortunately most of them are coming out soon so I will get to see them before the awards are given out. Here are the nominations with a few of my thoughts on the subject:

BEST FILM

  • Avatar
  • An Education
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire
  • Up In The Air

Inglorious Bastards really deserved a nomination ahead of Avatar. I’m note sure what loophole got Precious a nomination as it isn’t released in the UK for another week. For me a clear winner is The Hurt Locker but I fear Avatar may do it.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

  • An Education
  • Fish Tank
  • In The Loop
  • Moon
  • Nowhere Boy

I didn’t see In the Loop, all the others were good, it’s a close call between Fish Tank and An Education for me.

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

  • LUCY BAILEY, ANDREW THOMPSON, ELIZABETH MORGAN HEMLOCK, DAVID PEARSON Directors, Producers – Mugabe and the White African
  • ERAN CREEVY Writer/Director – Shifty
  • STUART HAZELDINE Writer/Director – Exam
  • DUNCAN JONES Director – Moon
  • SAM TAYLOR-WOOD Director – Nowhere Boy

No contest, it has to be Duncan Jones for Moon.

DIRECTOR

  • James Cameron – Avatar
  • Neill Blomkamp – District 9
  • Lone Scherfig – An Education
  • Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
  • Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

Great to see Tarantino nominated but again for he it has to be Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Jon Lucas, Scott Moore – The Hangover
  • Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
  • Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
  • Joel Coen, Ethan Coen – A Serious Man
  • Bob Peterson, Pete Docter – Up

Clear winner: Tarantino and his Basterds.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – District 9
  • Nick Hornby – An Education
  • Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche – In The Loop
  • Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire
  • Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air

Two things stood out about An Education the acting and how well written it was so has to be Nick Hornby.

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  • Broken Embraces
  • Coco Before Chanel
  • Let The Right One In
  • A Prophet
  • The White Ribbon

My movie of the year last year Let The Right One in.  The White Ribbon was also really good and could be in with a strong chance.

ANIMATED FILM

  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Up

I have to go for Fantastic Mr Fox as it is the only one of the three I saw but I suspect it will be Up.

LEADING ACTOR

  • Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney – Up in the Air
  • Colin Firth – A Single Man
  • Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
  • Andy Serkis – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Of the nominations I have only seen The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air. Crazy Heart and A Single Man are not out yet and although Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll is out it is on very limited release and I haven’t seen it. The two I have seen were both excellent performances and I would be happy for it to go to either of them.

LEADING ACTRESS

  • Carey Mulligan – An Education
  • Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
  • Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  • Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
  • Audrey Tautou – Coco Before Chanel

Precious comes out next week and The Lovely Bones next month. I missed Julie & Julia at the cinema. Coco Before Chanel was a very average film but Audrey Tautou was very good in it but a clear winner has to be Carey Mulligan for An Education.

SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Alec Baldwin – It’s Complicated
  • Christian McKay – Me and Orson Welles
  • Alfred Molina – An Education
  • Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
  • Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

One of the few the golden globes got right, Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Anne-Marie Duff – Nowhere Boy
  • Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
  • Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
  • Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  • Kristin Scott-Thomas – Nowhere Boy

I will reserve judgment until I have seen Precious but have seen the other two films that make up the other four nominations and can say they are all great with Kristin Scott-Thomas just edging it.

MUSIC

  • Avatar – James Horner
  • Crazy Heart – T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
  • Fantastic Mr Fox – Alexandre Desplat
  • Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Chaz Jankel
  • Up – Michael Giacchino

I haven’t seen enough of the films to have an opinion.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Avatar – Mauro Fiore
  • District 9 – Trent Opaloch
  • The Hurt Locker – Barry Ackroyd
  • Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson
  • The Road – Javier Aguirresarobe

A close call, but The Hurt Locker just edges out The Road for me.

EDITING

  • Avatar – Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
  • District 9 – Julian Clarke
  • The Hurt Locker – Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
  • Inglourious Basterds – Sally Menke
  • Up In The Air – Dana E. Glauberman

The Hurt Locker Again.

PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds was brilliantly designed but it was the one thing that Avatar was faultless on s I have to say Avatar.

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Bright Star
  • Coco Before Chanel
  • An Education
  • A Single Man
  • The Young Victoria

My choise Inglourious Basterds isn’t nominated so I will reserve judgment as I haven’t seen the film that I have been told should win it, A single man.

SOUND

  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Star Trek
  • Up

Avatar will probably clean up with the technical awards but I would go with The Hurt Locker.

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Star Trek

Has to be Avatar.

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

  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Carey Mulligan
  • Tahar Rahim
  • Kristen Stewart

I have already blogged on this subject. My vote has already been cast for Carey Mulligan.

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