I could have done this when the Golden Globes noms were announced. But I’m kinda lazy, plus the BAFTAs are nearer to the biggie of the awards season (the Academy Awards) so let’s rake through this year’s nominations.
First of all, a sense of frustration over choice snubs from the main categories. I would have expected gems like The Raid, Chasing Ice and Pirates! to be in the Best Foreign Language Film, Documentary and Animated Film respectively but it seems that they didn’t really tick any boxes at BAFTA….which is bollocks. I don’t understand why The Raid and Chasing Ice were not included; they were two of the best films released last year and it is like the voters played it safe, rather than tackle martial arts and climate control in their choices. Plus, no Spielberg for Lincoln, which has been nominated for practically everything else?! Oh, the injustice…also, Best Debut for a British writer and Best British Film is missing Sightseers.
There were no real surprises in the acting categories (The Master easily dominating with a nominee in Best Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, with both Cooper and Lawrence receiving nominations for Silver Linings Playbook) but no Anthony Hopkins for Hitchcock? Hmmm…
I’m rooting for Anne Hathaway as Best Supporting Actress; she’s just fabulous.
Love that Tarantino and Affleck have gotten directorial nods for Django and Argo, not to mention nominations in the Best Film category. (Note: how come Brit directors have also been snubbed – where’s Wheatley and Wright?) Huzzah for Moonrise Kingdom being in Best Original Screenplay (though I wish it was in more creative categories), The Avengers in Best Special Effects but the Best Documentary category is too easy.
I’m hoping Django and Argo will do well in the ceremony…but knowing how the world works, I won’t be surprised if Lincoln and Les Misérables sweep the board, paving the way for the Oscars.