British film’s big night – The Baftas


Tonight I will be watching the 2012 BAFTA Film awards which I always find is a great appetiser to the main event that, however hard this may be being an Englishman, is undoubtedly the Oscars.

The Baftas though themselves have their rightful and respectful place in the Academy world and British film has provided some of the best moments in Cinema and unquestionably, the best acting talent in the world.

The Baftas are the class act in the Award season and a national tradition to be proud of.

Stephen Fry, there is none no more classy, will host tonight’s ceremony on BBC1 at 9pm.

Tonight’s biggest battle for Bafta glory will be between Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and George Clooney (The Descendants) for Best Actor.

I would very much like to see Clooney prevail, and for me just edges Oldman with a more believable and natural performance. Clooney has never been better than as the grief stricken dad, but Oldman is probably going to be the most likely winner on a night of celebration of all things British, but he will be no less deserved of his honour.

The two films will also battle it out for Best Film and again for me ‘The Descendants’ is the better Movie but ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ is most likely to win; a high quality example of what British Film does best, superb acting by an exemplary British ensemble cast in an almost Shakespearean crucible of on screen theatre.

On a personal note; its really good to see ‘Drive’ get notable nominations in the big categories.

claratsimovieblog.com reviews of ‘The Descendants’ and ‘Drive’

 

Here are tonight’s nominees:

 

Best Film

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

The Help

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Film Not in the English Language

Incendies

Pina

Potiche

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

 

Outstanding British Film

My Week with Marilyn

Senna

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need to Talk About Kevin

 

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

 

Original Screenplay

The Artist

Bridesmaids

The Guard

The Iron Lady

Midnight in Paris

 

Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants

The Help

The Ides of March

Moneyball

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Cinematography

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

 

Editing

The Artist

Drive

Hugo

Senna

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

 

Production Design

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

 

Make Up & Hair

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Hugo

The Iron Lady

My Week with Marilyn

 

Costume Design

The Artist

Hugo

Jane Eyre

My Week with Marilyn

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Special Visual Effects

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Hugo

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

War Horse

 

Documentary

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Project Nim

Senna

 

Sound

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

 

Original Music

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Animated Film

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Arthur Christmas

Rango

 

Leading Actor

Brad Pitt (Billy Beane) – Moneyball

Gary Oldman (George Smiley) – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

George Clooney (Matt King) – The Descendants

Jean Dujardin (George Valentin) – The Artist

Michael Fassbender (Brandon) – Shame

 

Leading Actress

Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller) – The Artist

Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher) – The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams (Marilyn Monroe) – My Week with Marilyn

Tilda Swinton (Eva) – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark) – The Help

 

Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer (Hal) – Beginners

Jim Broadbent (Denis Thatcher) – The Iron Lady

Jonah Hill (Peter Brand) – Moneyball

Kenneth Branagh (Sir Laurence Olivier) – My Week with Marilyn

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Paul Zara) – The Ides of March

 

Supporting Actress

Carey Mulligan (Irene) – Drive

Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote) – The Help

Judi Dench (Dame Sybil Thorndike) – My Week with Marilyn

Melissa McCarthy (Megan) – Bridesmaids

Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson) – The Help

 

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