The 2012 Bafta’s where held in London last night with ‘The Artist’ the biggest winner with Six awards.
Meryl Streep won in the Best Actress category for her portrayal as ‘Maggie’ in The Iron Lady, probably the biggest shoe in ever.
Jean Dujardin won Best Actor in The Artist.
I haven’t seen The Artist yet so I cannot comment on its merits, but there is reason I did not venture out to my local cinema to see it – it’s silent. Many of last night’s award hopefuls appealed to me enough to take in a viewing and The Artist has not yet done this, until now.
With Bafta success I must say my interest in what many are calling “a gem” has peaked so I will surely now take a look.
The Descendants, Drive and Tinker, Tailor, soldier, Spy all tempted me enough to watch and provide comment on this here blog. All would have been worthy winners, with The Descendants just my pick of the bunch, but The Artist prevailed which has now led me to question
-Did I miss a trick with The Artist? So much so that I didn’t bother to watch it?
Truth be told I couldn’t see enough to persuade me until now to view a silent movie way out of its time, and I didn’t consider such a left field approach, forward thinking enough.
Many have made much of the charm of the film and the bravery by its producers to make a silent movie and perhaps the supposed charm and uniqueness has swayed the voters to celebrate its individualism with honours, which is as worthy a reason as any I guess.
As with many movies over the years that have won major honours and still passed many by, there now must be sense of curiosity about it credentials for those unacquainted and whether it measures up to the accolade. Well, I will now seek The Artist out and pay it the respect it deserves with a viewing, I hope any scepticism I may have doesn’t do it a disservice when I do take a look.
I will report back with my findings, hopefully enlightened.
Here is a list of last nights winners:
Picture: The Artist
Actor: Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Director: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Supporting actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help
Supporting actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Animated film: Rango
Outstanding British film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Film not in the English language: The Skin I Live In
Outstanding debut: Tyrannosaur
Adapted screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan
Original screenplay: The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
Production design: Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
Cinematography: The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
Makeup and hair: The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland, Marese Langan
Costume design: The Artist – Mark Bridges
Editing: Senna – Gregers Sall and Chris King
Sound: Hugo – Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
Original score: The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Rising star award: Adam Deacon
Academy fellowship: Martin Scorsese
Outstanding contribution to British cinema: John Hurt
Special visual effects: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler and David Vickery
Short animation: A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Short film: Pitch Black Heist – John Maclean and Geraldine