Last night saw the presentation of the BAFTAs, or for you non-Brits out there, the British Academy of Film and Television Art awards. Now, I didn’t watch because the very idea of watching an awards show is enough to put me into a coma.
Basically, they’re the closest the UK has to the Academy Awards, though I can’t be confident they have the same level of nepotism and corruption, but it’s probably pretty close.
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at them and see how they compare to the Oscars in a few weeks time.
Best Film went to Fargo, excuse me, Argo, which has been doing the rounds and picking up awards left, right and centre. Shamefully, I’ve yet to see it but have heard nothing but good things. Can’t see it beating Lincoln, which is just pure Oscar bait.
Outstanding British Film went to Skyfall, in what an increasingly tenuous category. That Les Mis was the only nomination in both categories and the prize went to possibly the most absurd Bond film of all time, tells you everything you need to know about that one.
Leading Actor. Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln. Was it ever going to be anyone else? A very good performance, but not quite as transcendentally brilliant as some are suggesting.
Leading Actress. Emmanuelle Riva – Amour. Another embarrassment as I’ve not yet seen any of those films.
Supporting Actor. Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained. A very enjoyable performance, but nowhere close to the fantastic Philip Seymour Hoffman in the dire, The Master.
Supporting Actress. Anne Hathaway – Les Mis. Heard great things about her performance, but find it hard to believe she was better than the fantastic Amy Adams in the dire, The Master.
Director. Ben Affleck. Has anyone ever undergone such a dramatic transformation and gained such deserved critical acclaim as Mr Affleck, the director? I doubt it.
Original Screenplay. Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained. Wrote about this before it came out (read here) and was completely right, unfortunately. Can’t see him deserving this one as the script was pretty sloppy for him.
Adapted Screenplay. Watched about 20 minutes of this. Irritating beyond belief. Will try again, but certainly not better than the fantastic Beasts of the Southern Wild (review, here).
Animated Film. Brave. No, just no. Probably the worst film Pixar have ever made, which means it is a pretty good film. Generic uninspiring pap. Frankenweenie is infinitely superior to it in every way.
I’ve missed out a few categories due to being either incapable of judging (ie sound editing) or having not seen enough of the films to have an opinion (though it’s ever stopped me before!) But that is basically my opinion of the winners. See you for The Oscars!