Wednesday, 19 January 2011

BAFTAs 2011 Nominations

The BAFTA nominations were released yesterdayThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts first started in 1947 and since have become the British equivalent of the Oscars. 
The BAFTAs are one of my favourite events of the year, mixing the best in film with the best in television; it makes for an unmissable night. 
Here are some of the main categories and the nominees I believe should win...

Black Swan
True Grit
The King's Speech
The Social Network

This is always going to be a tough one, especially if, like me, you haven’t seen all those nominated (despite wanting to, of course), so it’s hard to compare them. Out of the three I have seen (Inception, The King’s Speech and The Social Network) I would choose The Social Network, with Inception a close runner up. The Social Network and Black Swan are ‘Academy’ type films, so it will definitely be a close one this year. 


127 hours
Another Year
Four Lions
The King’s Speech
Made in Dagenham
For me it’s between 127 hours and The King’s Speech. Four Lions was quite a controversial film, so it depends how the Academy want to play this category. The King’s Speech has only just been released, and Another Year had many good reviews, so again it will be an interesting result. 
127 hours - Danny Boyle
Black Swan - Darren Aronofsky
Inception - Christopher Nolan
The King’s Speech - Tom Hooper
The Social Network - David Fincher
After Boyle’s success last year, it would be good to see either Nolan or Fincher win this year, both ridiculously good directors. The best directed for me is Inception, as it was such a clever, complicated film, but Nolan made the shifts between dreams and realities look effortless - a beautiful film. 
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
For sheer originality Inception deserves to win. Nolan created such a genius film that is complicated, but never feels complicated and always makes complete sense. Perfection. 
127 hours
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
During, after, and since watching The Social Network I commented on how funny, clever and sharp the writing in this remarkable film was. Never lagging, always unpredictable, the writing was what made the film for me (as well as the great acting of course). It’s refreshing.
Javier Bardem - Biutiful
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King’s Speech
James Franco - 127 hours
Before I saw The King’s Speech I would have chosen Jesse Eisenberg for sure. His portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg was outstanding, but Firth may have out done him... just. This may have been helped by the directing, writing, everything, to make him look good. But mostly it’s just because he’s so good. Eisenberg has plenty of time to win a BAFTA, so hopefully he’ll back next year on top. 
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Noomi Rapace - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
Absolutely the winner here will be Natalie Portman. From what I’ve seen of Black Swan; it was made for her. Moore and Bening were also pretty good in The Kids Are All Right so they may be the dark horses here. 

So who do you want to win? Find out the winners on Sunday 13th February! 

You can still vote for the Orange Wednesday Rising Star Award by clicking here.

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