The Baftas…

By Mariam Okasha

Awards season is upon us. And if you’re an awards season fanatic like me you probably saw the Baftas last Sunday.

So, how will the Baftas affect the Oscar race? (Not that much but please keep reading.)

First lets do a quick recap of what went down on Sunday.

Personally, I’ve always preferred the Baftas to the Oscars. I always felt the British academy nominated and awarded based on talent rather than the “politics of campaigning” which is what the Oscars have been repeatedly doing.

But even with my love goggles on, the Baftas let me down hard.

Especially since the Baftas were one of the few award ceremonies this season that actually acknowledged some of the best movies of 2011 like Drive and We need to talk about Kevin (although it did ignore The Tree of Life and Melancholia.)

Let’s break down some of the categories:

  •  Best Original Screenplay:

Woody Allen has won every other significant award in this category for his amazing film Midnight In Paris, yet the Baftas gave the award to The Artist instead.  First blow of the night? Check. Even with this though I think Woody’s chances of taking the best original screenplay Oscar are still pretty solid.

  •  Best Actress:

I am a huge Meryl Streep fan and I thought she was fantastic in The Iron Lady (I think the film itself would have fallen way below the flat line if it hadn’t been for her more than solid performance) but if anything this was Viola Davis’ award.

Actually if it were up to me, Tilda Swinton (who I lovingly call My Queen in private) would have gotten the award no questions asked. Her performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin was nothing short of perfection. Even though it was predicted that she probably won’t win because of the difficulty of the role she played, I still had a tiny glimmer of hope that maybe just maybe the Baftas would go against the stream.

  •  Best Actor:

Jean Dujardin and George Clooney’s performances this year are great but nothing compared to the other nominees, specifically Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Michael Fassbender in Shame. All right so, Fassbender’s performance was another touchy subject so him getting the award was a long shot but I was secretly hoping for Oldman to get the Bafta in order to at least make him a contender in the Oscar race instead of it just being between Clooney and Dujardin. I guess him finally getting nominated for an Academy Award will have to do for now.

 

And here’s the full list of winners once again:

BEST FILM: “The Artist”

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

LEADING ACTOR: Jean Dujardin in The Artist

LEADING ACTRESS: Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

OUTSTANDING BRITISH DEBUT: “Tyrannosaur”

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: “The Skin I Live In”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

DOCUMENTARY: “Senna”

ANIMATED FILM: “Rango”

 

All that’s left to do is wait and see what the Oscars will bring in 2 weeks. Although it doesn’t look like there will be any surprises. I think most categories are pretty locked up, like the best supporting actress/actor award are now definitely going to Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer respectively. Best director had been pretty much decided since Michel Hazanavicius won the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film for The Artist.

Right now I think Dujardin has the edge over Clooeny for best actor (looks like those film posters didn’t bother voters so much.)

The only real question mark though, is the best actress category. So far it is a very tight race between Viola and Meryl. I just think if Meryl were to win her third Oscar (which will happen –whether it’s this year or not- it’s inevitable) it should be for a bigger performance and a better film than The Iron Lady. But that’s just me.

Now please enjoy -again or for the first time- the best moment in the history of the Baftas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s2D6gs1Ui0

So what do you think? Did you catch Miss Piggy on the red carpet? Do you think Gary has a chance at winning the Oscar? Did you find Stephen Fry as annoying as I did? Do you want to watch the Meryl Streep Cinderella moment video again?

Comment away!

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