Genkina hito predicts the 2011 BAFTA Awards

With the BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) due to take place on the 13th February, the British film industry gets a chance to wave the flag for British talent and reward films from the rest of the world. The issue of what is or isn’t a British film depends upon the amount of British involvement but it is safe to say that Britain had a good year (apart from the UK Film Council getting axed).

Anyway, here’s what I think should win. When the results are read out on BBC One I’ll be able to compare and contrast. In the meantime I’ll probably change my mind after watching a few more films but first… 

Really? What the hell?

I don’t understand how Jennifer Lawrence is not in the best actress category. Actually… where’s Winter’s Bone?

Nicholas Cage is overlooked for his performance in The Bad Lieutenant. He resurrected his film career and restored my faith in humanity.

No mention of The Illusionist even though it was animated in the UK.

Update: 16th Feb – Results are here

Best Film

Black Swan

True Grit


The King’s Speech

The Social Network

The King’s Speech is a brilliantly made film but I like the fact that Inception was much more intelligent and adventurous. It used the power of cinema to craft a spectacle that is really worth watching again and again.

Best director

Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

David Fincher – The Social Network

Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech

Christopher Nolan – Inception

Danny Boyle – 127 Hours

I have yet to watch Black Swan so I am keeping an open mind but Christopher Nolan should get this for Inception. Unlike the Oscars, the BAFTA’s have recognised the fact that Inception needed a director with Nolan’s vision to create the spectacle of last year.

Best actor

Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

James Franco – 127 Hours

Javier Bardem – Biutiful

Jeff Bridges – True Grit

The very English Colin Firth and his performance as the King of England. This is the British Academy of Film and Television. Okay, I’m being flippant but Firth brings so much power to the role and made me empathise with him and his travails.

Best actress

Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right

Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right

Noomi Rapace – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

Noomi Rapace made a bi-sexual hacker something of a cultural icon. She went through some harrowing sexual assault scenes that made me look away. One question… Where’s Jennifer Lawrence.

Best supporting actor

Christian Bale – The Fighter

Pete Postlethwaite – The Town

Andrew Garfield – The Social Network

Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Andrew Garfield might be the next Spider Man but I will always remember him for “You Better Lawyer Up.” At the centre of the film was a guy who just burned all the relationships around him and Andrew Garfield’s performance made it even more poignant.

Best supporting actress

Amy Adams – The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech

Barbara Hershey – Black Swan

Lesley Manville – Another Year

Miranda Richardson – Made in Dagenham

Ask me after I have watched Black Swan.

Outstanding British film

127 Hours

Another Year

Four Lions

The King’s Speech

Made in Dagenham

This is the film that all of Britain can get behind regardless of politics (unless you are a republican in which case try supporting a useful cause like Amnesty International or Oxfam).

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

The Arbor – Clio Bernard (director), Tracy O’Riordan (producer)

Exit Through The Gift Shop – Banksy (director), Jaimie D’Cruz (producer)

Four Lions – Chris Morris (director/writer)

Monsters – Gareth Edwards (director/writer)

Skeletons – Nick Whitfield (director/Writer)

Chris Morris is a comedy legend and Four Lions was great, slightly uneven. Gareth Edwards Monsters was a fantastic antidote to CGI sci-fi and the story of its making shows the director is a man of many talents. I figure that The Arbor is going to take this. Critics have been praising this since the London Film Festival and it has been described as the first film of the David Cameron (British Prime minister) era so you can see the importance attached to it. I haven’t seen it.

Best foreign language film

Biutiful – Mexico/Spain

The Secret in Their Eyes – Argentina

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Sweden

I Am Love – Italy

Of Gods and Men – France

I Am Love left me cold whilst The Secret in Their Eyes lacked tension. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, although harrowing in its depiction of sexual assault and followed by lacklustre follow-ups, was the most memorable out of all the non-English language films I had watched last year. And I saw quite a few.

Best animated feature film

Toy Story 3

How To Train Your Dragon

Despicable Me

Everybody else, go home. Hang on… Where’s The Illusionist? It’s a UK/France co-production. UK. It managed to get nominated for an Oscar but not a BAFTA. That waves the flag for UK films… Is it because the director is French?

Best original screenplay

Black Swan – Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin

The Fighter – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson

Inception – Christopher Nolan

The Kids are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

The King’s Speech – David Seidler

I think it’s fair to say that writing this must have been an effort beyond heroic. Give the man a medal.

Best adapted screenplay

127 Hours – Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel

The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

Toy Story 3 – Michael Arndt

True Grit – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

A film about Facebook and people arguing about it… and it was interesting. Who would have thought it could happen.

Best original score

127 Hours – AR Rahman

Alice in Wonderland – Danny Elfman

How To Train Your Dragon – John Powell

Inception – Hans Zimmer

The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat

Epic is a word that is used too much. It is essential here.


127 Hours

Black Swan


The King’s Speech

True Grit

I can’t decide this one.


127 Hours

Black Swan


The King’s Speech

The Social Network

 Makes programming look exciting.

Production design

Alice in Wonderland

Black Swan


The King’s Speech

True Grit

British critics will love the heritage and regal nature of the design or go with the dreamscapes created for Inception. Both are worthy contenders.

Costume design

Alice in Wonderland

Black Swan

The King’s Speech

Made in Dagenham

True Grit

British period fashion, the critics will lap this up.


127 Hours

Black Swan


The King’s Speech

True Grit

A film where every cough and shuffle emphasises the embarrassment of the crowds listening to every stutter and throat spasm which conveys the struggle with a merciless speech impediment and every shout and swear word a glorious fight back.


Special Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland

Black Swan

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I


Toy Story 3

Corridor fight. Fold-up Paris. Need I say more… Repeating myself.

Make-up and hair

Alice in Wonderland

Black Swan

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I

The King’s Speech

Made in Dagenham

Either Alice or The King should take this one.

Short animation

The Eagleman Stag

Matter Fisher


Short film





Until The River Runs Red

Rising Star Award (voted for by the public – which normally means whoever is the biggest celebrity wins)

Gemma Arterton

Andrew Garfield

Tom Hardy

Aaron Johnson

Emma Stone

Tom Hardy? I like him. Aaron Johnson was pretty convincing as a comic-book geek. I love you Emma Stone but Andrew Garfield takes this for his performances in The Social Network and Red Riding. And Doctor Who.

If you’re still reading after all of this, here’s a reward…

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