So I made my predictions as to who would win at the BAFTAs and found that I got about half right. I never counted on the overwhelming good will towards The King’s Speech but it should have been obvious.
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…
Here are the results
The Academy Awards or Oscars are on the 27th of February, the nominations were released on the 25th of January. I’ll list them here. It may change because I’m going to watch True Grit and Black Swan but this is the list and what I think should win. If you want to read what I thought about the films then check the reviews section.
This paragraph will summarise the most important points: this film isn’t as visually spectacular as Avatar but the world it creates is just as or even more immersive and the 3D helps (surprisingly Alice was shot in 2D and retrofitted with 3D). To finish off, the story, dialogue and characterisation are better than Avatar’s albeit still formulaic. That’s it. Read on if you want.