BAFTA 2012

This year I didn’t post any predictions as to who would win at the BAFTAs because my taste is so idiosyncratic. I was tempted to miss it because I want this blog to focus on Japanese films and there was no Japanese film presence at the BAFTA’s but I ended up watching anyway because I love cinema.

So, armed with Chinese food and a degree of hope that some interesting films would win I watched as beautiful actors and actresses strolled up the red carpet.

I hoped to see the following win awards: Drive for Best Picture, Richard Aoyade (Submarine) for Outstanding Debut by a British Director, Michael Fassbender (Shame) or Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor) for Leading Actor. Best Animation is always a waste of time because nothing interesting (read: Japanese) gets nominated but I expected Tintin to win. I hoped The Skin I Live In would take the foreign language award but A Separation offered stiff competition.

I had the suspicion that The Artist would sweep the awards because it has become the juggernaut title of the year like and that suspicion proved correct.

Anyway congratulations to all involved and thanks to the BBC and Stephen Fry for making it watchable. Thanks also to BAFTA for putting up most of the acceptance speeches.

Best Film:

The Artist


Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Leading Actor:

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Leading Actress:

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Supporting Actress:

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Adapted Screenplay:

Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Original Screenplay:

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Animated Film:

Rango – Gore Verbinski

Film Not in the English Language:

The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodóvar

Outstanding British Film:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson,

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer:

Tyrannosaur – Paddy Considine (Director),


Senna – Asif Kapadia,

Animated Film:

Rango – Gore Verbinski

It was great to see John Hurt pick up an award but my highlight was Scorcese’s speech after winning the BAFTA fellowship. It was full of love for cinema and he name-checked Powell & Pressburger who made awesome films.

For a full list of the results please visit the BAFTA website.

Submarine Film Review

SUBMARINE has been earning major praise since last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The name of the director, Richard Ayoade (Moss from the IT Crowd), was a bit surprising. Whilst he has directed music videos for Vampire Weekend and television including Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place and Man to Man with Dean Learner, his film debut with Submarine is surprisingly good.

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2011 A Year of Promise at the Movies (with trailers)

I wanted to do a proper post saying goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011 but a combination of flu and a hang-over laid me out for a few days and all I could manage was a half-hearted adieu to a year that had been good.

2010 was a pretty good year for film (from what I saw, at least). 2011 looks like it is shaping up to have some interesting releases as well. Here’s what has interested me from the trailers and information on the web.

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