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.

The Skin I Live In

The Skin I Live In Review HeaderI cannot claim to be a fan of Pedro Almodóvar. The subjects of his films rarely interest me. After reading a plot synopsis of The Skin I Live In I could not resist its lure or the chance to reappraise my views of him as a director.

Doctor Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is a super plastic surgeon who, since the death of his wife who committed suicide after being burned in a car accident, has devoted his life to developing a synthetic skin – regardless of the ethics. Which means that the mysterious Vera (Elena Anaya) who is locked away in his house and subject to his experiments is his victim… Or is she? In any case, the house keeper (Marisa Paredes) is the only other person who knows but when her no-good crook son shows up (Roberto Álamo) things spiral out of control and a disturbing tale charting how they all came to be in the house is revealed. The Skin I Live In - Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) Unhinged

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