BAFTA Award Nominations – My Thoughts

So, yesterday morning, the nominations for this season BAFTA Film Awards were released which is why I first must apologise that this is coming out a day late. But just in case you haven’t seen them or do want to hear my thoughts on the major categories…here they are…

Best Film –

The Big Short – Bridge of Spies – Carol – The Revenant – Spotlight

Now I haven’t seen The Revenant, The Big Short or even Spotlight yet due to UK release dates which if you follow me on social media, you’ll know my feelings there!! But I still think BAFTA might just go for Carol on this one. Spotlight might come close but Carol seems like a very BAFTA film. Now, I’ve been watching the BAFTA’s since I’ve been into films so I think I’m pretty knowledgeable on what they like…don’t take my word for it though…it’s just my thought.

Don’t even get me started on the non inclusion of Mad Max.

Outstanding British Film –

45 Years – Amy – Brooklyn – The Danish Girl – Ex Machina – The Lobster

I think there’s no real challenge here. The mixed reviews of The Danish Girl (even though it’s awards bait) I think take it out. The only one I can see coming close is Brooklyn and while I did very much enjoy Brooklyn, Ex Machina takes this one for me.

Adapted Screenplay –

Adam McKay, Charles Randolph (The Big Short) – Nick Hornby (Brooklyn) – Phyllis Nagy (Carol) – Emma Donoghue (Room) – Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)

Who was the guy that everyone was talking about when it came to new, upcoming screenwriters this year? Yeah, it was Aaron Sorkin and his screenplay for Steve Jobs is excellent…I’m fairly certain I’ll have predicted correctly here.

Original Screenplay –

Matthew Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Bridge of Spies) – Alex Garland (Ex Machina) – Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight) – Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg Lefauve (Inside Out) – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer (Spotlight)

Having just watched The Hateful Eight yesterday (on opening day – goddam UK release dates), I would argue that Tarantino’s screenplay for the film is the best he’s produced since Pulp Fiction. For a film that, for the majority, is set in one room and involves constant mysterious discussion between characters, you need a damn fine script and Quentin once again delivered. This is no contest for me.

Leading Actor – 

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) – Matt Damon (The Martian) – Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) – Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) – Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Give Leo DiCaprio every acting award this year…he was nearly killed by that bear…I’m saying nothing more than that!!

Leading Actress –

Cate Blanchett (Carol) – Brie Larson (Room) – Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) – Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van) – Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Whilst Vikander was a real new talent this year and Saoirse Ronan was great in Brooklyn, I can’t see this one going to anyone else. Cate Blanchett was the perfect mix of actually excellent and awards excellent in Carol and I can’t see why BAFTA would think otherwise.

Supporting Actor –

Christian Bale (The Big Short) – Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) – Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) – Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) – Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Firstly, No Stallone…which yeah I’m totally fine with and don’t think BAFTA should even bother to look at blockbusters at all. Even though blockbusters might not always be the best films of the year…there are the occasional few that are and that have very, very good performances. Hell, I’d even have Harrison Ford up for this one for Force Awakens!! But yeah, I’d like to see Benicio win because Sicario was severley snubbed in the Golden Globe Noms (which of course, take place tomorrow) and I think he really deserves more recognition for this role.

Supporting Actress –

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) – Rooney Mara (Carol) – Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) – Julie Walters (Brooklyn) – Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Like I said, I just watched Hateful Eight yesterday and while I think Vikander might grab this one for Ex Machina (not least because of the stellar year she’s had all round), I would like nothing more than to see Jennifer Jason Leigh grab this one for her excellent performance.

Director –

Adam McKay (The Big Short) – Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies) – Todd Haynes (Carol) – Ridley Scott (The Martian) – Alejandro Inarritu (The Revenant)

I’m pretty sure I said this on my post on the Golden Globe Noms too…but Inarritu went to such extreme lengths with this film to make it exactly the way he wanted it that I think it would be cruel not to give this BAFTA to him. And the Globe. And the Oscar.

Best Cinematography –

Janusz Kaminski (Bridge of Spies) – Edward Lachman (Carol) – Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant) – Roger Deakins (Sicario) – John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road)

And now we get to snubsville where films get snubbed from their rightful place in the best film, best supporting actress (Theron) and arguably best supporting actor (Hoult) categories but do manage to land a place in a list of nominees for a category that they of course deserve. Mad Max is easily the best looking film this year…and yes, I’ve seen clips from The Revenant…but Fury Road was a beautiful kind of hell. John Seale…you had better be picking this up.

Best Film Music –

Thomas Newman (Bridge of Spies) – Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto (The Revenant) – Johann Johannsson (Sicario) – John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) – Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)

Now we get to the hard one for me…probably the hardest one I had to pick out of these categories. Morricone or Williams?? Two cinema legends…two composing legends but I based my final decision on this…John Williams, you made me shed tears this year…Ennio Morricone, as fantastic as your score for The Hateful Eight was and as good as it stands in your entire repertoire, it did not make me shed tears. Plus, WHY ISN’T THE FORCE AWAKENS UP FOR MORE THAN THIS AND A FEW EFFECTS AWARDS???!!!! Sorry…I may have gotten slightly angry.

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