BAFTAs vs Oscars

Posted on February 4, 2010. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Nominations are out for two of the biggest award cermonies on each side of the pond and I’m sure the designers are already getting over excited. There’s always a few interesting differences between the choices which highlight some taste variations between us Brits and our cousins across the Atlantic so I thought it might be worth taking a look.  So far the biggest difference I’ve noticed is that all the Academy awards have ridiculously over the top names. I mean what the hell is “achievement in music written for motion picture?”  What’s wrong with Best Original Score?  That and the fact that we haven’t had some of the Oscar movies released over hear yet.
My movie hit count is appalling this year, so most of my opinions here are based on hearsay, gossip, rumour and psychic ability, just so you know 😉

Going through all the awards would take me way to long so I’m just doing the biggies. No offence to all you make up artists, editors and short film makers out there.

Best Movie

An Education
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air

The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (The Americans love to use that full title)
A Serious Man
Up in the Air

No surprises that Avatar, Up in the Air and Precious make it onto both lists. I’m thinking it’s a shoe in for Avatar. There’s a lot more nominees for the Academy, including Up, which interestingly makes it onto the list for Best Film as well as Best Animated. Not often that a cartoon breaks through, and it’s well deserving of it’s nomination. It wont win this category though.

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
George Clooney (Up in the Air)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll)

Jeff Bridges
George Clooney
Colin Firth
Morgan Freeman(Invictus)
Jeremy Renner

Poor Andy Serkis. Never gets awards from the Academy, despite being robbed outrageously at the Oscars back in 02/03. OK, so Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll isn’t out in the US. And a biopic about Ian Drury isn’t exactly going to capture the Yankee imagination but he has to win an Oscar some day!
Other than that the only difference is Invictus which is only just coming out over here. As for predictions, I’ve got my fingers crossed for Andy over here, I’m not sure about America but ‘m thinking wither Renner or Freeman.

Best Actress
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones)
Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)
Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)
Audrey Tautou (Coco Before Chanel)

Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
Carey Mulligan
Gabourey Sidibe
Meryl Streep

I think my feelings for Sandra Bullock have been made quite clear so I’m gonna gloss over that one.
I reckon Sidibe has got both here from what I’m hearing about her performance. If not possibly Mulligan over here because An Education got a lot of very positive reviews.

Supporting Actor
Alec Baldwin (It’s Complicated)
Christian McKay (Me and Orson Welles)
Alfred Molina (An Education)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Matt Damon (Invictus)
Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
Stanley Tucci
Christoph Waltz

Quite a few differences here. I’m wondering if Christian McKay might win over here. Gotta say I’m shocked that Alec Bladwin is in there since everything I’ve heard about that movie is bad. I don’t think Matt damon is going to win an Oscar, but I’m not sure who is…

Supporting Actress
Anne-Marie Duff (Nowhere Boy)
Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)
Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
Mo’Nique (Precious)
Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy)

Penélope Cruz (Nine)
Vera Farmiga
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart)
Anna Kendrick

Again, I’m thinking Precious is taking this one. Two nominatons for Up in the Air from the Brits suggest one of those might get it if Mo’Nique doesn’t. Possibly an Oscar for Penelope Cruz…but I think she’s already had one right?

Best Director
James Cameron (Avatar)
Neill Blomkamp (District 9)
Lone Scherfig (An Education)
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)

James Cameron
Kathryn Bigelow
Quentin Tarantino
Lee Daniels (Precious)
Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)

Another unsurprising list. I think James Cameron will probably get the Oscar, and is quite likely to get the BAFTA too, but he might just be pipped by someone like Blomkamp.  No BAFTA nod for Precious….

Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells

The Princess and the Frog is only just coming out over here so that explains it’s absence from the BAFTA list. Although I’m not sure it’s Oscar material from the few clips I’ve seen. Probably quite good, and about time Disney had a black heroine, but maybe that’s more the reason it’s getting nominated.  I would like Up to win both.

Avatar (James Horner)
Crazy Heart (T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton)
Fantastic Mr Fox (Alexandre Desplat)
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Chaz Jankel)
Up (Michael Giacchino)

James Horner
Alexandre Desplat
The Hurt Locker (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders)
Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmer)

I do remember the music from Up being particularly good, and it’s taken a Globe already. Strangely, the score for Avatar left no impression on me and as someone who usually notices these kind of things that suggests it wasn’t that amazing.  Having not seen the other films I can’t comment. The nominations seem to vary quite a bit between countries, but the same few films are popping up again and again.

District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The Road

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
The White Ribbon

This one really has to be Avatar. The whole point of that film is the cinematography and special effects.  Interesting choice of Harry Potter by the Academy while once again over here we give a nod to District 9 which seems so far to be missing out across the pond.

Special visual effects
District 9
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek

District 9
Star Trek

Avatar has this one all tied up.  I thoguth the effects were really good in Star Trek but apparently BAFTA don’t agree with me.

And that’s all folks. Let me know your thoughts on the nominations.  I’m thinking if Avatar doesn’t sweep then we’ll be seeing big wins from Precious and The Hurt Locker in both ceremonies and Inglourious in America.

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Not that I give a flying potato about nominations but Christoph Waltz is going to win every award going as Best Supporting Actor. Just an outrageously brilliant and conniving performance.

“The Princess and the Frog is only jsut coming out over here so that explains it’s absence from the BAFTA list.”

Then how did “Crazy Heart,” “Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire” (I use the full title as well) and “The Lovely Bones” all manage to get BAFTA nominations BEFORE arriving in UK cinemas?

The problem I have with BAFTA is they are trying to fall in line with the Oscars so we have film festival loopholes letting Precious, The Lovely Bones and Crazy Heart in despite the nominations coming out before they were released. They should at least give us a fair chance to see the movies before the nominations.

Saam: OK then I’ll be checking to see if you’re right.

Princess and the Frog relase date: 5th Feb (today)
Precious: 29th Jan
The Lovely Bones: not actually released till next week but premiered here in November. No idea what that huge gap is about, btu definitely time for the people who make the decisons to see it.
Crazy Heart I can’t find a release for.
Anyhoo my point is it’s been out longer in the US. But I don’t think it would be getting a nomination over here either way. You seem angry…thanks for pointing out my typo (one of many) all sorted now 😛

Andy: You make a good point. Like I said, I haven’t seen most of these films so am pretty oblivious to what is and isn’t out. It is a shame that they’re tryign to match up the nominations more, seems to cancel out the whole point of having separate cermonies. Plus it encourages people to make “oscar movies” that they think will win lots of awards but aren’t necessarily any good.

Crazy Hear opens at Vue West End on 19th of Feb and the rest of us get it on 5th March

thanks Andy. That is wrong then that it can be nominated when it isnt even out over here

Hi Katie, wow I’m amazed how similar the noms are. That is strange that they nominate movies that haven’t even been released yet, that doesn’t make sense, not to mention unfair like Fandango said as the audience can’t make up their opinions yet without actually seeing them. Btw, I finally just saw Inglourious Basterds. I usually can’t predict who wins what, but if I were a betting woman, I put all my money on Christoph. His performance is good, no, flawless. I don’t think I’d like the movie as much as I did without him in it!

“Avatar” certainly gets the visuals and cinematography, and I’d even not be furious if it took Best Original Score. But I sincerely hope it does not win Best Picture because it’s not a “whole package” deal like “Inglourious Basterds,” “The Hurt Locker” or “Up in the Air.”

You’ve done it again. Superb post.

thanks 🙂

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