Blog a Day 53of365: The BAFTAs

I was out most of the day yesterday so when I got in, I caught up on my V+ed offerings. Namely Dancing on Ice and the BAFTA Film Awards. I didn’t go to bed till 1.30am as I was determined to watch both that night so that nothing was spoiled for me.

BAFTA wise I was pretty happy, and surprised, by the results. I have to admit now that I haven’t seen all the main nominees. In particular I haven’t seen Precious (it never came to cinemas here) and I haven’t yet seen Avatar although I think I might end up seeing it on Wednesday. I haven’t seen it earlier because it really doesn’t interest me. I certainly admire the visual accomplishments and technological advancements but I’ve heard mediocre things about the storyline and that’s the most important thing for me in a film. Still, I’ll probably see it on Wednesday now that there’s nothing else I want to see on. At least then I’m allowed to have an opinion on it.

Anyway, disclaimer out of the way. Time for some opinions!

Best Film: I was very surprised to see The Hurt Locker win. I was sure that Avatar would win for the phenomenon’s sake/because of James Cameron. I really enjoyed The Hurt Locker. I’m no expert on war films (I hardly watch them) but I loved the understated nature of The Hurt Locker. It wasn’t gung ho as I’d normally expect of a war film, instead it did feel somewhat ‘real’ to me. Also there was no victory to be seen, it just felt like a slice out of these soldiers’ lives rather than any real finale to matters. I’d have loved to have known my Dad’s opinion on it due to his experiences in the army and some stressful situations within. I reckon he’d have liked it.

I thought An Education had an outside shot as a British film and the BAFTAs do like to be different, but it wasn’t to be. Shame as An Education was very good I found. Surprised Peter Sarsgaard didn’t get nominated though.

Director: Again quite surprised to see Bigelow get this. I expected Cameron to win this or maybe a distant chance of Tarantino who really returned to form with Inglourious Basterds.

Actor: I’ve only seen George Clooney and Jeremy Renner’s performances so far, so I can’t really judge this one. I’ve heard some great things of Colin Firth’s performance though and I’m looking forward to seeing it in the future. I’ve always thought he’s been a little underrated, mostly due to the choices he’s made.

Actress: Again I’ve only seen Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep’s performances. Julie and Julia didn’t challenge Streep at all so even though she is brilliant, I’m not surprised she didn’t win it for that film. Always pleased to see a newcomer win an award, although from things I’ve read, I’m surprised that Gabourey Sidibe didn’t win it for Precious.

Supporting Actor: I’ve seen three performances, Baldwin, Molina and Waltz. Christoph Waltz really made Inglourious Basterds into something special so he truly deserves every award he gets for it. I had low expectations of Tarantino’s latest after being so disappointed by the likes of Kill Bill and Death Proof, but this was a real return to form. Kept me hooked throughout.

Supporting Actress: Really can’t judge this one having only seen Up in the Air. Neither of the women in Up in the Air deserved to win as although great performances, they didn’t have the edge. Good film though.

Original Screenplay: Part of me really wanted The Hangover to win this, just to see a mainstream comedy win something for a change. But I was glad to see The Hurt Locker win again for previous reasons stated. I do feel less confident of my knowledge of what makes a good screenplay though.

Adapted Screenplay: I liked Up in the Air a lot. It had a decent message and award ceremonies love message films so it makes sense.

I’m nowhere near as knowledgeable to have a clue with the rest of the categories. I was pleased to see Vanessa Redgrave gain a fellowship though. Must have been very tough for her to accept though considering the past year for her. She looked a lot frailer than she used to.

Anyway, uninformed, opinionated ramble done.