February 13, 2011 7 Comments
BAFTA AWARDS 2011 – RESULTS & COMMENTS
The BAFTA Awards for 2011 have just been given out. Once again it proved how biased these awards are towards British Films. The King’s Speech was the big winner of the evening (no surprise there), grabbing all sorts of awards (7 in all). Here’s the list of all the winners and some quick comments from me.
Best Film – The King’s Speech
Like it was predicted. I wonder if in a few years time we’ll be remembering this film, or Inception and Toy Story 3. Oh well, it was so predictable.
Leading Actor – Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
Well deserved I supposed, but my votes would have gone to James Franco, especially since Colin had won it last year.
Leading Actress – Natalie Portman – Black Swan
She was pretty amazing in that film, so totally deserved. And I am so happy that annoying HAILEE STEINFELD didn’t get it for True Grit
Director – The Social Network – David Fincher
Well, I am happy it wasn’t Tom Hooper.. but it should have gone to Nolan for INCEPTION
Cinematography – True Grit – Roger Deakins
Totally deserved, though it was a hard choice, Matthew Libatique did a great job for BLACK SWAN and INCPETION (Wally Pfister) looked amazing!
Adapted Screenplay – The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin
Well, there was no other choice for this, was there? He should get an Award every year just for his West Wing!!
Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award – Tom Hardy
Well deserved. He stole every scene in Inception and he’s going to be huge with the next Batman movie. Let’s face it ANDREW GARFIELD was Ok on the Social Network, but very transparent on Never Let Me Go
Animated Film – Toy Story 3
Well, of course. What else was there?
Original Screenplay – The King’s Speech – David Seidler
This was to be expected, but it’s a shame Inception couldn’t make it.I can see this might be one of those differences at the Oscars.
Supporting Actor – Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech
One of the most controversial win, not because Geoffrey Rush didn’t deserve it, but because we all thought it was going to go to Christian Bale. I guess it was probably a way to punish Bale for his recent behavior. Anyway, his Oscar is coming soon…
Outstanding British Film – The King’s Speech
All pretty predictable of course, however since it got the Best film, this award should have really gone to somebody else. Mike Leigh’s Another Year for example was left empty-handed.
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer – Four Lions – Director/Writer – Chris Morris
This was also pretty predictable, but a lot of people though THE ARBRO was a better film. My vote would have gone to EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP , a documentary which I really enjoyed, but also I would have loved to see Banksy collecting the award… hehehe.
Supporting Actress – Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
A bit of a travesty in my view. This performance was a real caricature and pretty one-dimensional. Brits love Helena, so it was all rather predictable. It’s a pity for LESLEY MANVILLE or ANY ADAMS
Special Visual Effects – Inception – Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
Production Design – Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
Costume Design – Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood
A pretty obvious choice considering the nominees.
Film Not in the English Language – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev
I don’t really get this. I never really understood the success of this film, especially in a year when you have films like THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES, and OF GODS AND MEN. However I’m happy BIUTIFUL didn’t get it, since it was the most depressing film of the year!
Make Up & Hair – Alice in Wonderland – Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch
Well, the only other choice was HARRY POTTER, but then again, they’re probably waiting for the next one.
Editing – The Social Network – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
Following the rule that the best editing is the invisible one, then this is probably a deserved award. However it should have gone to Lee Smith for INCEPTION
Sound – Inception – Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
Well deserved, but the sound on 127 HOURS was truly amazing.
Original Music – The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat
It was the obvious choice, but INCEPTION‘s music by Hans Zimmer was almost revolutionary and it is still the most memorable.
Short Animation – The Eagleman Stag – Michael Please
Short Film – Until the River Runs Red – Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis
After writing this list, I wrote to the Evening Standards the following email, an extract of which, once again, got published on the 15th of February. (It’s the second one they publish, the first one was for Harry Potter)