The BAFTAs Part I

I’ve been looking at and considering the Oscars that are coming up I had completely forgotten about my own countries film awards the BAFTAs which are tonight so thought best do a short piece and give my thoughts. Part 2 of the blog will be afterwards with all the winners. As with the Oscars I’ll only mention the main awards in my opinion, I know they’re sound people who like to see who gets best sound etc. but for me it’s about the film and performances.

These are the nominations- BAFTAs

BEST FILM

ARRIVAL

I, DANIEL BLAKE

LA LA LAND

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

MOONLIGHT

I expect LA LA Land will win this award and gets my vote from these Nominated films but I have to admit I’ve not seen nor did I hear about I, Daniel Blake so will need to check this film out. 

ANIMATED FILM

FINDING DORY

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

MOANA

ZOOTROPOLIS

To me this is between 2 films Kubo and the two strings and Moana but I will go for Moana as it’s more upbeat as well has having a good story and great songs, Kubo is a fantastic story but just gets pipped. 

LEADING ACTOR

ANDREW GARFIELD Hacksaw Ridge

CASEY AFFLECK Manchester by the Sea

JAKE GYLLENHAAL Nocturnal Animals

RYAN GOSLING La La Land

VIGGO MORTENSEN Captain Fantastic

I think this will be a close thing but to me the stand out performance I’ve seen these last 12 months has to be Andrew Garfield I thought his portrayal of Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge was near to being one of the best I’ve seen of all time. All of these performances were outstanding and deserve recognition. 

LEADING ACTRESS

AMY ADAMS Arrival

EMILY BLUNT The Girl on the Train

EMMA STONE La La Land

MERYL STREEP Florence Foster Jenkins

NATALIE PORTMAN Jackie

Not taking anything away from these performances but these I don’t think were as good as the male category (opposite for supporting role). Emily Blunt didn’t sell me I her role and whilst Emma Stone and Amy Adams produced good performances, Meryl Streep is Meyryl Street but it didn’t stand out so I think Natalie Portman in Jackie takes it for me as it kept me watching in a film I don’t tend to watch. 

SUPPORTING ACTOR

AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON Nocturnal Animals

DEV PATEL Lion

HUGH GRANT Florence Foster Jenkins

JEFF BRIDGES Hell or High Water

MAHERSHALA ALI Moonlight

Tough one as little the opposite of the best Actor/Actress categories where I’m not totally convinced, whilst I liked Mahershala Ali in Moonlight I dont believe his role justifies the award so I believe Dev Patel deserves this. 
SUPPORTING ACTRESS

HAYLEY SQUIRES I, Daniel Blake

MICHELLE WILLIAMS Manchester by the Sea

NAOMIE HARRIS Moonlight

NICOLE KIDMAN Lion

VIOLA DAVIS Fences

Complete opposite to the main Actress award any (bar Hayley Squires as I’ve not seen I, Daniel Blake) of these can win this and be deserved, the only thing I would say I’m not sure Michelle Williams was on the screen long enough to justify her winning so for me it goes to Viola Davis

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)

ANYA TAYLOR-JOY

LAIA COSTA

LUCAS HEDGES

RUTH NEGGA

TOM HOLLAND

This is a tough one and being a public vote will be very hard to judge. Anya Taylor-Joy in Split I thought outshone James McAvoy, Laia Costa was in Victoria which I’ve not seen which was released over a year ago, Lucas Hedges was brilliant in Manchester By The Sea, Ruth Negga is a surprising name on the rising star list as seen her in films & TV a few times in last 3 or 4 years including MARVELS’S Agents of SHIELD. Tom Holland is a name that will appear often over the next few years as will be the new Spiderman. I think Lucas Hedges will win but if Anya or Tom do it won’t be a surprise either.

I need to find out the criteria for the awards such as films eligible (dates to/from) as surprised at differences between the Oscars, Golden Globes and the BAFTAs but could just be a culture thing. Part 2 to follow in next few days.

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