Across The Pond: BAFTA Bash

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If you’ve hadn’t noticed, we’re in the midst of the exciting film awards season. I love the beginning few months of the year for this very reason, when hotly anticipated nomination lists fly around (faster than Harry Potter on his Nimbus 2000) as celebs hold their collective breath to see if they made the cut.

Nestled between the Golden Globes and Academy Awards on the film calendar, lie the BAFTA’s. London is abuzz with film award chatter as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts gears up to bestow their much coveted BAFTA’s (the Brit’s equivalent of the Oscar’s) upon the crème de la crème of the film industry.

As the rich and (sometimes not so) famous play down their palpable excitement at the possibility of getting their hands on the gleaming golden trophy, I anticipate the prestigious ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House to hold few surprises. With the BAFTA ceremony a mere few days away, I’ll be breezing my way through the nomination list to give a brief run-down who I think will be the big winners of the night.

With over 24 categories from Best Cinematography to Best Film, there are diverse areas for a film to shine. The King’s Speech is the talk of the town. After 7 Golden Globe, 12 Academy and a whopping 14 BAFTA nominations, it is safe to say Tim Hooper’s regal vehicle will be speeding away with at least half a dozen awards (Leading Actor, Original Screenplay and Best Film just a few to mention). The Black Swan is its biggest contender, coming head to head in the major categories of Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. Natalie Portman’s troubled ballerina will no doubt pirouette her way to the Leading Actress award, whilst The Social Network, Inception, The Kids Are Alright, The Fighter, Toy Story 3 and Biutiful are all set to be big winners too.

The jewel in the crown, ‘The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema’ goes to the Harry Potter juggernaut which shows little chance of abating. Having watched the bespectacled wizard schoolboy grow up whilst fighting the forces of the evil Voldemort, has been a mind-blowing, poignant adventure. Hats off to producer extraordinaire David Heyman – I await The Deathly Hallows Part 2 with bated breath.