Your Complete Guide To The BAFTA’s

Because let’s face it, you’d rather watch Stephen Frye just stand there than listen to LLCoolJ do anything.

This is your guide to everything BAFTA! If you aren’t an anglophile like myself, the BAFTA’s are the British Academy Film and Television Awards. Tonight on BBC America, the British Academy Film Awards are being shown (Television is done at a different time) and being hosted by Stephen Frye. It’s basically the British Oscars but I love them more because they nominated Ben Affleck for Best Director like everyone else did except the American Academy. While the Grammy’s will be playing in my house, like most American households tonight, at 11pm, I will be watching the replay of the BAFTA’s alone in my room. In order to get psyched for this award show you might not watch, you need to know the nominees, who I think should win, and the actual winners! And who better to learn all the information from than from a girl who has seen none of these movies? All my opinions as to who should win are based off of trailers and my own personal interests, which obviously makes me an expert. From one amateur anglophile to another, enjoy the BAFTA’s!

2. Adapted Screenplay:

Chris Terrio

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin

Life Of Pi
David Magee

Tony Kushner

Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell

3. Who I’m Voting For:

Argo or Silver Linings Playbook. I say Argo because I love the story line of it. History is one of my favorite school subjects and learning about secret CIA operations in Iran in the 80’s sounds like the best thing ever to me. Silver Linings Playbook is a hard one to describe as to why I would want it to win. Actually, no it’s not, I just love Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. That’s reason enough for me!

4. And the BAFTA goes to…

Yay Brennifer! Yep, I’m starting that. I can’t be the only person in the world who thinks this needs to happen.

5. Make-Up and Hair:

Les Misérables
Lisa Westcott

Anna Karenina
Ivana Primorac

Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou

6. Who I’m Voting For:

I’m going to be super biased towards my love for musicals and say Les Mis because I can’t imagine how hard it is to make all those people look so miserable. But then I step back and think who I would vote for if Les Mis wasn’t an option. If that were so, I would definitely pick The Hobbit. Have you seen the beards on those elf/gnome things? (I apologize to LOTR fans for not knowing proper Hobbit terminology)

7. And the BAFTA goes to…

8. Animated Film:

Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Tim Burton

Sam Fell, Chris Butler

9. Who I’m Voting For:

Brave. Was that even a question?

10. And the BAFTA goes to…

11. Original Film Music:

Thomas Newman

Alexandre Desplat

Anna Karenina
Dario Marianelli

Life Of Pi
Mychael Danna

John Williams

12. Who I’m Voting For:

JOHN WILLIAMS! Not Lincoln, but John Williams. I would vote for him no matter what movie it was for. He’s just so incredibly talented and has done so much!

13. And the BAFTA goes to…

Does that really surprise anyone?

14. Cinematography:

Life Of Pi
Claudio Miranda

Anna Karenina
Seamus McGarvey

Les Misérables
Danny Cohen

Janusz Kaminski

Roger Deakins

15. Who I’m Voting For:

Based on what I know about film and the cinematography category (which if you remember from earlier is little to none) then I would say this award should go to the movie that it the coolest to look at. Just thinking about that and not any story line, I would have to pick Life of Pi. While I honestly have no desire to see that movie, the visual effects are unbelievable.

16. And the BAFTA goes to…

17. Original Screenplay:

Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino

Michael Haneke

The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola

Zero Dark Thirty
Mark Boal

18. Who I’m Voting For:

Zero Dark Thirty all the way! It’s cool that a foreign film is getting a lot of buzz and yeah, people like Quentin Tarantino for some reason but how can a movie about the woman who organized the take down and eventual death of one the world’s worst terrorists not win? Maybe that’s just the American in me talking.

19. And the BAFTA goes to…

20. Costume Design:

Anna Karenina
Jacqueline Durran

Great Expectations
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

Les Misérables
Paco Delgado

Joanna Johnston

Snow White And The Huntsman
Colleen Atwood

21. Who I’m Voting For:

Again, my love of musicals comes over me and I immediately go to Les Mis. But I can’t imagine this movie not being nominated because once again like make-up, these people are extremely talented at making these actors look so poor and terrible and authentic.

22. And the BAFTA goes to…

23. Outstanding British Film:

Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan

Anna Karenina
Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Tom Stoppard

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
John Madden, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Ol Parker

Les Misérables
Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh, William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claud

Seven Psychopaths
Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin

24. Who I’m Voting For:

Let’s be honest, these are all pretty outstanding! Except Seven Psychopaths, I have no idea why that’s nominated. I would be happy to see Les Mis, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, or Skyfall take home this award.

25. And the BAFTA goes to…

26. Director:

Ben Affleck

Michael Haneke

Quentin Tarantino
Django Unchained

Ang Lee
Life Of Pi

Kathryn Bigelow
Zero Dark Thirty

27. Who I’m Voting For:

Hands down, Ben Affleck. He has grown into so much more than a pretty face who’s good at acting. He is a truly talented director and an all-around good guy who deserves this.

28. And the BAFTA goes to…

YAY BEN! Just never wear your hair like that again.

29. Documentary:

Searching For Sugar Man
Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

The Imposter
Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis

David Morris, Jacqui Morris

Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel

West Of Memphis
Amy Berg

30. Who I’m Voting For:

I truly have no preference because I know literally nothing about any of these films.

31. And the BAFTA goes to…

32. Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer:

Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis
The Imposter

David Morris, Jacqui Morris

Dexter Fletcher, Danny King
Wild Bill

James Bobin
The Muppets

Tina Gharavi
I Am Nasrine

33. Who I’m Voting For:

I’m gonna be honest: I’ve never heard of any of these people before in my life. But I like The Muppets so let’s go with him!

34. And the BAFTA goes to…

36. Production Design:

Les Misérables
Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson

Anna Karenina
Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Life Of Pi
David Gropman, Anna Pinnock

Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock

37. Who I’m Voting For:

I would definitely have to say Les Mis or Lincoln for this one. The production design was so authentic for both movies (a lot of Lincoln was actually shot in or near my hometown, Richmond, VA). For Les Mis, they built a giant elephant and entire barricade! And you know Spielberg made sure everything on set looked exactly the way it would have in the 1800’s. Either one I would be happy with.

38. And the BAFTA goes to…

39. Editing:

William Goldenberg

Django Unchained
Fred Raskin

Life Of Pi
Tim Squyres

Stuart Baird

Zero Dark Thirty
Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg

40. Who I’m Voting For:

Now without actually seeing these films, I really have no basis for judgment on editing. So I will vote for everything!

41. And the BAFTA goes to…

42. Short Animation:

The Making Of Longbird
Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson

Here To Fall
Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath

I’m Fine Thanks
Eamonn O’Neill

43. Who I’m Voting For:

Again let’s be honest, I have no idea what these are. Let’s see who wins!

44. And the BAFTA goes to…

The Making of Longbird

45. Short Film:

Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw

The Curse
Fyzal Boulifa, Gavin Humphries

Good Night
Muriel D’Ansembourg, Eva Sigurdardottir

Johnny Barrington, Rhianna Andrews

The Voorman Problem
Mark Gill, Baldwin Li

46. Who I’m Voting For:

I really wish I knew more about these short films. Based on titles, I would vote for The Curse.

47. And the BAFTA goes to…

48. Sound:

Les Misérables
Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst

Django Unchained
Mark Ulano, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Wylie Stateman

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Tony Johnson, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Brent Burge, Chris Ward

Life Of Pi
Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill

Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers

49. Who I’m Voting For:

Ok, all biased aside, Les Mis gets this vote, no questions. The actors sang live on film!!! Everything! You hear every crack in their voice, every strain, every not-so-perfect note and it’s beautiful!

50. And the BAFTA goes to…

51. Film Not in the English Language:

Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz

Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn

The Hunt
Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann

Rust And Bone
Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux

Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun

52. Who I’m Voting For:

I am definitely going to have to vote for Amour. With everything I’ve heard about it and all the buzz it’s getting at award shows, it has to be good!

53. And the BAFTA goes to…

54. Special Visual Effects:

Life Of Pi
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott

The Dark Knight Rises
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White

Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth

Marvel Avengers Assemble
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick

55. Who I’m Voting For:

Life of Pi! Again, from the trailers, these visual effects are sick! However, I saw The Avengers and I not only loved the movie but the special effects in that movie were also ridiculous. It’s a toss up for me.

56. And the BAFTA goes to…

57. Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz
Django Unchained

Alan Arkin

Javier Bardem

Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master

Tommy Lee Jones

58. Who I’m Voting For:

I absolutely love Alan Arkin, plus Argo is the movie I want to see the most, the story is amazing! Definitely have to vote for Alan.

59. And the BAFTA goes to…

Christoph Waltz

60. Supporting Actress:

Anne Hathaway
Les Misérables

Amy Adams
The Master

Helen Hunt
The Sessions

Judi Dench

Sally Field

61. Who I’m Voting For:

You guessed it, GO ANNIE!!!!! I mean, can any of these women really compete with Anne singing/weeping “I Dreamed A Dream”? The answer is no.

62. And the BAFTA goes to…

Anne Hathaway

63. Leading Actor:

Daniel Day-Lewis

Ben Affleck

Bradley Cooper
Silver Linings Playbook

Hugh Jackman
Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix
The Master

64. Who I’m Voting For:

Although I love Ben Affleck, and this is the only award show that nominated him for his acting skills in Argo, he is up against some pretty incredible men. I don’t love Hugh Jackman’s voice in Les Mis, so I think I would have to go with Bradley Cooper. He looks amazing in trailers and he just looks amazing all the time.

65. And the BAFTA goes to…

Daniel Day-Lewis

66. Leading Actress:

Emmanuelle Riva

Helen Mirren

Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook

Jessica Chastain
Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard
Rust And Bone

67. Who I’m Voting For:

Jennifer Lawrence all the way! She has become my new favorite person. She is so real and so not a celebrity, I love it! Plus she’s an amazing actress!!

68. And the BAFTA goes to…

Emmanuelle Riva

69. Film:

Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney

Les Misérables
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh

Life Of Pi
Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark

Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy

Zero Dark Thirty
Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison

70. Who I’m Voting For:

Isn’t it obvious? Ok maybe not that obvious. Honestly I would be really happy if Argo or Les Mis won. But I hope it’s Argo.

71. And the BAFTA goes to…

Argo is available on DVD and BluRay/DVD Combo Pack February 19th.

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