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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.

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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!

Adapted Screenplay:

Argo

Chris Terrio

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin

Life Of Pi

David Magee

Lincoln

Tony Kushner

Silver Linings Playbook

David O. Russell

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!

Make-Up and Hair:

Les Misérables

Lisa Westcott

Anna Karenina

Ivana Primorac

Hitchcock

Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

Lincoln

Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou

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)

Animated Film:

Brave

Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Frankenweenie

Tim Burton

ParaNorman

Sam Fell, Chris Butler

Who I'm Voting For:

Brave. Was that even a question?

Original Film Music:

Skyfall

Thomas Newman

Argo

Alexandre Desplat

Anna Karenina

Dario Marianelli

Life Of Pi

Mychael Danna

Lincoln

John Williams

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!

Cinematography:

Life Of Pi

Claudio Miranda

Anna Karenina

Seamus McGarvey

Les Misérables

Danny Cohen

Lincoln

Janusz Kaminski

Skyfall

Roger Deakins

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.

Original Screenplay:

Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino

Amour

Michael Haneke

The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola

Zero Dark Thirty

Mark Boal

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.

Costume Design:

Anna Karenina

Jacqueline Durran

Great Expectations

Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

Les Misérables

Paco Delgado

Lincoln

Joanna Johnston

Snow White And The Huntsman

Colleen Atwood

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.

Outstanding British Film:

Skyfall

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

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.

Director:

Ben Affleck

Argo

Michael Haneke

Amour

Quentin Tarantino

Django Unchained

Ang Lee

Life Of Pi

Kathryn Bigelow

Zero Dark Thirty

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.

Documentary:

Searching For Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

The Imposter

Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis

McCullin

David Morris, Jacqui Morris

Marley

Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel

West Of Memphis

Amy Berg

Who I'm Voting For:

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

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

Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis

The Imposter

David Morris, Jacqui Morris

McCullin

Dexter Fletcher, Danny King

Wild Bill

James Bobin

The Muppets

Tina Gharavi

I Am Nasrine

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!

Production Design:

Les Misérables

Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson

Anna Karenina

Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Life Of Pi

David Gropman, Anna Pinnock

Lincoln

Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

Skyfall

Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock

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.

Editing:

Argo

William Goldenberg

Django Unchained

Fred Raskin

Life Of Pi

Tim Squyres

Skyfall

Stuart Baird

Zero Dark Thirty

Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg

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!

Short Animation:

The Making Of Longbird

Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson

Here To Fall

Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath

I'm Fine Thanks

Eamonn O'Neill

Who I'm Voting For:

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

Short Film:

Swimmer

Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw

The Curse

Fyzal Boulifa, Gavin Humphries

Good Night

Muriel D'Ansembourg, Eva Sigurdardottir

Tumult

Johnny Barrington, Rhianna Andrews

The Voorman Problem

Mark Gill, Baldwin Li

Who I'm Voting For:

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

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

Skyfall

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

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!

Film Not in the English Language:

Amour

Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz

Headhunters

Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn

The Hunt

Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann

Rust And Bone

Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux

Untouchable

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

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!

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

Prometheus

Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth

Marvel Avengers Assemble

Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick

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.

Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz

Django Unchained

Alan Arkin

Argo

Javier Bardem

Skyfall

Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Master

Tommy Lee Jones

Lincoln

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.

Supporting Actress:

Anne Hathaway

Les Misérables

Amy Adams

The Master

Helen Hunt

The Sessions

Judi Dench

Skyfall

Sally Field

Lincoln

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.

Leading Actor:

Daniel Day-Lewis

Lincoln

Ben Affleck

Argo

Bradley Cooper

Silver Linings Playbook

Hugh Jackman

Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix

The Master

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.

Leading Actress:

Emmanuelle Riva

Amour

Helen Mirren

Hitchcock

Jennifer Lawrence

Silver Linings Playbook

Jessica Chastain

Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard

Rust And Bone

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!!

Film:

Argo

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

Lincoln

Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy

Zero Dark Thirty

Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison

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.

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