The BAFTA nominations were announced a couple of hours ago, and it’s an interesting list, with surprises and the expected, culminating with a pretty pleasing list.
Best Film: This is pretty much expected as American films Birdman and Boyhood, and British films The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything all pick up nods. The Grand Budapest is a bit of surprise, but going by how much BAFTA love it (11 nominations overall), it’s not that shocking. Selma’s lack of love (no nominations) is probably due to late screeners, otherwise it would have probably featured here.
Best British Film: I can see Pride winning here, as the British indie darling usually beats the films that are in the Best Film race, this year those films being The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything. Under The Skin and ’71 also feature, with the real shock coming as Paddington beats Mr. Turner to the nod. I really didn’t see that coming.
Best Director: This will be between Linklater and Inarritu, and it’s too close to call. Wes Anderson helps his Oscar push with another Best Director nod, James Marsh is a half shock but it’s too little too late as far as an Oscar stab goes. I’m pleased to see Damien Chazelle for Whiplash, beating out Morten Tyldum and David Fincher to the 5th place.
Best Actor: Another close call here, with Keaton and Redmayne facing off to take the prize. Benedict Cumberbatch is in with a shout, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Ralph Fiennes and Jake Gyllenhaal should just be pleased to be recognised as this massively helps their Oscar chances.
Best Actress: It’s really close between Moore and Pike, but the latter will probably win. Reese Witherspoon and Felicity Jones both got deserving and expected nods, but they won’t challenge. Amy Adams beats Marion Cotillard and Hilary Swank to the 5th place which is surprising, but understandable. Aniston was ineligible.
Best Supporting Actor: Easy win for J.K. Simmons, despite a strong push from Edward Norton. Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo get expected nods and Steve Carell, eligible as Best Actor at the Oscars, beats Duvall to a place. This category is most pleasing for me, a very strong field.
Best Supporting Actress: From the strongest to the weakest, and this category is a real disappointment. Arquette will obviously win due to the poor quality of the other nominees. Stone is fine, Knightley was overrated and Staunton was plain awful. It’s nice to see some love for Rene Russo, but this is poor.
Best Original Screenplay: This should be between Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and, if they don’t award Linklater for Best Director, Boyhood. Whiplash and Nightcrawler get surprise nods, they will be replaced at the Oscars by Selma and Foxcatcher. Another major snub for Mr. Turner.
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game should take this, while Gone Girl and The Theory of Everything will also be in contention. American Sniper’s nod here could allow it to sneak in at the Oscars, Paddington is a real shock with little to no chance.
Best Animated Film: The Lego Movie should win here, beating massive hit Big Hero 6, which is yet to be released in the UK and British film The Boxtrolls. How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Book of Life both snubbed.
Other categories: These are going to Debut Feature- Pride, Foreign Language Film- Ida, Best Documentary- CitizenFour, Original Music- Birdman, Cinematography- Birdman, Editing- Birdman, Production Design- The Grand Budapest Hotel, Costume Design- The Grand Budapest Hotel, Make-Up and Hair- Into the Woods, Best Sound- Whiplash, Visual Effects- Interstellar, Animated Short- My Dad, Short Film- Three Brothers, Rising Star- Jack O’Connell.