The problem which I have every year with Award Season, is that, the way I watch films often leaves me out of touch with the nominees. I only really go to see bigger films at the cinema due to family commitments and money, and I don’t watch pirate discs, so I usually don’t get to see these films until later in the year if not the next.
But it’s always nice to see what’s hot and what’s not. Here’s my take on a selection of nominations and my brief comments.
BEST FILM includes Argo, Les Misérables, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty. It’s hardly a surprise that there’s no The Dark Knight Rises, Avengers Assemble or The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey but I would have expected the likes of Hitchcock, Silver Linings Playbook and defiantly, The Master.
But only having seen TDKR, Avengers Assemble and The Hobbit, I can’t really comment one what deserves to win, but the nominations, are a bit of a surprise. Skyfall seems to have found it’s way into the OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM category, along with Anna Karenina, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Misérables (again!) and Seven Psychopaths.
In the BEST DIRECTOR category, I was surprised not to see Steven Spielberg for his latest epic, Lincoln, but it does store some nominations in other categories. In this category we have Michael Haneke – Amour, Ben Affleck – Argo, Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained, Ang Lee – Life Of Pi and Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
As for ORIGINAL MUSIC which includes Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli, Argo – Alexandre Desplat, Life Of Pi – Mychael Danna, Lincoln – John Williams, which was hardly as surprise as all he need to do is write a note and he’s up for and award, and Skyfall – Thomas Newman. But where was Hans Zimmer for The Dark Knight Rises?
Finally, there’s the SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS category. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White, should not win, as I’ve already complained about the less than satisfactory effects here, Life Of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer looks okay from what I can see, but Marvel Avengers Assemble also wasn’t good enough. Prometheus – Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth is a good prospect but to me, and not just because I’m bias, but The Dark Knight Rises – Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley should storm away with this one. The effects were as physical as they were special and that’s something which should be encouraged in this CGI driven era.
So, that’s my selected look at the nominations for the BAFTAS this year. We’ll see how it turns out on the February 10th 2013.