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Monday, 14 February 2011

BAFTAs

"Oh a special award for the Harry Potter films! We wonder if the King's Speech will win it"
I find that @heatworld's tweet just summed up my feelings towards this years BAFTA's.


As predicted by... well... EVERYONE, "The King's Speech" stormed the awards night.


Their seats may as well have been on the stage.


Here's a little roundup of the awards:


The King's Speech


BEST FILM: The King's Speech


LEADING ACTOR: Colin Firth


SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Helena Bonham Carter


SUPPORTING ACTOR:  Geoffrey Rush


OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: The King's Speech


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: David Seidler


ORIGINAL MUSIC: Alexandre Desplat


The Social Network


DIRECTOR: David Fincher


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Aaron Sorkin


EDITING


Black Swan

LEADING ACTRESS: Natalie Portman


True Grit


CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins


Four Lions

OUTSTANDING DEBUT: Chris Morris


Inception


SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

PRODUCTION DESIGN


SOUND



ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR: Tom Hardy


Alice in Wonderland


COSTUME DESIGN: Colleen Atwood


MAKE UP AND HAIR


Toy Story 3


ANIMATED FILM


Until The River Runs Red


SHORT FILM


The Eagleman Stag 


SHORT ANIMATION


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE


And the fellowship went to Christopher Lee.


Now... onto personal opinion and possible controversy.


Inception deserved the awards it received, but without a shadow of a doubt, Nolan deserved the award for best director. David Fincher (as much as I respect the man) did not deserve the award for "The Social Network.". Nolan spent so much time and effort on creating one of the most flawless cinematic masterpieces of our time so I resent how the BAFTA's have snubbed him so cruelly.


Again, I detest how the award for original screenplay went to David Seidler for "The King's Speech". The plot was fairly straightforward. Fantastically executed by the cast, so I don't have any problems with the awards that they were granted tonight but the plot was in no way complex. The characters were believable but in no way did they match up to the complexity of "Black Swan" or "Inception". For god's sake, Nolan spent eight years writing "Inception". It was a completely original idea, not being inspired by anything other than creativity in it's purest form. Yet, once again, It has been dumped in the favour of "The King's speech." Faaaaaaaantastic.


But, as said before, the acting awards were handed out fairly. Colin Firth absolutely deserved his BAFTA for his portrayal of "Bertie", the stuttering King, although I admit, I would have liked to see James Franco get some form of recognition for his role in "127 hours", but Colin Firth deserved it. Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush picked up the awards for best supporting roles, they deserved that too, "The King's speech" was a character driven film. So it was nice to see that it didn't win any awards that should have gone to other, more deserving films.


The screenplay for "The Social Network" was brilliant, so I think that it's a deserving winner. The characterisation for that movie is fantastic and you can really feel for the characters, as well as believe in them. The ending scene is tragically hilarious, just doing what most people do, refreshing their facebook constantly until they see that glorious little notification to tell them "You're loved!". Stroke of genius.


Loved how Natalie Portman was awarded for her role in "Black Swan". It would have been nothing short of a travesty is she did not win. Her acting was near enough perfection and you felt for her character, you cared about what happened to her, right up until that final scene. Was she innocent? Was she evil? Was she innocent with underlying evil tones? Did she realise what she was doing? Did we even know what she was doing? So many questions, so little answers, but when you have a film that is this technically breathtaking with acting so good, you don't really crave answers, just the DVD to come out so you can re-live Aronofsky's masterpiece again and again.


Last comment of the night, "Toy Story 3". How could you possibly give the award to another animated film? "Toy Story 3" stole the hearts of adults and Children alike, and I won't cry, it's another one of Pixar's ever growing line of movies that has reduced me to watering eyes... just missing out on moving me to tears (which, so far, only "Up" has managed to do). Thank god the BAFTA's chose one award with no controversy.


SAFEST CHOICE: Leading Actor - Colin Firth
Seriously BAFTA's... Predictable.


CONTROVERSIAL CHOICE: Original Screenplay - The King's Speech.
If you say so.... "Black Swan" and "Inception" are much more deserving.

Lauren xxx

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