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One Mann’s Movies Awards Special: 2017 Oscars – Will Win / Should Win / Did Win!

Will Win / Should Win / DID Win

 

 

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Jimmy Kimmel – the right sort of humour to carry some cutting political angles.

It’s time for “the big one” again.  The Oscars will be awarded again on Sunday February 26th in LA (LA Land). Hosting the proceedings this time is Jimmy Kimmel (the one who isn’t Jimmy Fallon) in a debut compering role, and I predict he should be very funny. If you want to play a drinking game during the awards, I would recommend the word “Trump”. And drain the glass if there is a spat on stage between Kimmel and Matt Damon.

After a rather average performance at the BAFTAs two weeks ago, I’m hoping to do better with my Oscar predictions. But if last year’s results are anything to go by (“Spotlight”? Best Film?  Ppppllleease!) then it’s a crap shoot that anyone could win. The heavy hand of “race” and positive discrimination is also likely to raise its head, adding an additional dimension to the uncertainty.

But, here we go, and in this post I will declare who I think WILL win; the nominee that I would personally LIKE to win and – during Sunday’s ceremony – I will update the post to document who DID win.

Updates made after the awards ceremony will be in red below.

11/18 in terms of my predictions.  But one of the most extraordinary Best Picture announcements in Oscar history!

Approach

As for last year, I can only comment on the films I’ve seen (those I haven’t seen I’ve marked with asterisks). Since there are some whole categories where I have seen few (if any) of the films, I have not added predictions for them, but document them below for completeness.  

Hot Links

Each picture is a hotlink back to the relevant Oscar nomination page where you can go for more information. There are also links to my reviews of each film from the textual lists, where applicable.

Best Picture

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Nominees:

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Will Win:  La La Land.  Should Win:  Arrival.

Did Win:  Moonlight.

A great bunch of films.  There are only a couple of these that I would quibble about being on the list and a few I’m disappointed are not (no “Nocturnal Animals“?). My personal favourite remains “Arrival”, my Film of the Year 2016, with “Manchester by the Sea” a very close second.

But in the ‘City of Stars’ “La La Land” is the one to beat, with possibly “Moonlight” being the only potential dark horse (no pun intended) to become the “Spotlight” surprise of 2017.  

Oh my word… what a fiasco… Warren Beatty reads out “La La Land” and “Moonlight” is the winner.  You couldn’t make it up!

Actor in a Leading Role

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Nominees:

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

Will Win:  Casey Affleck.  Should Win:  Casey Affleck.

Did Win:  Casey Affleck.

A really strong category, and it’s great to see Andrew Garfield and Viggo Mortensen in the list. But this award has Affleck’s name written all over it. For me by far the most moving and emotional performance of the year. Will the Academy agree though?

Yes! Another great result.  SUCH a moving performance.

Actress in a Leading Role

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Nominees:

Isabelle Huppert, Elle*

Ruth Negga, Loving*

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Will Win:  Emma Stone.  Should Win:  Natalie Portman.

Did Win:  Emma Stone.

I’m a bit blind in this category in having seen neither “Loving” nor “Elle” (which isn’t released in the UK until mid-March).

Although I love dear Meryl, and I really liked “Florence Foster Jenkins“, it remains a criminal act that Amy Adams was overlooked for “Arrival” (and indeed “Nocturnal Animals“).

I predicted a win for Natalie Portman at the BAFTAs and was proved wrong. In LA, the probability of this going Emma Stone’s way must be higher, but if I was Ms Portman I’d be mighty hacked off by this decision: prepare for a fixated grin on that fifth of the TV screen during this announcement! And while my heart would go with Emma Stone for this award, I still think Natalie Portman gave the performance of the year as Jackie Kennedy. (But this feels like it could really go either way: in another sweepstake I have gone for Natalie Portman which illustrates how uncertain I am for this one!)

Natalie Portman wasn’t there!  #nofixatedgrin.  But classy acceptance speech from Emma Stone.

Director

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Nominees:

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Will Win:  La La Land.  Should Win:  La La Land.

Did Win:  Damien Chazelle (La La Land).

The interesting nomination in this list is Mel Gibson’s return to the Oscar fold after his spectacular fall from grace. But while I would see Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” as being a potential contender for this, Damien Chazelle’s BAFTA win should help secure this for “La La Land”.

The youngest winner in history. I’d have given it him for “Whiplash”.

Actor in a Supporting Role

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Nominees:

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Will Win:  Mahershala Ali.  Should Win: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (not nominated).

Did Win:  Mahershala Ali.

Along with Amy Adam’s lack of nomination, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s omission from this category is shocking.  A chilling performance that shot “Nocturnal Animals” into my top 5 from last year. But Mahershala Ali has had a great year (also appearing in “Hidden Figures”) and I would not be disappointed if the award went his way.

Not remotely a surprise there. What an intelligent, emotional and moving acceptance speech though.  Well done sir.

Actress in a Supporting Role

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Nominees:

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea.

Will Win:  Viola Davis.  Should Win:  Naomie Harris.

Did Win:  Viola Davis.

OK, so I might be a bit biased here in putting my support behind the UK’s Naomie Harris’s brilliant performance as the crack-addicted druggie in “Moonlight”. But while I wasn’t crazy about the ‘stagey’ nature of “Fences”, I’ll admit that Viola Davis delivers a deeply emotional performance and also well deserves the award. This seems to be an unusually strong category this year.

Although why exactly any of these roles are actually “Supporting” rather than “Leading” is an interesting debate.

Again, no surprise with this one. Wow, Viola looks so different in real life than in “Fences”. Gets the award so far for the over-dramatic speech of the night. #graveyard #bringthemooddown.

Cinematography

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Nominees:

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence*

Will Win: La La Land. Should Win: Nocturnal Animals (not nominated).

Did Win: La La Land.

I’m afraid I never found the three hours out of my busy life to watch Scorsese’s “Silence”.  Other than that, my only objections to this list would be the inclusion of “Moonlight” (I really hated a lot of the handheld camera action) and the exclusion of “Nocturnal Animals” that I would give the award to for its stylish use of different colour pallettes between the different sections of the film.

Well deserved. Another for La La Land. 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

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Nominees:

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

Will Win:  Lion.  Should Win: Arrival.

Did Win:  Moonlight.

I personally wouldn’t have had either “Moonlight” or “Fences” on this list: “Moonlight” because it so carelessly discarded one of its trump cards without explanation, and “Fences” because the film was such a static translation of the staged play. That being said, “Moonlight” appears to currently be the bookie’s favourite at the moment.

I’m going to plump for the BAFTA winning “Lion” for this category, but “Hidden Figures” could also be in with a shout here. “Arrival” remains my personal favourite for its awe-inducing subtext.

I was always out on a limb on this one.  This is one I will have to agree to disagree about:  Moonlight was good, but I don’t share the same love for it as clearly the rest of the film industry.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

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Nominees:

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women*

Will Win:  Manchester by the Sea.  Should Win: Manchester by the Sea.

Did Win:  Manchester by the Sea.

I would be greatly disappointed if “La La Land” triumphs in this category. Although I love the film there are far stronger screenplays in this set. It’s also interesting to see the quirky and anarchic “The Lobster” in among the nominations. For me (of the four I’ve seen) it should be “Manchester by the Sea” with “Hell or High Water” coming in a close second.

Yes!  Well done Kenneth Lonergan.  Great result.

Film Editing

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Nominees:

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: Hacksaw Ridge.

Did Win:  Hacksaw Ridge.

The editing of the music sequences of “La La Land” was certainly impressive and a worthy winner, but my vote would go with John Gilbert for the editing of “Hacksaw Ridge”, delivering real tension into the traumatic action scenes. 

Great result: well deserved.

Music (Original Score)

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Nominees:

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: La La Land.

Did Win: La La Land.

There are some interesting choices in this list, including the melancholy cello-based “Jackie” and the eclectic mix played throughout “Moonlight”. But if it goes any way other than in Justin Hurwitz’s direction for “La La Land” I’ll eat my much played CD!

Thank goodness… that dare was starting to worry me!

Music (Original Song)

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Nominees:

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land, Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls*, Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land, Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story*, Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana*, Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: La La Land.

Did Win:  City of Stars.

“City of Stars” from “La La Land” must be the ear-worm of the decade and I would be staggered if it didn’t win in this category. The real question will be whether the organisers stick Sting on early to give viewer’s wrists a chance to heal before the finale!

#unstaggered.

Make Up and Hairstyling

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Nominees:

A Man Called Ove*

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

Will Win: Star Trek Beyond.  Should Win: Star Trek Beyond.

Did Win:  Suicide Squad.

A pure guess, purely because I very much liked Sofia Boutella’s make-up (about the only thing I did approve of in that film!).

Seems almost obscene that “Suicide Squad” can put “Oscar-winner” on its DVD… but, the make-up is undeniably good… I’d forgot about Cara Delevingne’s spectacular look.

Costume Design

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Nominees:

Allied*

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: La La Land.

Did Win:  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them.

Stylish. Gorgeous. Colourful. Simple. “La La Land”. But that’s what I said for the BAFTAs and that went with Jackie, which I dismissed as being too like the originals to win… so what do I know!

A British win!  Good on her.  But Colleen Atwood seemed genuinely gobsmacked she won.

Production Design

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Nominees:

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: La La Land.

Did Win:  La La Land.

I was a little surprised that neither “Hacksaw Ridge” nor “Nocturnal Animals” were nominated for this award, but good to see “Hail Caesar” given a nod, patchy as the Coen Brothers film may have been. I would expect “La La Land” to walk away with this one though, although “Fantastic Beasts” won the BAFTA.

Was beginning to think that this was going to be a complete wipeout for La La Land.  We will see how the rest of the evening unfolds.

Visual Effects

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Nominees:

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book*

Kubo and the Two Strings*

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Will Win: The Jungle Book.  Should Win: Rogue One.

Did Win:  The Jungle Book.

All of the buzz seems to be about the CGI in the “Jungle Book”, the only one I haven’t seen! But my money would go to “Rogue One” for the impressive closing battle scenes.

“All the buzz” was right!

Sound Editing

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Nominees:

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: Arrival.

Did Win:  Arrival.

This is what I predicted for the BAFTAs and Arrival went and won it!  And the bookies seem to be going with Hacksaw Ridge (which does have excellent sound editing). But I have a sneaky feeling that this is going to be La La Land’s night across the board.  We will see.

Not going with my gut feel once is bad; not going with my gut feel twice is plain careless!

Sound Mixing

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Nominees:

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi*

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: Arrival.

Did Win:  Hacksaw Ridge.

I’ll go with the same mix (no pun intended!) as the sound editing for this. It always seems to me that the sound department is a bit greedy in having two goes at the cherry for an Oscar where there are lots of potential other areas that could be represented:  Best stunt team? Best ensemble cast? Best animal actor? 

What a night for Kevin O’Connell, nominated 21 times and now getting a win!

And the rest….

I’ve seen so few of these films in the remaining categories that I will exclude them from my predictions, but for completeness they are…

Documentary (Feature)

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Nominees:

Fire at Sea*

I Am Not Your Negro*

Life, Animated*

O.J.: Made in America*

13th*

Did Win:  O.J.: Made in America.

No “Beatles: Eight Days Per Week“? I bet Ron Howard was a bit miffed.

Documentary (Short)

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Nominees:

Extremis*

4.1 Miles*

Joe’s Violin*

Watani: My Homeland*

The White Helmets*

Did Win:  The White Helmets.

Animated Feature Film

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Nominees:

Kubo and the Two Strings*

Moana*

My Life as a Zucchini*

The Red Turtle*

Zootopia*

I suspect that Zootopia may have the best chance in this set.

Did Win:  Zootopia.

Short Film (Animated)

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Nominees:

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper
Did Win:  Piper.

Short Film (Live Action)

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Nominees:

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode
Did Win:  Sing.

Don’t mean to be rude, but the Oscar voters did know Sing was not the same animated flick that their kids liked, check?

Foreign Language Film

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Nominees:

Land of Mine*

A Man Called Ore*

The Salesman*

Tanna*

Toni Erdmann*

Did Win:  The Salesman.

 

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One Mann’s Movies Awards Special: 2017 BAFTA Awards – Will Win/Should Win

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National treasure Stephen Fry bringing his own inimitable style of delivery again to the BAFTA awards on Sunday night.

Will Win/Should Win/DID Win

It’s that weekend again and time for the BAFTA Film awards 2017, taking place on Sunday February 12th in London and compered again by the inimitable national treasure Stephen Fry.  Once again, I will stick my cinematic neck out and declare who I think WILL win; the nominee that I would personally LIKE to win and – after Sunday – I will update the post to document who DID win.

Updates made after 9pm on Feb 12th are in red.

My score was 9/17 (of those I went for) – so better than 50:50 at least!  But not as good as last year… onwards to the Oscars!

:Rant=ON.

Before I get into the categories though, let me start with a rant aimed at BAFTA. WHY OH WHY OH WHY (getting quite red in the face) does the Academy insist on nominating films that have not yet had (or barely had) any release in the UK?  It is normally bad, but this year seems to have been the worst on record. It has been impossible (unless you have pre-release access to the films) to get to see all the key nominees before the award night itself which significantly reduces the pleasure of the event for UK film lovers. The key cases in point are “Fences” (UK release February 10th) and “Hidden Figures” (UK release February 17th)

My view (a free suggestion BAFTA, for your consideration) is that you should ONLY allow nominations for the awards where the films have had a UK release during the year to December 31st. That would give time for everyone to actually see the films before the awards themselves.

It must be so important to film producers for their Oscar chances to have success at the BAFTAs that they would pretty quickly bring their release dates forwards to suit YOUR dates – not having the piper call the tune! 

:Rant=OFF.

Approach

As for last year, I can only comment on the films I’ve seen (those I haven’t seen I’ve marked with asterisks) – – sorry “Hidden Figures”. And this is not going to be easy, since the films released this year are more diverse than ever:  how do you compare which is “better” between “La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea”? 

Note that the category pictures used are lifted from the BAFTA site (so are all copyright BAFTA). Each picture is a hotlink back to the relevant BAFTA nomination page where you can go for more information. There are links to my review of each film from the textual lists, where applicable.

Best Film

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Arrival

I, Daniel Blake*

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Will Win:  La La Land.  Should Win:  Arrival.

Did Win:  La La Land.

Wow, what a diverse bunch.  Will “La La Land” win the day? I think it will at the Oscars, but here I am less sure. My personal favourite of this bunch is “Arrival”, my Film of the Year 2016, with “Manchester by the Sea” a very close second.

No surprise there I think, given director went with Chazelle as well.

Outstanding British Film

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American Honey*

Denial

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I, Daniel Blake*

Notes on Blindness*

Under the Shadow*

Will Win:  No idea.  Should Win:  No idea.

Did Win:  I Daniel Blake.

Sigh… After seeing five out of the six British films last year, I have seen so few of this year’s bunch (I must give up the day job) I can’t make a judgement. My only thought would be that I wouldn’t choose to give this award to either “Denial” or “Fantastic Beasts”.  I have heard good things about “Notes on Blindness” and “Under the Shadow” but have unfortunately not got to either yet.

Just further cemented my need to see this film.

Director

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 Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Ken Loach – I, Daniel Blake*

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea

Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals

Will Win:  Damien Chazelle.  Should Win:  Damien Chazelle.

Did Win:  Damien Chazelle.

There can be no denying that Damien Chazelle has helped reshape the cinema landscape in 2016/17 with “La La Land”. It’s a brilliant concoction.  But I have a lot of love for Tom Ford and Kenneth Lonergan in that list too.

As expected.

Leading Actress

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 Amy Adams – Arrival

Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train

Emma Stone – La La Land

Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Will Win:  Natalie Portman.  Should Win:  Natalie Portman.

Did Win:  Emma Stone.

It’s great to see Amy Adams at least given a nod for a BAFTA after being overlooked in the Oscar nominations. And while my heart would go with Emma Stone for this award, I think Natalie Portman’s is the performance of the year as Jackie Kennedy.

Well – that’s quite a surprise.  But my heart is happy at least!

Leading Actor

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 Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nocturnal Animals

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic*

Will Win:  Casey Affleck.  Should Win:  Casey Affleck.

Did Win:  Casey Affleck.

Before this week, I wouldn’t have rated Andrew Garfield in this list, but his was an impressive performance. But this should be Casey Affleck’s year for his riveting performance as the damaged and grieving brother and uncle.

Excellent.  Well deserved Mr Affleck.

Supporting Actress

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 Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake*

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Naomie Harris – Moonlight

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Viola Davis – Fences*

Will Win:  Viola Davis.  Should Win:  Naomie Harris.

Did Win:  Viola Davis.

Viola Davis seems to be the bookie’s favourite which makes it a shame I haven’t seen the film (damn you flu!). Michelle Williams was brilliant in “Manchester by the Sea”, but her appearance was fairly fleeting.  My personal favourite was Naomie Harris, just brilliant as the crack-addicted and tragic mother in “Moonlight”.

Should be seeing “Fences” some time this week, so watch out for my review.

Supporting Actor

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Dev Patel – Lion

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water*

Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Will Win:  Mahershala Ali.  Should Win: Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Did Win:  Dev Patel.

Undoubtedly Mahershala Ali’s performance in “Moonlight” was impressive (before his magical and unexplained disappearance!) but the most alien performance of the year for me was the unrecognisable presence of Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the vicious Texan hoodlum from “Nocturnal Animals”. Simply chilling.

Wow – didn’t expect that, but well done Dev… delighted he won it.

Adapted Screenplay

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Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hidden Figures*

Lion

Nocturnal Animals

Will Win:  Arrival.  Should Win: Arrival.

Did Win:  Lion.

I’ve never been more surprised by the twist of a film in 2016.  The screenplay of “Arrival” zings with intelligence and verve.  I don’t see it doing particularly well overall, but I’d love to see it win this award.

Well, that was a bit of a surprise.  Great film, can’t deny it.

Original Screenplay

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Hell or High Water*

I, Daniel Blake*

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Will Win: Manchester by the Sea.  Should Win: Manchester by the Sea.

Did Win:  Manchester by the Sea.

Again, I’m two short in this category, but the standout screenplay for me in absolute terms was “Manchester by the Sea”. Again a film with an astonishing twist of gut-wrenching proportions but supported by great dialogue and – just as importantly – great moments of stillness in between.

Yes… result!

Outstanding Debut

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Mike Carey (Writer), Camille Gatin (Producer) – The Girl With All The Gifts

George Amponsah (Writer/Director/Producer), Dionne Walker (Writer/Producer) – The Hard Stop*

Pete Middleton (Writer/Director/Producer), James Spinney (Writer/Director/Producer), Jo-Jo Ellison (Producer) – Notes on Blindness*

John Donnelly (Writer), Ben Williams (Director) – The Pass*

Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers) – Under the Shadow*

Will Win: No idea.  Should Win: The Girl with all the Gifts.

Did Win:  Under the Shadow.

I’m so short on visibility again on this one it would be wrong to try to call who will win. However, with “The Girl with all the Gifts” making my Number 2 slot for Films of the Year 2016 then I’ll be cheering for this one on the night:  a superb low-budget shocker.

Another one promoted up the “must watch” list.

Cinematography

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Arrival

Hell or High Water*

La La Land

Lion

Nocturnal Animals

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: Nocturnal Animals.

Did Win: La La Land.

A tough category to call.  I loved the cinematography in all these films that I saw. However, my choice would be “Nocturnal Animals” for the clever use of colour pallette between the different sections of the film.

Editing

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Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Nocturnal Animals

Manchester by the Sea

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: La La Land.

Did Win:  Hacksaw Ridge.

“La La Land” is the obvious choice for this, but I was also greatly impressed by the editing of “Hacksaw Ridge”. #tension.

Arrgh – should have gone with my convictions!

Make Up and Hair

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Florence Foster Jenkins

Doctor Strange

Hacksaw Ridge

Nocturnal Animals

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Will Win: Florence Foster Jenkins.  Should Win: Hacksaw Ridge.

Did Win:  Florence Foster Jenkins.

Like I’m a make-up and hair expert!  “Florence Foster Jenkins” is flamboyant and filmed in Britain, so might get the nod. But then so is “Rogue One”. I think it likely the award will go to one or the other. After seeing the impressive make-up effects used on “Hacksaw Ridge” though, my personal vote would go that way.

Costume Design

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 Allied*

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: La La Land.

Did Win:  Jackie.

Stylish. Gorgeous. Colourful. Simple. “La La Land”.

Thought the costumes of Jackie might be too much like the originals to win… wrong!

Production Design

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Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail Caesar!

La La Land

Nocturnal Animals

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: Nocturnal Animals.

Did Win:  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

I was a little surprised that “Hacksaw Ridge” wasn’t a nominee for this. Whilst I fully expect “La La Land” to rule again, its “Nocturnal Animals” that I thought was the most visually stylish film of the year.

Special Visual Effects

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Arrival

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Jungle Book*

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Will Win: The Jungle Book.  Should Win: Rogue One.

Did Win:  The Jungle Book.

All of the buzz seems to be about the CGI in the “Jungle Book”, the only one I haven’t seen! But my money would go to “Rogue One” for the impressive closing battle scenes.

Original Music

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Arrival

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Nocturnal Animals

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: La La Land.

Did Win:  La La Land.

Damn that ear worm!  I also have a lot of love for the piano soundtrack to “Lion”. (A bit of a surprise perhaps that Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack to “Rogue One” wasn’t nominated).

Sound

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Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Will Win: La La Land.  Should Win: Arrival.

Did Win:  Arrival.

Whilst I suspect “La La Land” may romp away with many of these awards, “Arrival” was the film in this list that stood out to me for Sound Design.  A movie of such calmness and quiet, but when sound was used it was used with electric effect.

Arggh again – should have gone with my convictions (again!).  Great decision though.

EE Rising Star

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Anya Taylor-Joy

Laia Costa

Lucas Hedges

Tom Holland

Ruth Negga

Will Win: Ruth Negga.  Should Win: Lucas Hedges

Did Win:  Tom Holland.

I’m afraid I haven’t seen enough of all these young people’s work to be definitive. But with a Oscar nomination for “Loving”, Ruth Negga might be the obvious choice.  For me, Lucas Hedges remarkably assured performance in “Manchester by the Sea” spoke to me so that’s where I cast my vote.

Tom Holland – Marvel fans. Populist vote.  Never let the public decide!

And the rest….

I’ve seen so few of these films in the remaining categories that I will exclude them from my predictions, but for completeness they are…

Documentary

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13th

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

The Eagle Huntress

Notes on Blindness

Weiner

Did Win:  13th.

Film not in the English Language

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Dheepan

Julieta

Mustang

Son of Saul

Toni Erdmann

Did Win:  Son of Saul.

Animated Film

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Finding Dory

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

Zootropolis

Did Win:  Kubo and the Two Strings.

British Short Film

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Consumed

Home

Mouth of Hell

The Party

Standby

Did Win:  Home.

British Short Animation

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 The Alan Dimension

A Love Story

Tough

Did Win:  A Love Story.

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One Mann’s Movies Special: The 2016 Academy Awards – Will Win; Should Win

After my decent effort (11/17) of predicting the 2016 BAFTA awards, it’s time to look at the BIG one: the 2016 Academy Award presentations to be made next Sunday, February 28th. So below you will find my predictions as to what/who I think WILL win (considering how normal Hollywood biases apply) and what/who I think SHOULD win the coveted Oscar.

I’ve specifically excluded many of the minor categories since I haven’t seen enough of the films  (though that probably doesn’t stop the voters!). So excluded from the list below are: “Animated Films” (though “Inside Out” gets my vote for “Animated Feature” – and won); “Documentaries” (although ditto for “Amy” for “Documentary Feature” – which also won); the “Shorts” category and the “Foreign Language” film category.

I’m also ashamed to admit that I’ve still not got to see a small number of the films in the list: “Trumbo”; “45 Years” and “Straight Outta Compton” (I’ve marked these in the lists with an asterisk).

Can Bob-the-Movie-Man do better with my Oscar predictions?  I’ll repost this blog with the results on the night!

[Note: I’ve changed my mind on the Best Supporting Actress award – I reedited this BEFORE the event – and no DeLorean involved!]

Now updated with the results!  

My score was 12/18 which I’m quite happy with.  Just didn’t see the Mad Max technical love-in, and certainly DIDN’T see or approve of the Best Film award.  

 

Best Film

Best Film Composite

  • Brooklyn
  • The Revenant
  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Big Short
  • The Martian
  • Spotlight
  • Room
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

Will Win:  The Revenant.  Should Win:  The Revenant

Did Win: Spotlight.  (Sorry, but that seems a travesty given the flow of the other awards. #nothappy).

A solid nominations list, this shows its been a really good year for film. Two films missing from the list (imho) are “Carol” and “Ex Machina”, which I would probably swap in place of “Spotlight” and “Bridge of Spies”. It’s unlikely that “The Martian” will win, since the Oscar seldom goes to a Comedy or Musical (LOL – see here).  I think the “Revenant” is done with such verve and style it should win on the night.

 Actor in a Leading Role

Best Actor composite

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo*
  • Matt Damon – The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Will Win:  Leonardo DiCaprio.  Should Win:  Leonardo DiCaprio.

Did Win: Leonardo DiCaprio.

Surely to God this must be DiCaprio’s year mustn’t it?  If he doesn’t he’ll just have to grin and ‘bear’ it!

Actress in a Leading Role

Best Actress composite

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years*
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

Will Win:  Brie Larson.  Should Win:  Brie Larson.

Did Win: Brie Larson.

This is a wide-open category. Perhaps the surprise is Charlotte Rampling’s nomination ahead of Alicia Vikander for either the “The Danish Girl” or “Ex Machina” (surely leading actress roles!!).  Cate Blanchett might get it, but it would be wonderful if young Ms Larson snatched it to match her BAFTA win for her excellent performance in “Room”.

Actor in a Supporting Role

Supporting Actor composite

  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy – The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Will Win:  Sylvester Stallone.  Should Win: Mark Rylance.

Did Win: Mark Rylance.  (Hoorah! – head over heart).

Hmm.. this is a tricky one, since the award really should go to Rylance for his quiet yet mesmerising performance as the Russian spy. However, there is an emotional symmetry behind the Academy recognising Stallone for his Rocky reboot and – I rather fear – that heart might rule the head on the night.  It was a good performance by Stallone, but…

Actress in a Supporting Role

Supporting Actress composite

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  • Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Will Win:  Alicia Vikander.  Should Win: Rooney Mara.

Did Win: Alicia Vikander.  (#delighted!)

When is an actress “Supporting” rather than “Leading”?  Surely the main female in any film must be the “leading” actress? Clearly the Academy thinks not, else 3 of these 5 wouldn’t be there (and arguably that’s 4 out of 5 since Mara is a co-lead).

This is another really tough category to predict.  I was ‘gobsmacked’ to see Winslet take the BAFTA for this category, but without the positive British momentum perhaps the flow will head towards Jason Leigh for her brilliantly over the top performance for Tarantino. However, the two actresses I would really like to see recognised in this category are Alicia Vikander (for either “The Danish Girl” or “Ex Machina”, both equally good) and Rooney Mara – my personal preference – just exquisite in “Carol”.

Cinematography

Cinematography composite

  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario

Will Win: The Revenant.  Should Win: Carol.

Did Win: The Revenant.

Another category stuffed with films with memorable scenes.  I think the voting for this will go with Emmanuel Lubezki’s epic work on “The Revenant”, but my personal choice would be the ‘quietest’ of the five – Edward Lachman’s beautifully rendered view of 1950’s America in “Carol”.

Costume Design

costume composite

  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.  Should Win: Carol.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

The BAFTA went to Mad Max ahead of more ‘obvious’ British candidates, so I will put my money on that for this category.  However, I would still view Carol as so gorgeously decorative that it deserves to win.

Directing

Director Composite

  • Adam McKay – The Big Short
  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant 
  • Room – Lenny Abrahamson
  • Spotlight – Tom McCarthy

Will Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu.  Should Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

Did Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

Iñárritu will surely win this for “The Revenant”… or I’ll go and eat a raw bison liver.

Film Editing

Editing composite

  • The Big Short
  • Spotlight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The Revenant

Will Win: The Revenant.  Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

I’d personally have dropped “Spectre” into this category, if for nothing else than for the apparently continuous ‘tracking shot’ in the first five minutes. I think this will go to “The Revenant”, though it’s difficult to tell whether some of the extraordinary scenes were down to editing or special effects or a mixture of the two. Nothing contributes to an action film like the editing, and for me Margaret Sixel deserves this award for delivering a literally high octane experience like no other this year in “Mad Max: Fury Road”.

Make-Up and Hair Styling

Hair composite

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out a Window and Disappeared*

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.  Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road

A curiously light category:  no Carol? no Brooklyn?  I’ve only seen two of the three, but Mad Max is the one that stands out.

Music (Original Score)

Music composite

  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Carol
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Will Win: The Hateful Eight.  Should Win: The Hateful Eight.

Did Win: The Hateful Eight.

It’s wonderful to see Carter Burwell’s music for “Carol” recognised in this category (overlooked at the BAFTAs). This year saw the return of two titans of the film soundtrack world:  John Williams with “Star Wars” and Ennio Morricone with “The Hateful Eight”. For me, Morricone’s score was the most impressive and he should follow his BAFTA win with the Oscar.

Music (Original Song)

Song composite

  • “Earned It” – Fifty Shades of Grey
  • “Manta Ray” – Racing Extinction
  • “Simple Song #3” – Youth
  • “Til it Happens to You” – The Hunting Ground
  • “Writings on the Wall” – Spectre

Will Win: Writings on the Wall.  Should Win: Manta Ray.

Did Win: “Writings on the Wall”.

There’s no telling where the Oscar might go on this one… with Lady Gaga in the mix with “Til it Happens to You” and Sam Smith’s hit (loved and hated in equal measure).  My personal favourite is the moody “Manta Ray”.

Production Design

Prod design composite

  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.  Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

I recently watched Mad Max again… and it is a masterpiece of design and organisation, with filming in the Namibia desert in conditions almost as extreme as “The Revenant”.

Sound Editing

Sound composite

  • Sicario
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Will Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Should Win: The Martian.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

(What’s the difference between Sound Editing and Sound Mixing?  There is a good explanation here.  But it always seems a little greedy that the subject gets two of the awards!)   As a non-technician, I will probably get this wrong, but Star Wars has a long held tradition for its ground-breaking work in sound. I thought some of the dialogue in “The Revenant” was incomprehensible, but I suspect it might still win!  For me, “The Martian” is the one where I noticed the sound design most prominently.

Sound Mixing

Sound Mixing composite

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Will Win: The Revenant.  Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Again, I will probably get this wrong, but the BAFTA for sound went with “The Revenant” so I will follow that lead.

Visual Effects

Visual composite

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.  Should Win: Ex Machina.

Did Win: Ex Machina.  (#delighted-to-be-wrong)

“The Revenant” had some astonishing (yet subtle) special effects in it, so good to see it nominated in this category.  I ‘m not sure the vote will go the same way as the BAFTAs here (“Star Wars”), so I am going to plump for “Mad Max” to win this one. But my love would stay with the beautiful and sensual realisation of Eva in “Ex Machina”.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Adapted Screenplay composite

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • The Martian
  • Carol
  • Room

Will Win: The Big Short.  Should Win: The Big Short.

Did Win: The Big Short.

One of my favourite films of 2016 so far, largely down to the excellent and entertaining script adapted from Adam McKay’s book.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

screenplay original composite

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton*

Will Win: Spotlight.  Should Win: Ex Machina.

Did Win: Spotlight.

The BAFTA went to “Spotlight”:  one of the films (and I seem to be in a minority here) that I was disappointed with.  Though not very “wordy”, I would go with “Ex Machina” for this.

 


There’s nothing more contentious than movie awards!  No you agree with my suggestions?  Who else do you think was robbed by not being nominated this year?  Please feel free to comment below!

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One Mann’s Movies Special: 2016 BAFTA Awards (Will Win/Should Win/DID Win)

BAFTA

OK – so it’s that time of year again, and time to put the proverbial member on the block and nail my predictions to the wall for the 2016 BAFTA awards, which will be presented in London this evening. In traditional fashion I’ve predicted, for the main categories, what/who I think will win (considering how normal industry biases applied) and what/who I think should win (as if you, dear reader, give a damn what I think!).

I do find it perennially annoying that BAFTA choose to follow the Oscar buzz by nominating films that were not actually released in the UK until 2016, but (with a few exceptions like “Trumbo” and “Sicario”) I have managed to see most of the films (I’ve marked those I haven’t seen with an asterisk).

For this reason I also haven’t suggested any winners in the ‘Shorts’ categories (though why isn’t Pixar’s fantastic “Lava” nominated in the Animated Short category?); in the “Documentary” category (although I greatly admired “Amy”) and in the “Outstanding Debut” category (although I would be bitterly disappointed if Alex Garland didn’t win that for directing “Ex Machina”).

Note that the category pictures are lifted from the BAFTA site, and each picture is a hotlink back to the relevant BAFTA nomination page where you can go for more information.

Now updated with the results and how well I did! Fad score =  11/17.  B+

Best Film

BAFTA - Best Film

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Revenant
  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Big Short
  • Carol
  • Spotlight

Will Win:  The Revenant.  Should Win:  The Revenant

Did Win: The Revenant.


I have a lot of time for most of the films in this category, perhaps with “Spotlight” (in my opinion) being the weakest of the five. I think the Revenant is done with such verve and style it should win, but Carol also stands a good chance I think with the British voters.

Outstanding British Film

BAFTA - Outstanding British Film

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 45 Years*
  • The Lobster
  • Amy
  • Ex Machina
  • Brooklyn
  • The Danish Girl

Will Win:  Brooklyn.  Should Win:  Ex Machina.

Did Win: Brooklyn

The diversity in this category makes it a really difficult call. I hear great things about “45 Years” and “Amy” was an outstanding (and poignant) documentary. It would be great for Brooklyn, as a hidden gem, to score an award and I think there might be enough love in the Academy for that to sway the vote. But I have to stick with one of my top 3 personal film of the year with Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina”.

Leading Actor

BAFTA - Leading Actor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo*
  • Matt Damon – The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Will Win:  Leonardo DiCaprio.  Should Win:  Leonardo DiCaprio.

Did Win: Leonardo DiCaprio.

This is surely a shoe-in for DiCaprio. Although noone is going to beat Jean Dujardin’s award in 2012’s “The Artist” for the fewest lines of dialogue by a winner, DiCaprio if he wins would probably come a close second!

Leading Actress

BAFTA - Leading Actress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Will Win:  Maggie Smith.  Should Win:  Brie Larson.

Did Win: Brie Larson.

Another wide-open category. If I was voting for a body of work, I have a lot of love for Alicia Vikander who turned in both “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina” as strong contenders for the acting role last year. While I think the British bias might see Maggie Smith home on this one, I’d personally call out Brie Larson’s moving performance that completely carried the excellent “Room”.

Supporting Actor

BAFTA - Supporting Actor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Benicio Del Toro – Sicario*
  • Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation*
  • Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Will Win:  Mark Rylance.  Should Win: Mark Rylance.

Did Win: Mark Rylance.

This is a bit tricky since I’m blindsided with two of the performances in this category (was “Beasts of No Nation” ever released in UK cinemas or just on Netflix? In which case it is a dubious nomination in my eyes). Despite leading the nominations I don’t think it’s going to be a good night for “Bridge of Spies”, but my money is on Rylance for this award. A simple yet mesmerising performance as the Russian spy.

Supporting Actress

BAFTA - Supporting Actress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
  • Julie Walters – Brooklyn
  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Will Win:  Julie Walters.  Should Win: Rooney Mara.

Did Win: Kate Winslet.

Oh my, this is another really tough category to call!  Jason Leigh might be spitting blood (again!) if she doesn’t win this for what was the best thing in “The Hateful Eight”. I have already spoken-up for Alicia Vikander in “Ex Machina”. But I think the British vote may go Julie Walter’s way for her delightfully comic performance in the sleeper hit “Brooklyn”. My personal vote would be for Rooney Mara, just exquisite in “Carol”.

Director

BAFTA - Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Adam McKay – The Big Short
  • Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies
  • Todd Haynes – Carol
  • Ridley Scott – The Martian
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant 

Will Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu.  Should Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

Did Win: Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

Whilst Todd Haynes might be a contender for “Carol”, I think you would be foolish to bet against Iñárritu for his outstanding example of ‘method directing’ for “The Revenant”.

Animated Film

BAFTA - Animated Film

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Inside Out
  • Minions
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

Will Win: Inside Out.  Should Win: Inside Out.

Did Win: Inside Out.

Though it has been accused of plagerising the concepts used from elsewhere, Inside Out was a massively inventive and well-executed film, just missing my top-10 list for the year.

Cinematography

BAFTA - Cinematography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario*

Will Win: The Revenant.  Should Win: Carol.

Did Win: The Revenant.

Another impossibly difficult category to call. The camera work on “Bridge of Spies” was brilliant and “classic-Spielberg”, and the impossibly energetic action scenes in “Mad Max” must have been a nightmare to film. I think the voting for this will go with Emmanuel Lubezki’s epic work on “The Revenant”, but my personal choice would be Edward Lachman’s beautifully rendered view of 1950’s America in “Carol”.

Costume Design

BAFTA - Costume Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

Will Win: The Danish Girl.  Should Win: Carol.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

If you saw how I dressed, you’d know I know absolutely nothing about Costume Design!  But I think the academy will want to push at least one award in the direction of “The Danish Girl”.

EE Rising Star

BAFTA - EE Rising Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • John Boyega
  • Taron Egerton
  • Dakota Johnson
  • Brie Larson
  • Bel Powley*

Will Win: John Boyega.  Should Win: Brie Larson.

Did Win: John Boyega.

“Rising Star” is a rather odd category, since Brie Larson has been regularly acting in feature films since 1999!  This one is voted for by the public, so (in the absence of Daisy Ridley’s nomination in this category, which seems bizarre) I think the popular tide will run in John Boyega’s direction for his role in “Star Wars”. But the clear winner amongst these should be Brie Larson for her impressive performances in both “Room” and “Trainwreck” during 2015.

Editing

BAFTA - Editing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Will Win: The Revenant.  Should Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

I’d personally have dropped “Spectre” into this category, if for nothing else than the apparently continuous ‘tracking shot’ in the first five minutes. I think this will go to “The Revenant”, though it’s difficult to tell whether some of the extraordinary scenes were down to editing or special effects or a mixture of the two. Nothing contributes to an action film like the editing, and for me Margaret Sixel deserves this award for delivering a literally high octane experience like no other this year in “Mad Max: Fury Road”.

Make-Up and Hair

BAFTA - Make Up and Hair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

Will Win: The Danish Girl.  Should Win: Brooklyn.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Again, not a category I can claim much expertise in (“I’m looking increasingly like my Aunt Mildred” – Hugh Grant, “Love Actually”).

Original Music

BAFTA - Original Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario*
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Will Win: The Hateful Eight.  Should Win: The Hateful Eight.

Did Win: The Hateful Eight.

I don’t know the score to Sicario (though was impressed by Jóhann Jóhannsson’s previous work for “The Theory of Everything”). This year saw the return of two titans of the film soundtrack world:  John Williams with “Star Wars” and Ennio Morricone with “The Hateful Eight”. For me, Morricone’s score was the most impressive, and I think the Academy might agree.

Production Design

BAFTA - Production Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Will Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.  Should Win: Bridge of Spies.

Did Win: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Everything about the depiction of East Berlin in “Bridge of Spies” seemed spot on to me, although the production in Mad Max was mind-bogglingly realised and the more obvious choice.

Sound

BAFTA - Sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Will Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Should Win: The Martian.

Did Win: The Revenant.

Given most of the dialogue in “The Revenant” was incomprehensible, I think it would be a crime if it won for this!  Other than that, I think all the other nominations in this category are good, but I would call out “The Martian” as the one where I noticed the sound design most prominently.

Special Visual Effects

BAFTA - Special Visual Effects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ant-Man
  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Will Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Should Win: Ex Machina.

Did Win: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It’s nice to see “Ant Man” nominated:  for me, one of the more unexpectedly enjoyable films I saw during 2015. Again, a difficult category to call, but I would expect the Academy to want to recognize the British talent that goes into the Star Wars franchise again. My money would go with the beautiful and sensual realisation of Eva in “Ex Machina”.


 

There’s nothing more contentious than movie awards!  No you agree with my suggestions?  Who else do you think was robbed by not being nominated this year?  Please feel free to comment below!