Oscar Watch: Parsing the BAFTA Nominations and Spielberg/Hooper Snub; Could ‘Skyfall’ Land a Best Picture Slot?

Oscar Watch: Parsing the BAFTA Nominations and Spielberg/Hooper Snub; Could 'Skyfall' Land a Best Picture Slot?

The BAFTAs are yet another awards group, about the same size as the Academy, that represents a portion of about 300 voting Brits who can have an impact on the Oscar race. The Brits explain why a film like "Atonement," for example, could do better than expected. Thus BAFTA giving American productions "Lincoln" ten nominations, "Life of Pi" nine, "Argo" seven, and "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Django Unchained" five each is significant. It was to be expected that Brit films "Les Misérables" (nine), "Skyfall (eight) and "Anna Karenina" (six) would do well.

BAFTA voters also gave critics' faves "The Master" and "Amour" four nominations, while "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" landed three technical nods and "Silver Linings Playbook" nabbed acting noms for Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper plus adapted screenplay. You'd think that the Brits would have favored their own "Hitchcock," which only scored two nominations: Helen Mirren and Make Up & Hair. "The Sessions" landed a supporting actress nod for Helen Hunt; John Hawkes was overlooked in the more competitive Best Actor race. Ben Affleck had a very good day, nominated as both Best Director and Best Actor; Denzel Washington was overlooked for "Flight." I suspect the Oscars will favor Washington and Hawkes over Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix.  "Moonrise Kingdom" scored just one nomination for Original Screenplay, while "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was nominated for Adapted Screenplay.

The Oscars should reward "Lincoln" with the same ten categories plus one: Steven Spielberg for director. The BAFTA top five directors omitted both Spielberg and "Les Mis" director Tom Hooper–who landed a DGA nod but is vying for the Oscar director fifth slot with David O. Russell– in favor of Ang Lee, Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino and Michael Haneke. Clearly, BAFTA voters did not respond to the very American comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" as well as their American counterparts.

I agree with Time Magazine that the Brit voters in the Academy could boost "Skyfall" to a surprise best picture nomination along with BAFTA nominees Judi Dench and Javier Bardem as Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor.  BAFTA also nominated the film for Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Outstanding British Film.

And I have always thought that "Anna Karenina" would be recognized by the Oscars in such BAFTA categories as Original Music, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.

Quentin Tarantino's director nomination–over Spielberg or Hooper– is a surprise and may not be repeated by the Oscars, as he did not land a DGA nomination. I suspect, however, that he will wind up a leading contender for Original Screenplay for "Django Unchained," along with Haneke and Paul Thomas Anderson *("The Master"). The Brits went for "Django" Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, which could be a bellwether for the Oscars, although both Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson are also in the running; all three could knock each other out.

I expect the Oscars to also nominate "Amour" actress Emmanuelle Riva, as well as her  BAFTA Best Actress rivals Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and Marion Cotillard. Mirren? Not so sure. I suspect the Oscars will go with Naomi Watts for "The Impossible," which was shut out by the BAFTAs.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Stephen Fry and broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 10 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

The full list of nominations is below:

BEST 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
 
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
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, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin
SKYFALL Sam Mendes, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan
 
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BART LAYTON (Director), DIMITRI DOGANIS (Producer) The Imposter
DAVID MORRIS (Director), JACQUI MORRIS (Director/Producer) McCullin
DEXTER FLETCHER (Director/Writer), DANNY KING (Writer) Wild Bill
JAMES BOBIN (Director) The Muppets
TINA GHARAVI (Director/Writer) I Am Nasrine
 
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
 
DOCUMENTARY
THE IMPOSTER Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis
MARLEY Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel
McCULLIN David Morris, Jacqui Morris
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
WEST OF MEMPHIS Amy Berg
 
ANIMATED FILM
BRAVE Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
FRANKENWEENIE Tim Burton
PARANORMAN Sam Fell, Chris Butler
 
DIRECTOR
AMOUR Michael Haneke
ARGO Ben Affleck
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
LIFE OF PI Ang Lee
ZERO DARK THIRTY Kathryn Bigelow
 
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
AMOUR Michael Haneke
DJANGO UNCHAINED Quentin Tarantino
THE MASTER Paul Thomas Anderson
MOONRISE KINGDOM Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
ZERO DARK THIRTY Mark Boal
 
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
 
LEADING ACTOR
BEN AFFLECK Argo
BRADLEY COOPER Silver Linings Playbook
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Lincoln
HUGH JACKMAN Les Misérables
JOAQUIN PHOENIX The Master
 
LEADING ACTRESS
EMMANUELLE RIVA Amour
HELEN MIRREN Hitchcock
JENNIFER LAWRENCE Silver Linings Playbook
JESSICA CHASTAIN Zero Dark Thirty
MARION COTILLARD Rust and Bone
 
SUPPORTING ACTOR
ALAN ARKIN Argo
CHRISTOPH WALTZ Django Unchained
JAVIER BARDEM Skyfall
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Master
TOMMY LEE JONES Lincoln
 
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS The Master
ANNE HATHAWAY Les Misérables
HELEN HUNT The Sessions
JUDI DENCH Skyfall
SALLY FIELD Lincoln
 
ORIGINAL MUSIC
ANNA KARENINA Dario Marianelli
ARGO Alexandre Desplat
LIFE OF PI Mychael Danna
LINCOLN John Williams
SKYFALL Thomas Newman
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY
ANNA KARENINA Seamus McGarvey
LES MISÉRABLES Danny Cohen
LIFE OF PI Claudio Miranda
LINCOLN Janusz Kaminski
SKYFALL Roger Deakins
 
EDITING
ARGO William Goldenberg
DJANGO UNCHAINED Fred Raskin
LIFE OF PI Tim Squyres
SKYFALL Stuart Baird
ZERO DARK THIRTY Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg
 
PRODUCTION DESIGN
ANNA KARENINA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
LES MISÉRABLES Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
LIFE OF PI David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
LINCOLN Rick Carter, Jim Erickson
SKYFALL Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock
 
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
 
MAKE UP & HAIR
ANNA KARENINA Ivana Primorac
HITCHCOCK Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater
LES MISÉRABLES Lisa Westcott
LINCOLN Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou
 
SOUND
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
LES MISÉRABLES Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst
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
 
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
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
LIFE OF PI Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer
MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE Nominees TBC
PROMETHEUS Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth
 
SHORT ANIMATION
HERE TO FALL Kris Kelly, Evelyn McGrath
I’M FINE THANKS Eamonn O'Neill
THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
 
SHORT FILM
THE CURSE Fyzal Boulifa, Gavin Humphries
GOOD NIGHT Muriel d'Ansembourg, Eva Sigurdardottir
SWIMMER Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
TUMULT Johnny Barrington, Rhianna Andrews
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM Mark Gill, Baldwin Li
 
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
ELIZABETH OLSEN
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH
SURAJ SHARMA
JUNO TEMPLE
ALICIA VIKANDER

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Comments

Dan Ashcroft

Omissions.
LES MISERABLES has a Best Film nomination, but none for Director or Screenplay. Tom Hooper is playing the Hokey-Cokey (or the Pokey Cokey as I believe its called in the US and Australia) at this year's awards season – in-out, in-out. First he didn't make Best Director at the Golden Globes, so it looked like he was out, then he was nominated yesterday by the DGA, so he was back in; now he's not nominated by BAFTA so he's back out.
Odd that LINCOLN gets 10 nominations across all the categories but none for Best Director.
No BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO in the Best British Film category, despite its critical plaudits and BIFA wins. Its slot appears to be taken by SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, which I'd no idea was a British film (is it?).
The snubbing of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. BAFTA were huge LOTR fans giving their Best Film awards to THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (2001) and RETURN OF THE KING (2003). THE HOBBIT only gets 3 nominations in the technical categories.

Pleasant surprises.
Helen Mirren getting a nomination for Best Actress in HITCHCOCK. With a SAG, Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination, surely she must get an Oscar nomination for the role tomorrow?
SKYFALL getting 8 nominations, including Best British Film and two acting nods. Hope it converts some of these into wins.
Will these awards mirror the Oscars? Well, last year HUGO didn't get a Best Film nomination at BAFTA, yet went on to be the most nominated film at the Oscars. Both Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton were BAFTA nominated but failed to make the Oscar nominations. So Thursday's nominations will still have a few surprises in store.
For another view on the BAFTAs and the British at the Oscars check out my blog at
http://britishfilms.blogspot.co.uk/

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