EE BAFTA has just revealed the list of nominees for the 2013 awards and there’s no doubt as to who the favorites are: Lincoln received 10 nominations, there are nine each for Les Misérables and Life of Pi, eight for Skyfall and seven for Argo.
Django Unchained “only” received five nominations, despite it being one of the most hotly-anticipated cinema releases of 2013. As for The Hobbit, it received three nominations in the more “minor” categories, such as Sound, Make Up & Hair and Special Visual Effects. It just goes to show that success at the box office isn’t necessarily a guarantee of receiving awards.
In terms of pleasant surprises, two French films have been nominated in the Film Not in the English Language category, with Rust and Bone and Untouchable. Meanwhile, Marion Cotillard’s international success shows no sign of diminishing as she is nominated in the Leading Actress category alongside another French star, Emmanuelle Riva for her harrowing portrayal in Amour.
As for the men, it’s the playboys who have been recognized! In the Leading Actor category, the following have been nominated: Ben Affleck (Argo), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master). OK, fair enough the latter only qualified as a handsome guy because he’s famous ;) However, it does undoubtedly seem that having a good physique is an advantage when it comes to being recognized by your peers, even for the men nowadays!
Five films are in the running to receive the most prestigious EE BAFTA award, for Best Film: Ben Affleck’s Argo, Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Covering the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Kathryn Bigelow’s film has led to her being accused of being a torture apologist. Will EE BAFTA take a risk by giving it an award?
Everything will be revealed on February 10, but while we’re waiting, let’s have some fun and make our own predictions of what might happen. I’ll start by letting you know my own entirely personal choices for the following five categories:
- best Film: Lincoln by Steven Spielberg
- best Director: Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
- film not in the english language: Rust and Bone
- leading Actor: Ben Affleck in Argo
- leading Actress: Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone
Now it’s your turn! And don’t forget to come back on February 10 to find out the official results.