Friday, January 8, 2016

BAFTA nominations

So the last major industry group to sound off before the Oscar ballot deadline has done so. Good news for Bridge of Spies and Carol, who lead nominations with nine apiece.

BEST FILM
“The Big Short” -- Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt
“Bridge of Spies” -- Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg
“Carol” -- Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
“The Revenant” -- Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
“Spotlight” -- Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar
Good day to be producer Steve Golin, but the absence of American blockbusters Mad Max and The Martian probably indicates that they're chances at actually winning the Oscar for Best Picture are limited.

DIRECTOR
“The Big Short” -- Adam McKay
“Bridge of Spies” -- Steven Spielberg
“Carol” -- Todd Haynes
“The Martian” -- Ridley Scott
“The Revenant” -- Alejandro G. Inarritu
No love for George Miller (the presumed fronrunner, stateside); A sign of things to come? I still question whether the Academy's tiny and somewhat picky directors branch would spring for him.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Bridge of Spies” -- Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
“Ex Machina” -- Alex Garland
“The Hateful Eight” -- Quentin Tarantino
“Inside Out” -- Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg Lefauve
“Spotlight” -- Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
I'm guessing this is your Oscar lineup right here. The fringe contenders (Joy, Youth, Son of Saul, Sicario, Straight Outta Compton) just don't feel strong enough to crack it.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Big Short” -- Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
“Brooklyn” -- Nick Hornby
“Carol” -- Phyllis Nagy
“Room” -- Emma Donoghue
“Steve Jobs” -- Aaron Sorkin
Another very plausibly Oscar lineup, though The Martian lurks.

LEADING ACTOR
Bryan Cranston -- “Trumbo”
Eddie Redmayne -- “The Danish Girl”
Leonardo DiCaprio -- “The Revenant”
Matt Damon -- “The Martian”
Michael Fassbender -- “Steve Jobs”
Once again, Johnny Depp misses with a major precursor. Soon-to-be Globe winner Matt Damon is in excellent spoiler position.

LEADING ACTRESS
Alicia Vikander -- “The Danish Girl”
Brie Larson -- “Room”
Cate Blanchett -- “Carol”
Maggie Smith -- “The Lady in the Van”
Saoirse Ronan -- “Brooklyn”
Hmmm... They didn't take the bait on Vikander's Supporting campaign, but they did with Mara. Curiouser and curiouser. As for Dame Maggie, the Brits love her (as do we all), but minimal attention on our side of the pond leads me to believe this is a one-off -- though you never know...

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Benicio Del Toro -- “Sicario”
Christian Bale -- “The Big Short”
Idris Elba -- “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Ruffalo -- “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance -- “Bridge of Spies”
Finally, some support for Del Toro! This is definitely going to be my least accurate category for nominee predictions this year. Ten men have been nominated by SAG, BFCA, the Globes and BAFTA. So nebulous!

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Alicia Vikander -- “Ex Machina”
Jennifer Jason Leigh -- “The Hateful Eight”
Julie Walters -- “Brooklyn”
Kate Winslet -- “Steve Jobs”
Rooney Mara -- “Carol”
Another double dip for Vikander, as at the Globes. Thrilled to see Julie Walters, Brooklyn's secret weapon, finally turn up somewhere.

ORIGINAL MUSIC
“Bridge of Spies” -- Thomas Newman
“The Hateful Eight” -- Ennio Morricone
“The Revenant” -- Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai
“Sicario” -- Johann Johannsson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” -- John Williams
Yes, yes, a thousand times YES to Johann Johannsson. If the Academy's music branch can follow suit I'll be very happy indeed. Ditto Ennio Morricone, although I don't think I could bear to see him lose an Oscar on what could be his last at-bat. The disqualification of The Revenant means we won't have 5/5 overlap.

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Bridge of Spies” -- Janusz Kaminski
“Carol” -- Ed Lachman
“Mad Max: Fury Road” -- John Seale
“The Revenant” -- Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario” -- Roger Deakins
Another big get for Kaminski, and another miss for Richardson. Am I misreading this race?

EDITING
“The Big Short” -- Hank Corwin
“Bridge of Spies” -- Michael Kahn
“Mad Max: Fury Road” -- Margaret Sixel
“The Martian” -- Pietro Scalia
“The Revenant” -- Stephen Mirrione
I wake up in cold sweats sometimes at the idea of The Big Short actually winning this Oscar. Again, whither Spotlight, the presumed Best Picture frontrunner? The ACE ignore it too.

PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Bridge of Spies” -- Adam Stockhausen, Rena Deangelo
“Carol” -- Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
“Mad Max: Fury Road” -- Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson
“The Martian” -- Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” -- Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales
It'll be hard for the Academy's production designers branch to pick a bad lineup this year. These five are stellar and there's a ton of excellent work ready to swap one or two (or more) of these out.

COSTUME DESIGN
“Brooklyn” -- Odile Dicks-Mireaux
“Carol” -- Sandy Powell
“Cinderella” -- Sandy Powell
“The Danish Girl” -- Paco Delgado
“Mad Max: Fury Road” -- Jenny Beavan
This is very close to my own top five, and could repeat at the Oscars, although I still have superstitious doubts about them going for Mad Max. If Sandy wins, for which entry will it be. I think Cinderella is actually her stronger bet. I can envision voters picking that one sight unseen.

MAKE UP & HAIR
“Brooklyn” -- Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn
“Carol” -- Jerry Decarlo, Patricia Regan
“The Danish Girl” -- Jan Sewell
“Mad Max: Fury Road” -- Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin
“The Revenant” -- Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini
The precise period work in Brooklyn, Carol and The Danish Girl all missed the Academy's shortlist. Black Mass seems likely to join Mad Max and The Revenant.

SOUND
“Bridge of Spies” -- Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom
“Mad Max: Fury Road” -- Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White
“The Martian” -- Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
“The Revenant” -- Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montano, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” -- David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson
Bridge of Spies has a solid meat-and-potatoes sound mix if I ever heard one. Could turn up at the Oscars too, a la Lincoln. But could Mad Max have both sound categories sewn up? T'would be a dream come true, but I wouldn't underestimate The Martian, or even Star Wars.

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
“Ant-Man” -- Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke
“Ex Machina” -- Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst
“Mad Max: Fury Road” -- Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams
“The Martian” -- Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” -- Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan
Good on BAFTA, keeping my Ex Machina dream alive.

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
“The Assassin” -- Hou Hsiao-Hsien
“Force Majeure” -- Ruben Ostlund
“Theeb” -- Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd
“Timbuktu” -- Abderrahmane Sissako
“Wild Tales” -- Damian Szifron
Three of these were submitted for the Oscar last year, two of them being nominated and the other one rudely snubbed. The Assassin missed the shortlist this year, leaving Theeb as the only one of these with a shot at Oscar.

DOCUMENTARY
“Amy” -- Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
“Cartel Land” -- Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
“He Named Me Malala” -- Davis Guggenheim, Walter Parkes, Laurie Macdonald
“Listen to Me, Marlon" -- Stevan Riley, John Battsek, George Chignell, R.J. Cutler
“Sherpa” -- Jennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin, John Smithson
All of these but Sherpa are on the longlist. I'm still unsure that Amy will please the Academy's doc branch, but if it does, it wins.

ANIMATED FILM
“Inside Out” -- Pete Docter
“Minions” -- Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
“Shaun the Sheep Movie” -- Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
Really, BAFTA? Minions?

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
“45 Years” -- Andrew Haigh, Tristan Goligher
“Amy” -- Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
“Brooklyn” -- John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby
“The Danish Girl” -- Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anne Harrison, Gail Mutrux, Lucinda Coxon
“Ex Machina” -- Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
“The Lobster” -- Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthimis Filippou
Has to be Brooklyn, right?

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Alex Garland (Director) -- “Ex Machina”
Debbie Tucker Green (Writer/Director) -- “Second Coming”
Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) Rupert Lloyd (Producer) -- “Theeb”
Sean Mcallister (Director/Producer), Elhum Shakerifar (Producer) -- “A Syrian Love Story”
Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director) -- “The Survivalist”
Probably going Alex Garland's way.

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
“Edmond” -- Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy
“Manoman” -- Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol
“Prologue” -- Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton
Prologue is on the Oscar shortlist.

BRITISH SHORT FILM
“Elephant” -- Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith
“Mining Poems or Odes” -- Callum Rice, Jack Cocker
“Operator” -- Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan
“Over” -- Jorn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
“Samuel-613” -- Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway

THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (VOTED FOR BY THE PUBLIC)
Bel Powley
Brie Larson
Dakota Johnson
John Boyega
Taron Egerton

2 comments:

  1. I know Attack the Block wasn't a HUGE breakout, but I kind of wished Boyega was both up for this previously and had won, maybe give his spot to Ridley

    Kind of wish Spotlight was in for Music, honestly it's secret weapon if you ask me

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  2. I'm pleased to see Ant-Man make Visual Effects. That's a nice surprise.

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