Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Michael nominated for a BAFTA

The BAFTAs announced this year's nominees and it appears they have a great fondness for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Artist - two films I really enjoyed. I saw TTSS on Saturday and it's great (saw The Artist again on Friday), and TTSS would be better with additional viewings because it's a very convoluted deep plot and has a million interesting characters. However, Shame was able to squeeze out just two nominations, Michael Fassbender for Best Actor, and Shame as Outstanding British Film. To my surprise, they nominated Carey Mulligan for 'Drive'. Really? She was good in it, but nominate her for Drive, but not Shame, and no nomination for Ryan Gosling of Drive? Something is terribly amiss, but, this is BAFTA.

Here is the full list of the BAFTA nominations at THR, but I will list just the few right here:

BRAD PITT Moneyball
GARY OLDMAN Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
GEORGE CLOONEY The Descendants

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges
SENNA Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey
SHAME Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo,
Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno,
Rory Stewart Kinnear

THE ARTIST Thomas Langmann
THE DESCENDANTS Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
DRIVE Marc Platt, Adam Siegel
THE HELP Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo

So if I could take a gamble and make my predictions right now, I'm puzzled why BAFTA even bothered to nominated TTSS twice in the redundant category of Best Film/British Film - I absolutely believe that The Artist will win Best Film, and therefore, TTSS will by default win Best British Film. Due to the paltry nominations that Shame has received, it is not strong enough to win Best British Film, unfortunately. That leaves it's only possible win to be for Best Actor, Michael Fassbender, who has been kicking ass in precursor critics awards, on both sides of the pond, over all nominees, including Gary Oldman.

Now some may think Gary will win, and he could, he was great in TTSS, a very understated and subtle performance, but it was not as 'out there' challenging as Michael in Shame. And both gentlemen being UK citizens, I strongly feel that BAFTA will do the proper thing and give the award to one of them, with Michael having a tad bit of an advantage. Gary is an admired actor who for political reasons within the industry, has been overlooked for many of his performances. In a fair world, this man should have at least three Oscars and three BAFTAs, but he doesn't, and that sympathy along with such strong support for audience friendly TTSS in the UK and US, could give him the edge. But Michael Fassbender's performance in Shame is receiving overwhelmingly enthusiastic support in all of the UK/Ireland and Europe and again, his bravery in being in such a role and in a "divisive" film, should give him the edge, and out of respect to his boldness and artistic depth, he could win this award - which will be Shame's solo winning. Shame cannot go empty handed from the BAFTA, it's the most celebrated British production this year.

Of all five actors nominated, I will accept Dujardin, Oldman, or of couse, Fassbender as the winners - I have seen all their performances. I don't want this award to go to an American; yes, I'm against my kind, my countrymen in this category. The BAFTAs are suppose to focus on a more universal level of acting than the Oscars have been, and it would be a shame, pun intended, for that Clooney clown, or Pitt, to win this award, or even the Oscars (if this line up is replicated by AMPAS next week). Hands down, Fassbender is the best, but Dujardin either tying with him, or a close second, and then Oldman.

The awards will be given out on February 17th in London.

Reminder, Michael will gain more momentum if he wins the Best Actor at the London Film Critics Awards on Thursday, again, in London.

Congratulations to Michael on his BAFTA nomination, and good to luck him at the LFCA on Thursday!


Anonymous said...

I really, really hope Michael has a chance to win this.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I don't think Michael (or Gary Oldman) will win this; it's Clooney's to lose. He has more BAFTA nods than Oscar nods and he's yet to win one, so they'll be looking to make it up to him. :/

Manuela said...

round 2
oh my God he has to win. such incredible character such incredible perfomance. crossed fingers already

Anonymous said...

Happy for Michael! Carey got in for the wrong role :( Michael and Ryan Gosling should star in a remake of Persona so they can be both give another career best performances and be nominated (and win) in the same movie! Just a thought :P

dshultz said...

I think Michael really could win here, it's the one I'm crossing my fingers for the most. By the way, I love their best actor line up, finally, someone includes Gary!

Flora said...

I think it's Gary Oldman's "turn" for this, even though he hasn't been winning any other awards for TTSS. BAFTA owe Gary for all those films they should have recognised him for and didn't. Awards are as much about a body of work (hence it being Michelle Williams' "turn" at the Oscars this year), and I expect Michael will have to wait a couple of years yet for a BAFTA. I'm personally not that bothered about the Golden Globes or the Oscars - Shame and Michael's performance in it are just too edgy for the cosy old Academy, which likes it's rare indie winners to be triumph-over-adversity nonsense featuring a major star playing a "normal person", in a film that no-one can remember the name of a year later.

Did you see Michael and Shame got nominated in tons of categories at the Evening Standard Film Awards in London today as well? Much more likely to win that one, I reckon.

tankgirly said...

What a strong nominee list! Michael face quite a bit of competition here! But never fear, he will win one!

Btw, you forgot Jane Eyre is also nominated, Simone.


LEJ said...

Hello! I know it isn't quite as prolific, but I just thought that I would let people know that Michael Fassbender has just been nominated for a Genie Award (the Canadian "oscars"), for best actor for A Dangerous Method. I believe those awards air March 8th, for Canadian fans. I doubt he will show up, but you never know!

Anonymous said...

I think Michael has a really good chance of winning the London Film Critics Circle on Thursday. I don't hold out much hope for BAFTA and would be happy with just an Oscar nomination, let alone a win.

Dionne said...

Congrats to Michael! Very good news to come home to, very good news indeed!

emmy said...

I'm sure Michael will win the BAFTAS !!! HE HAS TO WIN !!!!!!!!!

And there are also 'Jane Eyre' and 'Pitch Black Heist' !!!!