Tuesday, February 7, 2012

WWBD?

What would BAFTA do? Will they crown Michael Fassbender as the British Irish European Best Actor this weekend? Or will they play safe, and give someone else the trophy, an American, no less? That question is on the minds of many people these last few days before the ceremony on Sunday evening. Michael Fassbender won the Evening Standard Best Actor award last night, and although he did not attend, Abi Morgan (co-writer for Shame) was there to accept the award in his place, and she read a message from Michael stating that he was "truly honoured and delighted" by this honor. Confident I am in that the Irish Film and Television Awards will bestow the Best Actor to Michael for Shame, there's no need to ponder the outcome. However, I am very hesitant to say the same for BAFTA as they are quite fond of mirroring the Oscars.

A comment in the previous thread by 'anonymous' pose the question if BAFTA would "do the right thing" and give Michael the award, as a finger to the Oscars. I don't know if "the right thing" is the correct question, but rather, it should be, 'do they have the guts'? I do not know. It would be fantastic beyond imagination to read The Hollywood Reporter or Deadline on Monday morning to read headlines declaring Michael Fassbender as Best Actor winner for both the IFTAs and the BAFTAs. The final big awards handed out by the UK academies being won by an actor who was not a nomination thought in America. That would be lovely indeed, but, we'll just have to wait and see.

I will not have a live chat, I'm not in the mood for one. However, I'll just open a thread for each award ceremony and we'll have a 'live comment discussion' instead. Just refresh your page every few moments and that should suffice. Okey-dokey? Good. In case you missed my tweet on this EW article, please read it. Quite enlightening and supportive of Michael.

Go directly IFTA and BAFTA to see the full nominee listing and to find out its broadcast time.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that Dujardin would be the safe, yet European, choice for them.

On the other hand, they would get so many more headlines with a win for Michael. Guess it depends whether or not they want to be predictive or be rebellious.

Flora said...

I would love him to win the BAFTA, but unfortunately I do feel that timing is against him for both awards ceremonies. In any other year, and not up against Brendan Gleeson in The Guard, I would bet my house (if I had one) on MF winning Best Actor at IFTA. In any other year, and not up against Gary Oldman and 30 years of being Bloody Well Owed, he would be a shoo-in for the BAFTA as well. And truly, would anyone be upset if Gary DID win? Also, voters often seem to think that if it's your first nomination, you should be grateful for just that. You have to "earn" your win.

Having said that, if BAFTA do stick it to Hollywood and Michael is up on stage grinning with a little golden trophy on Sunday, I will do a little dance of sheer delight.

Flora said...

Forgot to mention: I read that the reason he wasn't there last night was because he was stuck in the US because of snow. Heathrow airport cancelled loads of flights on Sunday, which would presumably have been when he was scheduled to fly.

Anonymous said...

Oh, so he went back to the US after the London premiere of A Dangerous Method? Interesting.

Anonymous said...

I wish I was so sure about these wins. My fingers are crossed tightly though.

Anonymous said...

I'd love for him to go home with at least one major televised award this season.... but I'm not counting on it.

SAG gave BAFTA permission to vote for Dujardin and thus make this a two-way race between him and Clooney for the Oscar. A nomination alone (both by AMPAS and BAFTA) should be considered enough recompense for Oldman. However, a win for Fassbender would be an unmistakable message to AMPAS, as he is the only BAFTA nominee without an AMPAS nomination.

Anonymous said...

He will win !

bluetea said...

An few years ago i would of said that it was an dead cert that he would win.Then BAFTA would of delighted in giving such an brave and stunning performance to an British actor ,but unfortunately the BAFTAs changed it's it's image and style an few years ago and it wants to be considered the British Oscars ,and we all know that means safe .Although they have been criticised for being too tame so Michael's performance might just give them the opportunity to prove they are still "edgy" and not scared to take an risk .

Anonymous said...

Agreed, re: BAFTA's recent shift.

A win for Michael would be ballsy enough, considering the nature of the role, but to add the extra (and obvious) signal of defiance it would be to the very awards gala they're attempting to emulate?

I'd be SHOCKED if they did it.

Anonymous said...

Simone, great job on the site! Any word on Michael's middle name yet? Surely one of the Fassy fans knows or can dig it out?

Manuela said...

i have a feeling he ll win. i think proud british d like to kick ass americans and fassy will be awarded. anyway i want it so much.
just wonder is he confirmed for IFTA?

Anonymous said...

If IFTA is literally the day before the BAFTAs, I can't see him not going.

Anonymous said...

Michael is confirmed to attend both IFTA and BAFTA ceremonies.

@Anon 2:51 I've read somewhere that his middle name is William, but I'm not sure how credible this info is.

Barbara

Simone said...

Thanks Barbara, I knew he would be in attendance for both. These are the last awards he'll be a part of for Shame.

BTW, I just purchased my Sight and Sound AND British GQ Fassy issues. I got some new sinus/migraine medicine, and some Cashew Poppycock popcorn. Praise!

Anonymous said...

Apparently Michael shot an episode of "Top Gear" today, and it will air next week. They have a "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment, and apparently he's the star. I can't find confirmation of this, though... is it a BBC show?

Anonymous said...

Simone, I hope IFTA and BAFTA are not the last awards shows for Shame. I have a feeling that Michael will be nominated for Shame at the upcoming European Film Awards this fall. I would be surprised if he wasn't. He was nominated for Hunger in 2008.
But it's still about half a year to those awards.

Supposedly Top Gear episode with Michael will air February 19th.

Barbara

Anonymous said...

Ah, I forgot. Yes, Top Gear is a BBC show (BBC Two and now BBC HD).

Barbara

Anonymous said...

Michael and fast cars? I feel like I've died and gone to heaven.

Anonymous said...

Have you guys seen the new images and video from the TIME Oscar-worthy performance series? ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING.

Emmy said...

I really hope Baftas will do the right thing and will award Michael !!!!