Monday, November 11, 2013

BIFA Nominees...


And you thought the Gothams were a horrible indicator of what Oscar will embrace.  Try your hand at 'The British Independent Film Awards'.  While AMPAS has, over the past few years, begun to embrace American Independent cinema, a quick glance at the history of the BIFAs will show that Oscar rarely embraces their nominees and winners, even when they are big names like Carey Mulligan and Vanessa Redgrave.

Still, these are always fun to look at and discuss, so let's take a look at these nominees and see which ones could play into the Oscar game.


BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
Metro Manila 
Philomena 
The Selfish Giant 
Starred Up 
Le Week-end 

Honestly, the only film that is going to resonate with Oscar here is 'Philomena'.  It's strong showing here bodes well for the film, to be honest.  This is not your typical embrace for BIFA, and so the fact that they shower it with attention means something.  The film is stronger than many think.

BEST DIRECTOR
Jon S Baird / Filth
Clio Barnard / The Selfish Giant
Sean Ellis / Metro Manila
Jonathan Glazer / Under the Skin
David Mackenzie / Starred Up

Apparently, 'Under the Skin' is being pushed to next year despite the buzz coming out of Venice, so it won't factor (it wasn't going to regardless) and 'Filth' looks to be WAY too taboo for Oscar, but it's fun to see them pop up here.

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
Charlie Cattrall / Titus
Tina Gharavi / I Am Nasrine
Jeremy Lovering / In Fear
Omid Nooshin / Last Passenger
Paul Wright / For Those in Peril

BEST SCREENPLAY
Jonathan Asser / Starred Up
Clio Barnard / The Selfish Giant
Steven Knight / Locke
Hanif Kureishi / Le Week-end
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan / Philomena

I really think that 'Philomena' is going to rack in quite a few Oscar nominations, and the fact that Steve Coogan is going to wind up 'possibly' double nominated is going to excite varying degrees of love and hatred.  He'll be the only carryover from this list, and I think he and Pope are pretty much locked up at this point.

BEST ACTRESS
Judi Dench / Philomena
Lindsay Duncan / Le Week-end
Scarlett Johansson / Under the Skin
Felicity Jones / The Invisible Woman
Saoirse Ronan / How I Live Now

BIFA loves Ronan.  They also love Mulligan, so I'm kind of shocked she didn't get a nomination for 'The Great Gatsby', despite the ratings the film got.  Still, this lineup is pretty cool and Dench is inching herself closer and closer to that Oscar.  I wonder if Jones could actually play into the race this year.  We need a newbie, and the pool is light, and she's earned herself much praise before (just two years ago) so maybe she'll factor in here.  

I just want Scarlett to win.

BEST ACTOR
Jim Broadbent / Le Week-end
Steve Coogan / Philomena
Tom Hardy / Locke
Jack O'Connell / Starred Up
James McAvoy / Filth

None of these actors will transfer to Oscar's ballot...at least not in this category.  Coogan will be campaigned in Supporting and stands a great chance of actually snagging a nomination.  I wonder if he can pull off a win here, but I have a feeling that it'll go to either the British vet, Broadbent, or O'Connell, who stars in their most nominated film.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Siobhan Finneran / The Selfish Giant
Shirley Henderson / Filth
Imogen Poots / The Look Of Love
Kristin Scott Thomas / The Invisible Woman
Mia Wasikowska / The Double

Wasikowska is bound to be an Oscar nominee eventually, but it won't happen this year for this film.  However, if 'The Invisible Woman' becomes a thing, I could see something igniting for Kristen Scott Thomas.  She deserves another nomination, and her performance in 'Only God Forgives' won't do it, so maybe this could.

I doubt it.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
John Arcilla / Metro Manila
Rupert Friend / Starred Up
Jeff Goldblum / Le Week-end
Eddie Marsan / Filth
Ben Mendelsohn / Starred Up

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Harley Bird / How I Live Now
Conner Chapman / Shaun Thomas / The Selfish Giant
Caity Lotz / The Machine
Jake Macapagal / Metro Manila
Chloe Pirrie / Shell

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
A Field in England
Filth
Metro Manila
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up


BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Shaheen Baig – CastingStarred Up
Johnnie Burn – Sound DesignUnder the Skin
Amy Hubbard – CastingThe Selfish Giant
Mica Levi – Music / Under the Skin
Justine Wright – EditingLocke

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer
The Great Hip Hop Hoax
The Moo Man
The Spirit of '45
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone


The only doc eligible for Oscar here is 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer', and I'm not sure I see Oscar biting, but it's worth noting that the other four are not in contention.

BEST BRITISH SHORT
L'Assenza
Dr Easy
Dylan's Room
Jonah
Z1


BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
The Great Beauty
Wadjda


The love for 'Blue Jasmine' and 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' trickles down to BIFA, which could be telling for BAFTA.  Will them embrace these films in multiple categories, most notably Lead Actress?  They are not shy about nominating foreign actors, so could Seydoux and Exarchopoulos factor in?  'Wadjda' could make a break for the Foreign Film Oscar.

THE RAINDANCE AWARD
Everyone’s Going to Die
The Machine
The Patrol
Sleeping Dogs
Titus

So, there you have it.  Not many of these will become Oscar contenders, but the love for 'Philomena' is on the rise, and the acknowledgement of some other films is promising.  Mostly though, these awards open the eyes to more films that we should see this year!  My only hope is that BAFTA stops trying to predict the Oscars and starts going with their heart more often.  Then maybe we could see Scarlett Johansson nominated for the BAFTA again!

7 comments:

  1. The nominations for Le Week-End are well deserved. I'm especially hoping this can translate to a BAFT nod for Lindsay Duncan.

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    1. I'd never heard of it until today. It sounds like the elderly version of 'Before Midnight'. I'll check it out next year, when it arrives in the states. I do like Broadbent, usually.

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    2. That's exactly what it is! It's basically Celine and Jesse 20 years after Before Midnight.

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    1. I'd love for her to snag a BAFTA nom!

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  3. Yeah, there's little crossover with the Oscars here. Glad to see Filth and Under the Skin get some nods. Dying to see them!

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    1. I really hope Filth gets a release here this year. It would be a shame for it to gets scrapped until next year (or whenever). McAvoy needs a better career!

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