While films like Skyfall and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel made the Best British Film list, I was convinced one of them would make the Best Film list. BAFTA did not ignore one of their British made films, they nominated Les Miserables in both categories.
The Best Director category had some shake ups as well, making the BAFTA more unique. Michael Haneke and Quentin Tarantino were nominated, replacing sure fire bet Steven Spielberg for Lincoln and shockingly the British director Tom Hooper, for Best Film nominee Les Mis! One day after the Director's Guild Awards (DGA) this shakes things up more than ever. One thing is certain Spielberg will not be ignored this year, and I am shocked he missed the cut here because the film has the most nominations with 10, but Hooper is more vulnerable than ever! Hooper not being embraced by his own statesmen is a big deal. The DGA will typically nominate a musical director, while Oscar will forget them Bill Condon for Dreamgirls, and Baz Lurhmann for Moulin Rouge are two examples of this within the last decade. Hooper got a boost yesterday, but being forgotten today is proof this category is a hard one to predict. Of the two BAFTA nominees Haneke has the biggest chance at unseating him tomorrow morning.
Haneke's nomination is proof this award group supports foreign language films more, but Oscar may follow suit this year. Haneke's films received four major nominations, the other three nominations were Best Film Not in the English Language, Emanuelle Riva in Best Leading Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. Amour could surprise tomorrow morning and earn nominations in all of these categories. Amour helped shake things up in many of these categories, and BAFTA did not totally forget the Brits in the acting categories.
Skyfall helped Judi Dench score her 14th film nomination at the BAFTA's with a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Skyfall, and while not a Brit Javier Bardem was nominated in the Supporting Actor category for Skyfall as well. Helen Mirren was the only other British acting nominee; she was nominated in the Lead Actress category for Hitchcock.
These two ladies nominations were not surprising, but there were one or two surprises in the acting categories. Ben Affleck got an acting nomination for Argo, this is his first nomination and he beat out John Hawkes whose co-star Helen Hunt received a nomination for the film. Although beyond this most of the nominees were not unexpected.
While these awards do not have a perfect line-up with the Academy Awards they are a good barometer for who will get nominations, and who will get snubbed. Here is a list of all the nominees, and after a look at sure fire BAFTA nominees, who will show up at Oscar.
Surefire nominees tomorrow:
Surefire Oscar Nominees
Best Picture-All of them!
Best Director-Affleck, Bigelow, and Lee
Best Actor-Cooper, Jackman, Day-Lewis
Best Actress-Lawrence, Chastain, and Cotillard
Best Supporting Actress-Field, Hathaway Hunt
Best Supporting Actor-Arkin, Seymour Hoffman, and Lee Jones
Of the rest of the nominees many have them have a strong chance, but these awards never line up right away, so prepare to pick a few changes for tomorrow morning, my predictions are coming later today!