Monday, February 14, 2011

BAFTA 2011

The BAFTA's took place last night in wonderful rain-soaked Covent Garden, London. Somewhere between all the fashion magazines scrambling over themselves to ask Emma Watson who did her hair and the presenters fluffing their auto-cue, some awards were given out.
Few surprises in terms of who won what. The King's Speech proved that even after more than a hundred years of cinema being a populist medium that you can't beat a good story of personal achievement told with great acting. It would have been nice to see Inception recognized a bit more, winning the expected technical awards. Writing guru picked up his richly deserved writing award (if only for the West Wing he should be continuously showered with awards). Good to see Roger Deakins awarded for his stunningly beautiful, as always, photography.

The only major surprise I found of the evening was Tom Hardy picking up the Rising Star award. I was pretty certain that would go to either Gemma Arterton or Andrew Garfield but richly deserved. Mr. Hardy has shown over the last couple of years that he is going to be a force to reckon with for sometime.

The highlight of the evening was Sir Christopher Lee appearing to accept his fellowship. I was taken aback by how frail he appeared as he took the stage, granted he's 88 but he always looks so commanding on screen. Giving a touching speech (Kevin Spacey seemed to well up) he took in the applause like a man who knew he didn't have many more opportunities to do so. A charming finisher to a lackluster award ceremony.


Winners

Best Film
The King's Speech

Outstanding British Film
The King's Speech

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Four Lions - Chris Morris (Director/Writer)

Director
The Social Network - David Fincher

Original Screenplay
The King's Speech - David Seidler

Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin

Film Not in the English Language
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Soren Staermose, Niels Arden Opley

Animated Film
Toy Story 3 - Lee Unkrich

Leading Actor
Colin Firth - The King's Speech

Leading Actress
Natalie Portman - Black Swan

Supporting Actor
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech

Supporting Actress
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech

Original Music
The King's Speech - Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography
True Grit - Roger Deakins

Editing
The Social Network - Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Production Design
Inception - Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland - Colleen Atwood

Sound
Inception - Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

Special Visual Effects
Inception - Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb

Make Up & Hair
Alice in Wonderland - Valli O' Reilly, Paul Gooch

Short Animation
The Eagleman Stag - Michael Please

Short Film
Until the River Runs Red - Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

The Orange Wednesday's Rising Star Award
Tom Hardy

BAFTA Fellowship
Sir Christopher Lee

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