Saturday, February 09, 2008

Nationwide's BAFTA Predictions

OK, never mind being the supercilious smartarse after the event, pretending you knew all along; Here - just momentarily before the event, a matter of hours in fact - are the Nationwide predictions.
(Obviously I would be on the red carpet tomorrow but the absence of an invitation and a dinner party in Cheam prevent me).

BEST FILM
AMERICAN GANGSTER
ATONEMENT
THE LIVES OF OTHERS
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
It can only be the Coen Brothers. I've never seen such rave reviews and Scott Rudin is the man. They are all great - I really do love all five - but hats off to the Coens. Or rather let's keep our hats on and fucking mumble under our breath.


BEST BRITISH FILM
ATONEMENT
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
CONTROL
EASTERN PROMISES
THIS IS ENGLAND
It's going to be Atonement, obviously. Brilliant film, I like it. Bourne was a zillion times more exciting but was the closing episode of a trilogy and Eastern Promises was one of the best films of the year. But we all know it's going to be Atonement, don't we?


DIRECTOR
ATONEMENT – Joe Wright
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Paul Greengrass
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson
If it's not Paul Greengrass there is no justice in the world. All five (six? seven?) deserve nominations but please give it to him.



ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
AMERICAN GANGSTER – Steven Zaillian
JUNO – Diablo Cody
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
MICHAEL CLAYTON – Tony Gilroy
THIS IS ENGLAND – Shane Meadows
I'd like it to be Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck - who's going to read that one out? - but this is Bafta...well done Shane Meadows?


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ATONEMENT – Christopher Hampton
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY – Ronald Harwood
THE KITE RUNNER – David Benioff
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Paul Thomas Anderson
A toughie because I haven't read any of the books and therefore have five favourites here, so let's just go for my favourite script out the five - David Benioff.


FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
THE KITE RUNNER
THE LIVES OF OTHERS
LUST, CAUTION
LA VIE EN ROSE
Now this is really difficult for a variety of reasons, leaving aside the fact that they're all sensational. Julian Schnabel and Ang Lee created two beautiful looking movies, La Vie En Rose was a wonderful illustration of what we miss from Edith Piaf and had more French Cultural spend than anything I've seen in living memory. The Kite Runner, a deserved winner, but The Lives of Others? Genius. And true.


ANIMATED FILM
RATATOUILLE
SHREK THE THIRD
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
It can only be Ratatouille which had great animation, especially the backgrounds. The Simpsons was very enjoyable but let's not break with the half hour format again please chaps and Shrek 3, well, what can I say? The only movie I walked out of in 2007.


LEADING ACTOR
GEORGE CLOONEY – Michael Clayton
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – There Will Be Blood
JAMES McAVOY – Atonement
VIGGO MORTENSEN – Eastern Promises
ULRICH MÜHE – The Lives of Others
By FAR the toughest category, the stiffest competition. I'd LOVE it to be Daniel Day Lewis because it's a master class, the rest of the movie is relatively insignificant behind him. Is that a reason to win? The accusation is he's OTT - yeah? Compelling genius.
James McAvoy, best I've ever seen him after Shameless, really strong stuff, I'd be happy if he got it.
George and Viggo - sensational peformances, who'd complain if they actually got it?
But the late Ulrich Muhe gave what turned out to be the most devastating performance of his life. Totally mesmerising and a posthumous award here would be admirable.


LEADING ACTRESS
CATE BLANCHETT – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
JULIE CHRISTIE – Away From Her
MARION COTILLARD – La Vie en Rose
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY – Atonement
ELLEN PAGE – Juno
Difficult for the wrong reasons. Didn't like Keira, didn't like "Elizabeth", thought Marion was fab (but miming thoughout) and didn't actually see the other two. Although by the time you read this I'll have seen Juno and fallen in love with Ellen Page I'm sure.
So it's Julie Christie then. (sorry)


SUPPORTING ACTOR
JAVIER BARDEM – No Country for Old Men
PAUL DANO – There Will Be Blood
TOMMY LEE JONES – No Country for Old Men
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – Charlie Wilson’s War
TOM WILKINSON – Michael Clayton
It's Philip Seymour Hoffman for an OUTSTANDING support. Others, great, but no contest.


SUPPORTING ACTRESS
CATE BLANCHETT – I’m Not There
KELLY MACDONALD – No Country for Old Men
SAMANTHA MORTON – Control
SAOIRSE RONAN – Atonement
TILDA SWINTON – Michael Clayton
Kelly Macdonald was soo good I couldn't understand what she was saying either! But then again Tilda Swinton doesn't actually know how to do mediocre.


MUSIC
AMERICAN GANGSTER – Marc Streitenfeld
ATONEMENT – Dario Marianelli
THE KITE RUNNER – Alberto Iglesias
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Jonny Greenwood
LA VIE EN ROSE – Christopher Gunning
In the first four, the music was responsible for holding together the actual film, in all cases brilliantly. In the fifth, the film was about the music.


CINEMATOGRAPHY
AMERICAN GANGSTER – Harris Savides
ATONEMENT – Seamus McGarvey
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Oliver Wood
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Roger Deakins
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – Robert Elswit
If there is any justice in the world Seamus McGarvey will get this so that Roger Deakins can get the Oscar.


EDITING
AMERICAN GANGSTER – Pietro Scalia
ATONEMENT – Paul Tothill
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Christopher Rouse
MICHAEL CLAYTON – John Gilroy
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Roderick Jaynes
Absolutely no contest, Christopher Rouse take a huge fucking bow and take as long as you want on the stage. Although if Roderick Jaynes was to win, who would come and collect it?


PRODUCTION DESIGN
ATONEMENT
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
LA VIE EN ROSE
My money's on Liz. Tough call though - is Harry Potter over? - and La Vie En Rose was endlessly creative.


COSTUME DESIGN
ATONEMENT – Jacqueline Durran
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE – Alexandra Byrne
LUST, CAUTION – Pan Lai
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET – Colleen Atwood
LA VIE EN ROSE – Marit Allen
Well they certainly spent more.

SOUND
ATONEMENT
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
LA VIE EN ROSE
Almost meaningless to the outside world but Bourne. Sensational stuff.


SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
THE GOLDEN COMPASS
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END
SPIDER-MAN 3
Absolutely no idea. All fab. No idea which one I prefer. Suspect Harry Potter


MAKE UP & HAIR
ATONEMENT
ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE
HAIRSPRAY
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
LA VIE EN ROSE
Wouldn't it be fab if Hairspray got it? But this is BAFTA and we know that Sweeney Todd's got to get something.


THE ORANGE RISING STAR AWARD
SHIA LABEOUF
SIENNA MILLER
ELLEN PAGE
SAM RILEY
TANG WEI
PLEASE Shia Lebouf - did NOBODY see TRANSFORMERS??


Don't say I didn't tell you!


Breaking news.......
Out of 20 chosen categories the Nationwide tally is a staggeringly impressive 6 in agreement with the BAFTA juries, er, so it looks like I didn't tell you after all! What-ho!













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5 comments:

Highland toffee said...

Alexandra Byrne
Costume Design me thinks !!

Nationwide said...

Even though I didn't like the film, I thought the costumes were spectacular.

square eyes said...

Dreadful Bafta tv coverage

Nationwide said...

Didn't actually see it meself, but the crits aren't good.
Bring back Stephen Fry!

Square Eyes said...

You know I have been off sick for a few months now and have to watch daytime tv I love itv3 the Jeeves and Wooster repeats with Fry and Laurie are excellent

Bye for now