Sunday, 21 February 2010

BAFTA party & predictions

I was very lucky to go as a plus one to the BAFTA Nominees party last night at Aspreys in New Bond Street where I chatted with several of those up for awards tonight including A Prophet director Jacques Audiard who looked tres cool in his trademark trilby, the delightful directors of Up Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, the latter of whom recorded a special message on my iPhone in the voice of Doug the dog, Shifty writer-director Eran Creevy, Andy Serkis, Blockhead Chas Jankel, and Best Short Film nominee Asitha Ameresekere. I also talked football with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and spotted An Education's Carey Mulligan, Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner, Precious director Lee Daniels and his leading lady Gabourey Sidibe, Rising Star nominees Nicholas Hoult — who I remember interviewing on the set of About A Boy; how he's grown! — and Tahar Rahim, as well as Coraline writer-director Henry Selick milling around.

As a BAFTA member, I get to vote in all categories as the nominations are whittled down through the long and short lists, but come the final round, the majority of the winners are chosen by committee, and members only get to vote in the main categories (Film, Actor, Actress, et al). However, this is my pick of the entire list...

Best Film: The Hurt Locker
Best British Film: An Education
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Best Actor: Colin Firth/Andy Serkis
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Waltz
Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick
Best Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker
Best Adapted Screenplay: An Education
Best Foreign Language Film: A Prophet
Best Animated Film: Up
Best Cinematography: The Road
Best Production Design: Inglourious Basterds
Best Costume Design: The Young Victoria
Best Music: sex & drugs & rock & roll
Best Sound: District 9
Best Editing: The Hurt Locker
Best Visual Effects: Avatar
Best Make Up & Hair: The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
Best Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer: Duncan Jones/Eran Creevy
Rising Star Award: Tahar Rahim
Best Short Film: 14
Best Animated Short: The Happy Duckling

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