It is as though the British Academy of Film and Television Arts heard my cry. Just as I was beginning to get bored with the awards season, the BAFTA nominations show up and rattle the crowd a bit.
The King’s Speech grabbed the most nominations with 14, including Best Film, Director (Tom Hooper), Leading Actor (Colin Firth), and Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter). Firth will more than likely still win his category if no other reason than he’s British and the BAFTAs inevitably favor British nominees.
It seems I spoke too soon regarding the Supporting Actress category, as I deemed Melissa Leo (The Fighter) this year’s frontrunner after her Golden Globe win on Sunday. As it turns out, the BAFTAs didn’t even nominate her. They also neglected Mila Kunis (Black Swan) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), both who have been around for much of the awards season. It’ll be hard to predict a winner in this category now, as three of the nominees – Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), Lesley Manville (Another Year), and Miranda Richardson (Made in Dagenham) – have hardly shown up in most awards shows.
Likewise, the Leading Actress category got shaken up. The two heavyweights, Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) are still present, but other strong contenders such as Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) are noticeably absent. It is also interesting that both Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) wound up in the Leading Actress as oppose to Supporting Actress category.
Another conspicuous absence is Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (The Social Network) in the Original Music category, as they also just won a Golden Globe and have often won that category this season.
In fact, it looks like The Social Network might be losing momentum, getting only 6 nominations. While that is nothing to scoff at, it appears underwhelming standing next to The King’s Speech with 14 and Black Swan with 12. I still think The Social Network is the movie to beat for Best Film, but with the BAFTAs being a British based awards show, and with the strength of The King’s Speech and its nominations, we might just have an upset on our hands.
You can see the full list of nominations here.