We’re in the midst of awards season, which is always an exciting time of year for film lovers. It’s finally time to see which of our beloved new movies will get the recognition they so richly deserve (or which don’t, the latter happens all too frequently it seems).
The 71st British Academy Film Awards (or BAFTAs) will be held on February 18th, 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. I believe that BAFTAs are considered the British equivalent of the American Academy Award (correct me if I’m wrong).
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water leads with a whopping 12 nominations; Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri each have 9 nominations; Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk both have 8 nominations; I, Tonya has 5; Call Me By Your Name and Phantom Thread have 4; Lady Bird, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and and Paddington 2 have 3; and among the list of films with 2 nominations, I would like to highlight Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast, Get Out and Lady Macbeth.
As I commented yesterday on the blog’s Facebook page, I am thrilled to see Blade Runner 2049 get 8 BAFTA nominations. After the film received nothing at the Golden Globes (not even a single nomination), I was very worried that the critically acclaimed but unprofitable sequel would be all but ignored during the awards season. To see so many nominations therefore, makes me feel much better. Since it’s release, people have been demanding (and outright betting) that Roger Deakins will earn awards for Best Cinematography (and with my memories of that film, I hope he does).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was only nominated for Best Special Visual Effects (no surprise) and Best Sound, which sadly does not disappoint me. Of course I’d like to see all of John Williams’ scores get nominated, but I know that can’t always happen.
As always, the categories I regularly pay attention to are: Best Animated Film; Best Original Music; Best Sound; and of course, Best Film. (of course all of the categories are important, this is just my personal preference).
For Best Animated Film, I am sure that Coco will win (as it did in the Golden Globes), though I would also like to see Loving Vincent win as well.
For Best Original Music, I am hoping Blade Runner 2049 will be recognized. I am in awe that they were able to recreate the soundscape of the Blade Runner world as well as they did.
For Best Sound, I am hoping either Blade Runner 2049 or Star Wars: The Last Jedi win this category.
For Best Film, I would like to see Dunkirk be recognized, though I have a feeling The Shape of Water is going to sweep up a lot of awards.
Which films are you hoping will win big at the BAFTA Awards in February? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
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