We all know that one judge from the Olympics. The one deciding the medal fates on sports dependent not on actual time or scored points, who tends to lean towards their home country and lowball others. That is what BAFTA has been over the years. While many eyes are on them as some kind of barometer for how the American Academy is going to vote, the British Academy have given a little nudge to those a bit closer to their side of the pond. Since 1977, only 11 of their 32 selections for Best Picture have actually gone on to win the Oscar. Choices over the years have included Howard's End (1992), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Full Monty (1997), The Queen (2006) and Atonement (2007). 2008's Slumdog Millionaire was one of the 11 and by choosing Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, the favorite to win this year, it is further evidence that they are getting better.

As a precursor, of course. You can still judge the merits of the selections by BAFTA and Oscar all you want. But The Hurt Locker, like it or not, was the big winner across the pond winning five BAFTAs including Best Director, Original Screenplay, CInematography, Editing and Sound. Other multiple victors included Avatar(winning for Visual Effects and Production Design), Up (Animated Feature & Score) and The Young Victoria (Costume & Makeup).