Now that we're done with the rather tiresome Golden Globe stuff we can look ahead to some awards that actually matter. Yes, of course there are politics and dirty tricks in any "awards race," but at least one can say that the Oscars, at their essence, are filmmakers voting on their favorite work from their own colleagues. That's also how the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) work, and since the British (usually) take their culture just a touch more seriously than Americans do (admit it), there's often an extra dash of class in the BAFTA picks. On the other hand they completely shut out 'Rabbit Hole' and I'm really irritated about that.
Courtesy of the BAFTA website, we've shared the full nomination list after the jump, but here are a few colorful tidbits:
- Best Actress has two women from 'The Kids Are All Right.'
- The late Pete Postlethwaite garnered a nomination for 'The Town.'
- 'The King's Speech' led the field with 14 nods; 'Black Swan' got 12.
- 'True Grit' earned eight nominations, which is eight more than the HFPA gave it.
- In the British categories we see 'Monsters,' 'Four Lions' and 'Exit Through the Gift Shop.'
- The "fan vote" category includes Andrew Garfield, Gemma Arterton and Tom Hardy.