Today, the nominations for the BAFTA Film Awards were announced. These can sometime be a good indicator of where the Oscars are headed, but as we have seen in the past, sometimes the Brits don’t get all the success following these awards as Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy found out.
So what are the big films of the year according to the BAFTAs? Well there seems to be a common “clutch” of films that most of the nominations have been given to and these are Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips and The Wolf Of Wall Street. There are a few others but these appear to be the stand out films of 2013.
Do I think that some of these movies will make it into the Oscar nomination aswell? Absolutely. I think the nominations will be spread around the films that I mentioned above. One thing that is surprising here is the apparent snub towards Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom. It has only been give one nomination; the Outstanding British Film Of The Year. whether the film will be given the same snub at The Oscars remains to be seen, but if the Golden Globes is anything to go by with only three nominations there, its not looking good.
The BAFTAs have included a couple of nods to a film I really enjoyed at the end of last year; Rush. The story of the rivalry between Formula One racing drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda is a compelling one and I think it definitely deserves the nominations that its been given.
The awards will be presented Sunday February 16th and I think that this year the indications for British success at the big awards ceremonies this year are exceptionally good.