The 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) were held tonight at which The Artist was named Best Film along with six other awards including Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Original Screenplay and Actor (Jean Dujardin). The film also took home awards for cinematography, costume design and original music.
None of this comes as much of a surprise as The Artist is now, and has been for some time, considered the front-runner for Best Picture at the Oscars and has slowly been gaining steam in other categories including director and actor, especially as Dujardin has been charming American and international audiences with his latest Funny or Die skit and an appearance on “Saturday Night Live”.
In other awards, Meryl Streep won for Best Actress, adding more fuel to the competition between her and The Help‘s Viola Davis, a film that found itself in the winner’s circle with Octavia Spencer winning Best Supporting Actress. Christopher Plummer continued his Supporting domination with a win for his performance in Beginners.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy won for Best British Film and Original Screenplay while Senna, a documentary that didn’t even make the Academy’s shortlist, won for Best Documentary as well as Film Editing.
Rango won for Best Animated Film and Paddy Considine won a very well deserved award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for his excellent film, Tyrannosaur.
Outside of The Artist‘s seven wins it was a very staggered field with several films taking two awards each. I have highlighted the winners in bold red directly below along with the nominees. I’ve also updated the “Oscar Overture” section of the site with The Artist win as it continues to clean house.
Anyone want to predict it doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Picture at this point?
The Artist (Thomas Langmann)
The Descendants (Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor)
Drive (Marc Platt, Adam Siegel)
The Help (Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo)
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
My Week with Marilyn (Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges)
Senna (Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey)
Shame (Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan)
We Need to Talk about Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno, Rory Stewart Kinnear)
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Attack the Block, Joe Cornish (Director/Writer)
Black Pond, Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)