THE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS 2010: Sunday 21st February, BBC1, 9pm ALERT ME
Get ready to shout abuse at your telly this Sunday as the BAFTAs are almost upon us.
The prestigious awards are being hosted by Andrew Sachs bothering, peacock-dressing loudmouth Jonathan Ross at the Royal Opera House in London.
It’s sure to be a glitzy evening: keep an eye on the red carpet arrivals – there’ll be more sweepy dresses than you can shake a stick at and more UK talent than Simon Cowell’s dismissed in his whole career.
Since 1947, BAFTA has awarded the prestigious prizes to the crème de la crème of film talent (so why weren’t we invited huh?)
This year, they very closely mirror the Oscars. The only difference in the Best Actor category is Andy Serkis for his portrayal of Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – a massive improvement on Morgan Freeman’s terrible accent in Invictus which was bizarrely given an Oscar nod.
It’s a tough call though this year. Jeff Bridges is widely tipped to be the favourite for his performance as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart and George Clooney would be a well-deserving winner for his turn as corporate angel of death Ryan Bingham in the excellent Up In The Air. Jeremy Renner is also a solid contender for bomb disposal technician William James in The Hurt Locker.
Personally, I’d give it to Colin Firth for his mesmerising performance in A Single Man but it really could go to any of the five.
Best Actress has surely got to go to Carey Mulligan for Jenny Miller in An Education – an absolutely superb performance and one that carries the whole film. Quite how Audrey Tatou got a nomination for Coco Before Chanel is beyond me, especially when Helen Mirren was passed over for her role in The Last Station.
Slightly less contested is the Best Supporting Actor category – Christoph Waltz should win that hands down for his turn as Colonel Hans Landa in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (even if the film wasn’t that up to scratch).
Best Supporting Actress will be a really tough call – Anne-Marie Duff and Kristin Scott Thomas have picked up nods for Nowhere Boy but Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick have noms for their outstanding performances in Up In The Air. The money’s on Mo’Nique for Mary Lee Jones in Precious – a thoroughly believable and terrifying performance.
Best Film nominations are the same as the Oscars (unsurprising when you consider the Oscars have 10 nominees instead of five this year) and the Best Director has two differences – Lone Sherfig for An Education and Neil Blomkamp for District 9 instead of Jason Reitman for Up In Air (why why why not?) and Lee Daniels for Precious.
Frankly if Avatar wins anything other than the technical awards, I’ll beat myself to death with my own arm.
It’s the inclusion of Best British Film which is exciting. All of them would be worthy winners – Duncan Jones’s Sci-fi wonder Moon, Lone Scherfig’s 1960s drama An Education, gritty council estate drama Fish Tank, John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy and Armando Ianucci’s searing satire In The Loop.