BAFTA predictions: ’12 Years a Slave,’ Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuaron …

The BAFTA Awards — as decided upon by the the nearly 6,500 members of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts — take place on Sunday, two days after voting begins for the Oscars.

Since these kudos were moved up in 2000 to take place while academy members are casting their ballots, the BAFTAs have foreseen seven of the 12 Best Picture Oscar winners — Gladiator” (2000), “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “The King’s Speech” (2010), “The Artist” (2011) and “Argo” (2012). 

Last year, “Argo” won only three of its seven BAFTA races, but they were big ones: Picture, Director (Ben Affleck) and Editing. While Affleck was snubbed by the Oscars, his film won Best Picture there as well as the editing and adapted screenplay prizes (“Silver Linings Playbook” had claimed the latter at the BAFTAs.) Other repeat winners with both the BAFTAs and Oscars included: “Les Miserables,” which claimed Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Makeup & Hair and Sound at both kudos (as well as Production Design at BAFTA); “Django Unchained” which took Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Original Screenplay at both; and Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) who was named Best Actor on both sides of the pond. 

Below, our predictions for this year’s winners  as drawn from the combination of the four sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Experts, Editors,Top 24 Users predicting last year’s winners and All Users. Our forecasted champs are in gold while potential spoilers for nominations are in italics.

Click on each category title to be taken to an overview of that race. (Be sure to check out the breakdown of winners by film here.)

BEST PICTURE
12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: “Gravity

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity
Spoiler: Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST ACTOR
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Spoiler: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Spoiler: Judi Dench, “Philomena”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Spoiler: Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Spoiler: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“American Hustle”
Spoiler: “Blue Jasmine”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“12 Years a Slave”
Spoiler: “Philomena”

BEST BRITISH FILM
“Philomena”
Spoiler: “Gravity”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Frozen
Spoiler: “Monsters University”

BEST FOREIGN FILM
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
Spoiler: “The Great Beauty”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“The Act of Killing”
Spoiler: “We Steal Secrets” 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Gravity”
Spoiler: “12 Years a Slave”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Great Gatsby
Spoiler: “American Hustle”

BEST EDITING
“Gravity”
Spoiler: “Captain Phillips”

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR
“Behind the Candelabra”
Spoiler: “American Hustle”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
“The Great Gatsby”
Spoiler: “Gravity”

BEST SCORE
“Gravity”
Spoiler: “12 Years a Slave”

BEST SOUND
“Gravity”
Spoiler: “Rush”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Gravity”
Spoiler: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

What do you think will win Best Picture at the BAFTA Awards? Vote below using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 

One thought on “BAFTA predictions: ’12 Years a Slave,’ Cate Blanchett, Alfonso Cuaron …

  1. I dunno why folks are discounting hometown girl Sally Hawkins. To me, she has as good of a chance as the others to get the hometown vote. And without a Stella, there would be no Blanche in BLUE JASMINE.

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