October 13, 2015 at 10:22 am #195597
The BAFTA Awards manage to be different to the other awards show by being the only ones that celebrate the talent of British filmmakers. The Best British Film category is always a hotly contested one, and often is interesting as smaller British films can beat hot Best Picture favourites, like when This is England beat Atonement and The Last King of Scotland beat The Queen. I’m going to rank the Top 25 British films in contention of the likelihood of them winning, and I’d like you to say which films I haven’t included that have a shot, and who you think the 6 nominees will be.
2. The Danish Girl
4. 45 Years
6. Mr. Holmes
7. Far From the Madding Crowd
9. The Lady in the Van
10. X+Y (A Brilliant Young Mind)
11. Shaun the Sheep Movie
13. The Falling
15. London Road
16. The Lobster
17. The Woman in Gold
18. Slow West
20. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
22. A Little Chaos
23. Spooks: The Greater Good
24. The Legend of Barney Thomson
Also possibly in contention: Carol (I don’t know if it is classed as a British film), Kingsman: The Secret Service (Qualified for last year’s BAFTAs), Ex_Machina (Qualified for last year’s BAFTAs), Testament of Youth (Qualified for last year’s BAFTAs). Please tell me if you have information on eligibility.October 13, 2015 at 10:34 am #195599
Of those 25, I’d go with:
The Lady In The Van
The Danish Girl
As the six to get nods at this stage.
Yeah, I saw today that Carol is a co-production between the UK & US, so that may qualify? Gravity had questionable validity to the British title, but that won.
Ex Machina and Kingsman as far as I’m aware are both up from re the upcoming awards, and not submitted for last year.October 13, 2015 at 10:42 am #195600
Far from the Madding Crowd
SuffragetteOctober 13, 2015 at 11:25 am #195601
By the way, these are the films released in the UK in 2015: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_films_of_2015
Obviously some, like The Theory of Everything, aren’t in contention, but most of these are. The ones I listed at the top of the page are the ones with a genuine shot. However, I could be wrong, as I wouldn’t have ever thought that Paddington would get in last year.October 13, 2015 at 11:34 am #195602
The Danish Girl, probably.October 13, 2015 at 12:16 pm #195603
The days of massive upsets are sadly gone. In 2012 when BAFTA moved from a three round system to a two round system this moved from a jury award to an award by an opt in chapter. The winners went from ‘This is England’, ‘Man on a Wire’ and ‘Fishtank’ to ‘Skyfall’, ‘Gravity’ and ‘Theory of Everything’. The Jury still puts in three of the nominations.
I’d guess the opt in chapter goes for ‘Spectre’, ‘Suffragette’ and ‘Brooklyn’ and the jury adds ‘Macbeth’, ‘Amy’ and ‘The Lobster’.