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    As you probably all know, the BAFTAs take place this Sunday (14th February). Some may dismiss these awards as pure British fodder, but occasionally they make some rather inspired choices in the acting categories.

    If the latest GD odds are to be believed with regard to the Oscars, we are guaranteed 2 different acting winners at the BAFTAs this upcoming weekend. Stallone is out of the BAFTA race and Vikander is in Lead for The Danish Girl, instead having her role in Ex Machina competing in Supporting. 

    So, since the year 2000, whose BAFTA win is, in your opinion, the most inspired choice? 

    In addition to the nine named options above, the following also received a BAFTA despite not being on the stage come Oscar night:

    Julie Walters (Supporting Actress) – Billy Elliott
    Russell Crowe (Best Actor) – A Beautiful Mind
    Daniel Day Lewis (Best Actor) – Gangs of New York
    Clive Owen (Supporting Actor) – Closer
    Thandie Newton (Supporting Actress) – Crash
    Mickey Rourke (Best Actor) – The Wrestler
    Carey Mulligan (Best Actress) – An Education
    Geoffrey Rush (Supporting Actor) – The King’s Speech
    Helena Bonham Carter (Supporting Actress) – The King’s Speech
    Chiwetel Ejiofor (Supporting Actor) – 12 Years a Slave
    Barkhad Abdi (Supporting Actor) – Captain Phillips
    Jennifer Lawrence (Supporting Actress) – American Hustle

    So, whose BAFTA win is your favourite from the names on the poll/named above, and WHY? 

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    Ms. Trunchbull
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    Riva in 2013.
    I’ll never forget O’Russell’s face when Lawrence lost lol

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    Lucille
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    I really liked the 2013 acting winners (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cate Blanchett, Barkhad Abdi and Jennifer Lawrence), especially Ejiofor and Abdi. I know that Dallas Buyers Club probably wasn’t eligible, but these are simply better choices. Great year for BAFTAs.

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    My favorite of those performances would be Staunton’s, though Riva was incredible too.

    I’ll never, ever get the hype for Walken’s turn in “Catch Me if You Can.” It’s like he was Oscar-nominated for simply not doing his usual schtick.

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    Gyllenhaal & Adbi & Bell. All amazing and inspiring choices! 

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    Rooney Moore
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    Great question indeed. Bur this poster’s choice is obvious.
    My second choice would be Staunton. 

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    jamie bell winning best lead actor he was only 14, defeating hot-favorite russell crowe that wasg !…

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    I too voted for placing adolescent Jamie Bell in the leading actor category and voting him the prize.

    While Bell’s win was inspiring in the fight against category fraud, I found a nomination in 2002 more inspiring. Breaking from the pack, BAFTA voters nominated Eddie Murphy for Best Supporting Actor for his voice over work as Donkey in Shrek. Sometimes folks just have to admit that non traditional performances are meritorious.

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    #216146

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Chiwetel Ejiofor

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    Eddy Q
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    How about Icelandic film editor Valdís Óskarsdóttir winning for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That was a truly inspired choice.

    Emmanuelle Riva and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also top of my list. I’d add Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake, although that was kind of inevitable with BAFTA anyway.

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    I have to go with Abdi. Someone better hand him another juicy part in an important movie real soon.

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    Teridax
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    Skyfall as Best British Film, hands down.

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    Andrew Eng
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    From the second list, I’d go with Barkhad Abdi. Since Leto was obviously winning the Oscar even though he wasn’t nominated at BAFTA, and since Captain Phillips underperformed at the Oscars, it was nice to see Abdi get some recognition for a great debut performance. I also second the mention for Skyfall winning Best British Film. Well deserved. 

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    Have yet to see ‘Billy Elliott’ (I know), so I had to vote for Johansson.

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    People don’t understand the question. Most inspired, not your favorite or the most deserving. Awarding Emmanuelle Riva was anything, but inspired. It was either her or the American Lawrence. So Riva had the edge of being French. Simple. And hardly inspired. The same happened to Imelda Staunton or Carey Mulligan,. 

    Hovewer no one on earth predicted Jamie Bell example, and knowing how good he was in the film, we can call that inspired. 

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