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February 8, 2016 at 7:15 am #216136
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?February 8, 2016 at 7:23 am #216138
Riva in 2013.
I’ll never forget O’Russell’s face when Lawrence lost lolFebruary 8, 2016 at 7:30 am #216139
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.February 8, 2016 at 8:06 am #216140
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.February 8, 2016 at 8:14 am #216141
Gyllenhaal & Adbi & Bell. All amazing and inspiring choices!February 8, 2016 at 8:25 am #216142
Great question indeed. Bur this poster’s choice is obvious.
My second choice would be Staunton.February 8, 2016 at 9:04 am #216143
jamie bell winning best lead actor he was only 14, defeating hot-favorite russell crowe that wasg !…February 8, 2016 at 11:47 am #216144
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.February 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm #216146
Jake Gyllenhaal and Chiwetel EjioforFebruary 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm #216147
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.February 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm #216148
I have to go with Abdi. Someone better hand him another juicy part in an important movie real soon.February 8, 2016 at 4:49 pm #216149
Skyfall as Best British Film, hands down.February 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm #216150
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.February 8, 2016 at 5:24 pm #216151
Have yet to see ‘Billy Elliott’ (I know), so I had to vote for Johansson.February 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm #216152
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.