The BAFTAs 2013
Below is the list of the full winners of the prestigious awards which took place this past Sunday in London.
Best Film – Argo, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
Outstanding British Film – Skyfall, Sam Mendes, Michael G.Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer – Bart Layton, [Director] Dimitri Dognais [Producer] – The Imposter
Film not in the English Language – Amour, Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
Documentary – Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Animated Film – Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Director – Ben Affleck, Argo
Original Screenplay – Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Adapted Screenplay – Silver Linings Plybook, David O. Russell
Leading Actor – Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Leading Actress – Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Michael Balcon (Oustanding British Contribution to Cinema) – Tessa Ross
Original Music – Skyfall, Thomas Newman
Cinematography – Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Editing – Argo, William Goldenberg
Production Design – Les Miserables, Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Costume Design – Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Make up and Hair – Les Miserables, Lisa Westcott
Sound – Les Miserables, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst
Special Visual Effects – Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer
Short Animation – The Making of Longbird, Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
Short Film – Swimmer, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
EE Rising Star – Juno Temple (public votes)
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema – Tessa Ross
Fellowship – Alan Parker
Noticeable was the close up shots of the Argo crew from the beginning of the evening throughout With the sultry, morose Ben Affleck unable to crack a smile and display melancholy mood after a snub from the Oscars, alongside wife Jennifer Garner and the whole crew there including Hollywood’s dream impregnator, George Clooney, any clever onlooker could see the transparency to unfold.
Presented by Sir Ian McKellen, accurately explaining the Director has the toughest job, rightly so, one has a pure understanding of the difficulty to act, director, plan the vision of the film and station those lieutenants to deliver good on the film from front of house actors to the staging and camera crew. Believe me, I understand to a full extent how difficult one’s job is to control everything when certain product must finally be melded together to place the final draft on screen to deliver the narrative succinctly. I am not without praise for Ben’s big BAFTA bemusement. By the end of the evening it made him smile, but the levels of credibility removed by BAFTA for molly-coddling Argo all day and seemingly caving in to make a niche opening for the ceremony to compete with the Oscars as an awards ceremony was rather saddening.
BAFTA used to and still has notoriety, but this act showed the severe levels of bull on offer. This is not a douching on Argo, but let’s face it, it wasn’t as great as it was awarded for. That’s the key issue here.To compete with Oscars, and possibly gather mainstream status in headlines, BAFTA may have placed itself in realms of slight stupidity as a credible intention.
Les Miserables also stole the show with awards, including Anne Hathaway winning the gong for Actress, deservedly so for her great portrayal in the film adaptation of the musical movie.
Daniel Day Lewis once again became the graceful and talented BAFTA owner for his expert screening in historical biopic Lincoln. Flawless and talented in every right.
Tessa Ross took the BAFTA for Outstanding contribution to British Film. Ross proved to be an exceptional woman with a piercing eye for detail and prepared to take risks on scripts and ideas on film and television to get them on screen when the idea seems too scary or awkward to undertake for mainstream companies worried of PR implications of negativity. Ross, part of Film4, placed faith in those aspirating film makers, and has produced numerous films of style, wit and integrity that wouldn’t have made it elsewhere. Exceptionally earned.
Quentin Tarrentino joined the “club” which he doesn’t usually do, but was welcome for his intense, witty and humourous offerings on screen.
Skyfall won Best British thing. Obvious wasn’t it? An honour to recognise the staple of the James Bond franchise and mirror the box office worldwide numbers. IT did well at the Box Office, and well done for that. However, this was just a sigh of, get it over with and move on. We’ll have more on a coming Bond piece, but until then, Daniel Craig needs to be removed as Bond if the legacy is to continue for the great and sadly departed writer Ian Flemming and composer John Barry, R.I.P.
Quite frankly, Ben Affleck stole the headlines so it did its job. He used to be the Hollywood heartthrob who had a zest for life, which is now seen as moody, serious and highly altered. Try and bring the fun back out, somehow and let loose. Don’t get us wrong, we ‘like’ Ben Affleck and respect his work, but the proceedings were amok with point scoring global scales.
We felt Ang Lee should have got the Director BAFTA, but there you go. This hasn’t been a biased approach to the above responses, but Life of Pi was an exceptional work form Lee and was one of the best nominees in the category, but many not honoured make films for the reason of making film. It would be a pleasure for that to be recognised by awards than headline grabs, which the awards already makes, regardless.