BAFTA nominations on the way
British Academy's picks to land at 11.40 PST
I'm not bothering to predict the BAFTA nominations this year because 1) the longlists largely take the guesswork out of that for us; 2) no voting group that thinks "Midnight in Paris" had better visual effects than "The Tree of Life" deserves too much of our time and attention; and 3) I mean, seriously. But anyway, they're a few hours away -- a breakfast-time announcement for the Brits, a pre-midnight one for Hollywood -- and if you have any last-minute thoughts, hopes or projections about the British Academy's selections, here's the place for them.
One thing we can be certain of: after struggling to gain traction on the US precursor circuit, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," which jointly led the longlists with 16 mentions, will finally receive a warm embrace here. The combination of literary cache, old-and-new-school British acting elite and spectacular box-office should set it up as the chief BAFTA rival to all-purpose frontrunner "The Artist," which can also expect a bucketload of nominations.
Less certain is whether the rather more surprising longlist co-leader, "My Week With Marilyn," can also score in the top categories: the film may not be the most fashionable or heavily-buzzed choice, but I sense there's rather a lot of support for it in the more conversative, even television-oriented, reaches of BAFTA; don't be surprised if it displaces a less outwardly Brit-friendly Oscar favorite like "The Descendants" or "Midnight in Paris."
Anyway, more on this in a few hours. Refresh your memory with the longlists here.
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Best Supporting Actress
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing
Best Makeup And Hairstyling
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Production Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects
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