As expected, Tom Hooper‘s The King’s Speech has gathered the most nominations from the British Academy of Film & Television. A fine film, of course + Brits seeing to their own + a brief respite for Speech-favoring Gurus like Dave Karger and Anne Thompson, etc. I was going to call this story “Comfort for Karger” but how comforting is it, really? Could the BAFTAs have done any differently and still faced themselves in the bathroom mirror?
Another expression of the group’s native-favoring sensibility is a Best Supporting Actor nom for the late Pete Postlethwaite in The Town — strictly a tribute gesture.
The BAFTA gang also handed The Fighter‘s Amy Adams a Best Supporting Actress nom while denying one to stateside champ Melissa Leo. And they honored Another Year‘s Lesley Manville with a nom in the same category, which is where she should have been all along. And they ignored Paramount’s suggestion by nominating True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld as a Leading Actress rather than a supporting one.
The BAFTAs also endorsed the Focus Features/Karen Fried view of things by nominating both The Kids Are All Right actresses — Annette Bening and Julianne Moore — in the Lead Actress category. They were also co-nominated for Golden Globe awards in the musical/comedy realm. I haven’t time to investigate if Bening and Moore have been co-nominated or co-awarded as straight leads anywhere else, but at least BAFTA went with it.
At the same time the BAFTA noms declined to include Get Low‘s Robert Duvall and Blue Valentine‘s Ryan Gosling. And Rabbit Hole‘s Nicole Kidman, Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams and Winter’s Bone‘s Jennifer Lawrence were cold-shouldered in the Lead Actress category; ditto Black Swan”s Mila Kunis in the Supporting Actress realm.
The BAFTA awards will be presented in London on Sunday, 2.13.