Monday, February 13, 2012

Awards Watch: 2012 BAFTA Winners

Here is the complete list of winners for the 2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards.

Of course, The Artist cleaned up, but because of the change of territory, there was also some love for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Senna. There were a couple of shocks here, and they were for The Skin I Live In beating out A Separation, and for Hazanavicius winning Best Original Screenplay for The Artist - but most of them came as no surprise.

Special Visual Effects: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

Short Film: Pitch Black Heist

Short Animation: A Morning Stroll

Original Music: Ludovic Bource (The Artist)

Sound: Hugo

Editing: Gregers Sall, Chris King (Senna)

Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)

Costume Design: Mark Bridges (The Artist)

Make-Up and Air: Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland, Marese Langan (The Iron Lady)

Film Not in the English Language: The Skin I Live In

Outstanding Debut: Tyrannosaur

Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo (Hugo)

Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Outstanding British Film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Original Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema: John Hurt

Orange Rising Star Award: Adam Deacon

Documentary: Senna

Adapted Screenplay: Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Animated Film: Rango

Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Leading Actress: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Leading Actor: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Best Film: The Artist

Academy Fellowship: Martin Scorsese

What are your thoughts on these winners? I don't think they will have any bearing on the Academy Awards. Most of the winners here already looked like locks for the Oscars, and I doubt the surprises will be replicated. Personally, I think I am near the end of my enthusiasm for Award ceremonies. I really liked The Artist and I will be content to see it take home a bunch of awards - but I now feel like I am ready to  move on and see what is in store for 2012.


  1. If The Artist do sweep the Oscars. It wouldn't be interesting at all. With the exception of Senna winning a few awards, I found everything else to be unremarkable. It was like "And the winner is... oh wow. What a surprise... blah, blah, blah".

  2. I'm surprised more documentaries don't seem to get nominated in the editing category at awards ceremonies. It's a hell of a lot harder editing a doco! Glad to see Senna getting some recognition :)

    1. Totally. The fact that Senna was a rare doco to be nominated in an editing category - and for Best British Film - shows how highly the British thought of it. I wish the Americans thought about it in the same regard. How it was overlooked I will never understand.