Posted by: ckckred | February 12, 2012

The BAFTA Winners: The Artist rules, The Descendants drools

The Artist swept the BAFTAs, taking home 6 awards.  It’s no secret that The Artist is heavily favored for the Oscar at Best Picture, but the BAFTAs might have increased their chances on the other nominations (cinematography was a complete surprise for me).

Also, The Descendants won nothing at the BAFTAs (maybe because it’s about Hawaii and the BAFTAs are in Britain?).  Even George Clooney couldn’t take home Best Actor (he lost against Dujardin, who is now unanimously favored for Best Actor) or Best Adapted Screenplay, which The Artist wasn’t even a contender of.

But I loved The Artist, so I’m not complaining.  I wish at least the BAFTAs wouldn’t so heavily favor British films (really, Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady?  Yes, she gives a good performance, but the rest of the movie is so heavily flawed that it weighs her down).  Also, I don’t exactly see the need for a Best British film category

Many of the other wins were repeats from other award shows.  Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer seem like locks right now.

Anyway, you can see the show on BBC America tonight (I just got the winners from the web).  Hopefully you enjoyed the winners.

Best Film The Artist
Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Actor Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Original Screenplay Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Adapted Screenplay Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best British Film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best Film Not in the English Language The Skin I Live In
Best Animated Film Rango
Best Documentary Senna
Best Editing Senna
Best Costume Design The Artist
Best Cinematography The Artist
Best Original Music The Artist 
Best Make-Up & Hair The Iron Lady
Best Visual Effects Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Best Production Design Hugo
Best Sound Hugo
Best British Debut Tyrannosaur
Orange Rising Star Award Adam Deacon
Best Animated Short A Morning Stroll
Best Live-Action Short Pitch Black Heist 



  1. Wow, there are lots of reward shows! It seems like The Artist and Merril Streep have won in most if not all of the shows.

    • Meryl Streep has actually lost many times for Best Actress to Viola Davis. I think the BAFTAs gave the award to Streep just because The Iron Lady is a British film.

  2. I would be happy for Hazanavicius to win over Payne. The Artist has true staying power while The Descendants was completely forgettable, not even sure how it found its way into the nominations.

    • I disagree with your opinion on The Descendants, which was my favorite film of the year, but I do think The Artist is probably more memorable thanThe Descendants. I really wish award shows will just appreciate Payne.

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