It’s that time once again, oh yes indeed. While the UK still looks hungover from New Years in the midst of endless bad weather, with Hell literally freezing over in America, we are offered a small distraction and a reason to get giddy and excited for several more weeks. Here’s some of the highlights from this year’s bumper crop…
Up for Best Film are 5 heavyweights:
- 12 Years A Slave
- American Hustle
- Captain Phillips
Alongside this goes the Outstanding British Film category (note some overlap…)
- Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
- Saving Mr Banks
- The Selfish Giant
And we quickly see a pattern emerge. Best Actor includes:
- Christian Bale (American Hustle)
- Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)
- Tom Hanks (Captain Philips)
- Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
- Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
With Best Actress boasting the likes of:
- Amy Adams (American Hustle)
- Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
- Judi Dench (Philomena)
- Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
- Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)
In fact, Gravity has stormed this year’s nominations, bagging 11 nods (several no doubt in recognition of its impressive technical showcasing). However, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle are close behind with 10 nominations each; the former being hotly tipped to top this and other awards to come but being just beaten here by the British-made space thriller. Captain Phillips rounds out the leaders with 9 nominations.
Impressive to note is the strong showcasing of British film here. Despite some confusion, Gravity is Mexican-directed but British-produced and thus the incredible visual spectacle was born here in UK studios. It wonderfully demonstrates Britain at the cutting edge of technology. Likewise, American Hustle is led by Englishman Christian Bale and 12 Years A Slave sees Steve McQueen do himself and his country proud in only his third feature film. Philomena, already a film as British as a Bakewell Tart, only adds to the healthy list.
It will be interesting to see the titans battle it out and whether any will manage to be a runaway success on the night. Personally, I’m glad to see some of my favourite films of the year on here, particularly Rush and Saving Mr Banks (Emma Thompson quickly becoming my star of 2013 for a sublime performance). And I may be biased, he being my favourite man since I realised as a kid he was Woody, but Tom Hanks deserves a nod after two brilliant efforts this year.
But most seriously, I know everyone will agree with me here – the real nail-biter is whether Despicable Me 2 will beat Monsters University to Best Animated Film. It better – I love those little yellow fellas.
We’ll find out on 16th February.