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BAFTA noms out! La La Land Leads with 11. Aaron Taylor-Johnson nominated AGAIN!

aaron-taylor-johnson-winning-golden-globeWell, the nominations for the BAFTAs, the British equivalent of the Academy Awards, were announced in the middle of the night(EST) last night and it’s no surprise to anyone that “La La Land” leads the pack once again, dancing off with 11 nominations, more than any other film and also being nominated in every single category it possibly could be.la-la-land-7A REAL surprise that it was followed in the nominations with “Nocturnal Animals” at nine. The divisive Tom Ford thriller is going to sound familiar from the Golden Globes because it was Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s upset win in Best Supporting Actor was the first bombshell of the night in a night of bombshells. Taylor-Johnson is playing a serial killer in this dark film, which I’m now predicting will do better with the Academy later this month than people, or pundits, heretofore expected.

In Supporting Actor, he’s once again up against Hugh Grant for “Florence Foster Jenkins”, Dev Patel(who is really the lead) for “Lion. All these three gentlemen are Brits btw. Mahershala Ali, who WAS the front-runner and good ole boy Jeff Bridges playing a tired and retiring Texas detective in “Hell or High Water.”aaron-taylor-johnson-4Also in play is the very young Lucas Hedges who dazzles in my fave, “Manchester by the Sea” which racked up six noms. Best picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Casey Affleck(who I think will win this, once again, for his haunting, haunted performance as Lee Chandler[he’s won everything else])Best Supporting Actress Michelle Phillips and Best Newcomer, Lucas Hedges. Best Newcomer is a category that the Academy doesn’t have, so to get a nomination for his incredible, funny heart-breaking lost teenager, he’d have to be nominated as Supporting by the Academy. Perhaps he will. I hope he does.

manchwarwe-by-the-sea-6michelle-willilams-manchester-1Strange to note, but there was ONCE AGAIN a big snub of Denzel Washington’s performance in “Fences.” He’s NEVER been nominated for any BAFTA award in his long, long career, though his magnificent co-star Viola Davis was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. But she’s the sole nomination that “Fences” got another shocker (but not to me.)

She and Michelle Williams will go toe-to-toe in this category. And Williams has a better shot here than she does back in American against Viola. Because the Brits just don’t have a history of honoring Black performers, believe it or not.viola-davis-fences-1

They even snubbed Barry Jenkins for director for “Moonlight”! Though they did nominate Black British Actress the brilliant Naomie Harris and of course Mahershala Ali in the Supporting categories for “Moonlight.”

I would say that these nominations slow down whatever momentum “Moonlight” which won Best Picture the night before last at the Globes, even though it did make the cut, unbelievably, for Best Picture. “Moonlight” got four nominations, BP, Best Original Screenplay(though the Oscars are considering it as “Adapted Screenplay) and the two Supporting nods I just mentioned.

manchester-by-the-sea-8But Casey Affleck seems to be conquering all before him. And his complex, difficult performance of a man burdened by an overwhelming grief still haunts me to this day. But you love him for all his suffering. And he’s funny, too. I can’t wait to see “Manchester by the Sea” again.

The big question with the BAFTAS is will they honor something light and musical like “La La Land” or will the heavy weight dramatic films and performances carry the day?

And they also tend to vote for their own, which means Aaron Taylor-Johnson may just win, again. They really loved “Nocturnal Animals.” They even nominated Jake Gyllenhaal who wasn’t turning up anywhere, for Best Actor!

jake-gyllenhaal-nocturnal-animalsI’ll discuss Best Actress at the BAFTAs in a subsequent post and for a complete list of the MANY nominees and categories, go, of course, to http://www.awardsdaily.com

#BAFTAS

#Nocturnal Animals

#Aaron Taylor-Johnson

#Casey Affleck

#Manchester by the Sea

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Cate Blanchett Class Act Aces at BAFTAS, She thanks the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman in her speech.

Cate Blanchett Class Act  Aces at BAFTAS, She thanks the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman in her speech.

Cate Blanchett won, as everybody and his mother expected her to, at the BAFTAS. She won Best Actress for “Blue Jasmine.” And she has won just about every other award under the sun, and she’s the surest thing to bet on for the Oscars. Her and Jared Leto. Bet on them. You won’t lose. Everything else is a toss up, IMHO. Even at this late date. More on everything else later.

But there were those who thought, wrongly, as it turns out, that Cate the Great wood be hurt by “Woodygate”, the name now being given to the re-emergence of those awful charges against Woody Allen, made by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. And timed to hit the news just at the moment before Oscar voting began.

Obviously no one voting was paying any attention to this, and Cate did not even REFER to Woody Allen during her acceptance speech of the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, and she did the same thing when she won the BAFTA last night and dedicated THAT prize to her late buddy, Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

The became BFFs during the film of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” which starred Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. Both Blanchett and Hoffman had memorable supporting roles in it, one of my all-time favorite films. Both were breaking into major film recognition at this time.

And she became also fast friends with his girl-friend Mimi O’Donnell, whose side she sped to leaving Santa Barbara to fly to New York the minute his death was announced. Both women have three young children.The devastation Hoffman’s tragedy has wrought on O’Donnell and the family is unimaginable.

Everyone was deeply moved by this speech in which Blanchett called Hoffman her “touchstone” and which she ended with “So this is for you Phil, you bastard.”

It took EVERYbody’s mind off the Farrow thing, very classy all round. Though that dress was black and very severe, almost dowdy, I thought. But nevermind the fashion. I’m sure Cate will pick an even better choice for the Oscars, and her upcoming coronation.

All these unproved allegations that are coming up suspiciously at awards time is just,IMHO, a fighting mad Mia Farrow, being the vengeful dumped ex-lover once again and trying to do a scorched earth policy though her daughter, Dylan. It didn’t work.

And dear readers, dear cineastes, I do have to make mention of the fact that NOT ONCE was Mia Farrow even NOMINATED for an Oscar. Golden Globes yes, but Oscar, no. Take that factoid for what you will, but whatever Mia’s motivations, she was NOT able to stop Cate the Great in her road Oscar glory on March 2.

The BAFTAS are here!

So excited for BAFTA day! Wish I was there! But I’m not. I’m here. It’s raining there, of course. It always is….

But I’ll try to keep you updated as they happen. They are six hours ahead of EST. So they are all inside now. The red carpet is done. And they just gave out their first award to Alexandre Desplat for Best Score for “The King’s Speech”! The steamroller is just beginning.

Geoffrey Rush is here in NYC doing his play “Diary of a Madman” at BAM. There’s an event honoring him, in any case tonight, here. Will it turn it an awards’ ceremony also? IOW, he’s not there to accept,¬†¬†even if he wins.

More updates thoughout the afternoon. Stay tuned!

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