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My Predictions: 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards

It’s finally here! Tomorrow night is the BAFTAs, the only movie awards show I actually get to watch live. In true movie blogger fashion, I’m here with my predictions for the night, and in true Often Off Topic fashion, I’m here to get most categories terribly wrong. It might be an usual year what with, you know, the never-ending worldwide pandemic – but you’ll still find me on Sunday night in my living room with my blanket and slippers, confusing my husband with my prediction rants.

In the past I’ve tried to wear only my critic hat, I’ve also tried to guess with my heart. The best method seems to be to go with a mixture of both, so let’s give it a go and hop into the predictions, shall we?

BEST FILM

THE FATHER
THE MAURITANIAN
NOMADLAND
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Only the first category and I’m already stuck. Nomadland is the clear front runner in most other awards but BAFTA are so well known for going against the grain. It wouldn’t be my first choice, I would prefer PYW or TTotC7, but I think Nomadland will win.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

CALM WITH HORSES
THE DIG
THE FATHER
HIS HOUSE
LIMBO
THE MAURITANIAN
MOGUL MOWGLI
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN 
ROCKS
SAINT MAUD

Some wild choices in here, right? BAFTA seem to be all over The Mauritanian but I don’t rate it. I’m really hoping for a Promising Young Woman win here, but I would be happy with The Father too.

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes (Writer/Director)
LIMBO Ben Sharrock (Writer/Director), Irune Gurtubai (Producer) [also produced by Angus Lamont]
MOFFIE Jack Sidey (Writer/Producer) [also written by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Eric Abraham]
ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (Writers)
SAINT MAUD Rose Glass (Writer/Director), Oliver Kassman (Producer) [also produced by Andrea Cornwell]

Oh boy. I’ve seen 1 movie from this list (Saint Maud) and I didn’t like it at the time, I was missold by the marketing and was left confused, although it’s grown on me since. From online chatter I’m going with Rocks as the winner, but it would be awesome for a horror to win in a major awards ceremony.

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ANOTHER ROUND 
DEAR COMRADES!
LES MISÉRABLES
MINARI
QUO VADIS, AIDA?

I can’t believe Minari is here but not in Best Film. It feels like an obvious winner, but there’s a lot of love for Another Round and I’ve great things about Quo Vadis, Aida? too. Argh! My head and my heart are fighting but I’m going with Another Round.

DOCUMENTARY

COLLECTIVE
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET
THE DISSIDENT
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA

The Social Dilemma was interesting but didn’t feel award-worthy to me. I haven’t seen any others but I’ve heard of them. Us Brits adore David Attenborough but my gut says Collective will win.

ANIMATED FILM

ONWARD
SOUL
WOLFWALKERS 

Come on BAFTA, you got this one right last year with Klaus and I fully believe you can do it again. Wolfwalkers!

DIRECTOR

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg
BABYTEETH Shannon Murphy
MINARI Lee Isaac Chung
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić
ROCKS Sarah Gavron

This is a wild bunch for sure, isn’t it? I mean, this feels like it’s Chloé Zhao’s award but I just can’t fully put my faith in it!

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

ANOTHER ROUND Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
MANK Jack Fincher
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell
ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Aaron Sorkin

My heart is being pulled in two directions. I gave PYW and TTotC7 a full 5/5 and I love them both so much. I’m going with Promising Young Woman!

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE DIG Moira Buffini
THE FATHER Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
THE MAURITANIAN Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
THE WHITE TIGER Ramin Bahrani

Imagine having so many interesting movies to choose from, and picking The Dig. Sigh. I feel like The Father could win here, I would never have guessed it was based on a play.

LEADING ACTRESS

BUKKY BAKRAY Rocks
RADHA BLANK The Forty-Year-Old Version
VANESSA KIRBY Pieces of a Woman
FRANCES McDORMAND Nomadland
WUNMI MOSAKU His House
ALFRE WOODARD Clemency

Where is Viola Davis?! Carey Mulligan?! Ughhh! Could this be the award Vanessa Kirby takes home? I just…I’m so deflated. Let’s go with Frances McDormand.

LEADING ACTOR

RIZ AHMED Sound of Metal
CHADWICK BOSEMAN Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
ADARSH GOURAV The White Tiger
ANTHONY HOPKINS The Father
MADS MIKKELSEN Another Round
TAHAR RAHIM The Mauritanian

At least this category is looking better! I’m actually completely torn here. This is surely Chadwick Boseman’s award but BAFTA have pretty much ignored Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom! I’m going to take a risk…and I don’t know if I should take it with Riz Ahmed or Anthony Hopkins. I let my husband pick and he went with Riz!

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

NIAMH ALGAR Calm With Horses
KOSAR ALI Rocks
MARIA BAKALOVA Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
DOMINIQUE FISHBACK Judas and the Black Messiah
ASHLEY MADEKWE County Lines
YUH-JUNG YOUN Minari

Easy easy easy! I was fully on the Maria Bakalova train until I watched Minari. I would be over the moon still if Bakalova won but I have to go with Yuh-Jung Youn!

SUPPORTING ACTOR

DANIEL KALUUYA Judas and the Black Messiah
BARRY KEOGHAN Calm With Horses
ALAN KIM Minari
LESLIE ODOM JR. One Night in Miami…
CLARKE PETERS Da 5 Bloods
PAUL RACI Sound of Metal

How bloody lovely that BAFTA put Alan Kim here, seriously. Also so lovely to see Paul Raci here, but I feel like it’s going to Daniel Kaluuya.

ORIGINAL SCORE

MANK Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
MINARI Emile Mosseri
NEWS OF THE WORLD James Newton Howard
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Anthony Willis
SOUL Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Now, we enter the real guessing game. You’ll see my commentary disappearing when I’m basically picking by intuition alone!

CASTING

CALM WITH HORSES Shaheen Baig
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Alexa L. Fogel
MINARI Julia Kim
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu
ROCKS Lucy Pardee

CINEMATOGRAPHY

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Sean Bobbitt
MANK Erik Messerschmidt
THE MAURITANIAN Alwin H. Küchler
NEWS OF THE WORLD Dariusz Wolski
NOMADLAND Joshua James Richards

Really shocked that Tenet isn’t here, to be honest. I’m confident with this choice though.

EDITING

THE FATHER Yorgos Lamprinos
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Frédéric Thoraval
SOUND OF METAL Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Alan Baumgarten

PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE DIG Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
THE FATHER Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone
MANK Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale
NEWS OF THE WORLD David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan
REBECCA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

COSTUME DESIGN

AMMONITE Michael O’Connor
THE DIG Alice Babidge
EMMA. Alexandra Byrne
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Ann Roth
MANK Trish Summerville

MAKE UP & HAIR

THE DIG Jenny Shircore
HILLBILLY ELEGY Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal
MANK Colleen LaBaff, Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams
PINOCCHIO Dalia Colli, Mark Coulier, Francesco Pegoretti

SOUND

GREYHOUND Beau Borders, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw, David Wyman
NEWS OF THE WORLD Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett, Oliver Tarney
NOMADLAND Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder
SOUL Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker
SOUND OF METAL Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michelle Couttolenc

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

GREYHOUND Pete Bebb, Nathan McGuinness, Sebastian von Overheidt, Whitney Richman
THE MIDNIGHT SKY Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, Max Solomon, David Watkins
MULAN Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones
TENET Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

THE FIRE NEXT TIME Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf
THE SONG OF A LOST BOY Daniel Quirke, Jamie MacDonald, Brid Arnstein

BRITISH SHORT FILM

EYELASH Jesse Lewis Reece, Ike Newman
LIZARD Akinola Davies, Rachel Dargavel, Wale Davies
LUCKY BREAK John Addis, Rami Sarras Pantoja
MISS CURVY Ghada Eldemellawy
THE PRESENT Farah Nabulsi

EE RISING STAR AWARD

BUKKY BAKRAY
CONRAD KHAN
KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR
MORFYDD CLARK
ṢỌPẸ DÌRÍSÙ

This is the only award that the public choose, and I voted Morfydd Clark so I have to stick with her!

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LAMB Devours the Oscars 2021: Best Actor in a Leading Role

This year’s awards season is just going on forever, isn’t it? Roll on a bit of movie normality, I say! Last year I wrote a small piece for The LAMB (Large Association of Movie Bloggers) about the Best Lead Actor category at the Oscars, and I was thrilled when Rob got in touch to say that category was still free this year! 2021 is such an incredible year for the Lead Actors. Firstly, the diversity! We love to see it. Secondly, the combined talent of these 5 men is astronomical! Let’s break it down, shall we?

Gary Oldman – Mank

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Now, I might not be a professional critic but I like to make an effort to at least know what I’m talking about. I have to be honest, I find nothing appealing about Mank at all but I’m watching it as I write this in order to give a biased opinion. Gary Oldman is an actor who always gives 100% but if the noise on social media is anything to go by, he’s not in the running to win this year.

Anthony Hopkins – The Father

anthony-hopkins-the-father

The Father was my most recent watch and I think my heart is still hurting from it. My full review will be posted next week but wow, all I can say is believe the hype! Anthony Hopkins plays a character suffering from dementia and struggling to understand what is real and it’s so incridibly easy to sympathise with him. His final scene is his stand-out moment and he played it so well it’s a scene I don’t think I can ever bring myself to watch again.

Steven Yeun – Minari

Steven-Yeun-Minari

Argh, 2020 might have been a bit disappointing for movies generally, but we sure got a handful of gems from it, didn’t we? I didn’t expect Minari to capture my heart in the way that it did, and although that’s largely thanks to Supporting Actress Yuh-Jung Youn, I can’t ignore Steven Yeun. He plays a father desperately trying to create a better life for his family and whilst it’s a quiet and nuanced role, it can’t be ignored.

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal

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Can I get a YAAAAAAS for Riz Ahmed? Sound of Metal is growing on me every day that I think about it. I didn’t rave about it after I first watched it but Riz blew me away. Ever since Nightcrawler (2014) I knew he was destined for greatness, and here we are! As much as I would love for him to take the Oscar I don’t think he will – but he stands a decent chance at the BAFTA this weekend I reckon,

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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Whenever I think about Chadwick or Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom I hope that his passing was a bad dream. He was taken away so, so early and right at the height of his acting career. Before I’d seen his performance as Levee, the dark cynic in me had to wonder if there was a certain level of sympathy behind his nomination, but after watching the movie twice I can say without a shadow of a doubt that isn’t the case. Chadwick absolutely owns this movie and I would argue it’s more Levee’s story than Ma Rainey’s. I don’t think it’s set in stone, but I do think that he’ll win.

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Online Association of Female Film Critics 2020 Awards Winners

A little over a year ago I was accepted as a member of the Online Association of Female Film Critics – what an honour! I feel so lucky to be part of  something so important. Last month was particularly special as I got to put forward my nominations for their annual awards, and then cast my vote a few days later. I’ve always enjoyed awards season but being a part of it is just something else. If you missed the winners being announced on Twitter earlier today, here they are, with some of my thoughts.

BEST FILM
First Cow
Minari
Nomadland
One Night in Miami
Promising Young Woman

WINNER: Promising Young Woman
I’m thrilled with this win, there’s nothing more to say!

BEST DIRECTOR
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Regina King, One Night in Miami
Kelly Reichardt, First Cow
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

WINNER: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
I thought Nomadland was fine, but I didn’t love it. However, it’s looking like Zhao is going to sweep this season and I’ll always be happy with a female win!

BEST MALE LEAD
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods
Mads Mikkelsen, Another Round
Steven Yeun, Minari

WINNER: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
This was a HUGE surprise, but one I couldn’t be mad with! I was torn between him and Chadwick but when Chadwick is almost guaranteed the Oscar it’s nice to see some love for Riz.

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

WINNER: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman
Just assume that any time PYW wins a category, my reaction is “yaaaaaaas!”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Bill Murray, On the Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
This movie has no UK release date that I’m aware of, which is a shame.

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman
Dominique Fishback, Judas and the Black Messiah
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-jung Youn, Minari

WINNER: Yuh-jung Youn, Minari
Okay, my vote went to Maria Bakalova but I watched Minari for the first time last night and oh my. Yuh-jung Youn would have been my pick if I’d watched it in time. She was the life and soul of that movie!

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Minari
One Night in Miami
The Trial of the Chicago 7

WINNER: One Night in Miami
The lack of love for The Trial of the Chicago 7 makes me a little sad, I hoped it would win in at least 1 category.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Miranda July, Kajillionaire
Andy Siara, Palm Springs

WINNER: Emerald Fennel, Promising Young Woman & Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Look at that beautiful lineup! Gutted for Kajillionaire but the fact it was nominated enough to be in the running means a lot to me.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Sarah Gubbins, Shirley
Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller, The Father
Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Kemp Powers, One Night in Miami
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

WINNER: Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Collective
Dick Johnson is Dead
The Mole Agent
The Painter and the Thief
Time

WINNER: Collective
I don’t watch many documentaries at all so I bowed out of this category, but I’ll make an effort to watch Collective now.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Onward
Over the Moon
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Soul
Wolfwalkers

WINNER: Wolfwalkers
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Wolfwalkers and I’m patiently waiting to get my hands on a copy. I liked Onward but it’s always nice to see the smaller studios win these awards.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Christopher Blauvelt, First Cow
Stéphane Fontaine, Ammonite
Matthew Libatique, Birds of Prey
Erik Messerschmidt, Mank
Joshua James Richards, Nomadland

WINNER: Joshua James Richards, Nomadland
I might not have loved the movie but Nomadland was, without a doubt, my winner here. It was stunning.

BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER
Kitty Green, The Assistant
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version
Channing Godfrey Peoples, Miss Juneteenth
Natalie Erika James, Relic

WINNER: Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
😀

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Kingsley Ben-Adir, One Night in Miami
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Orion Lee, First Cow
Cristin Milioti, Palm Springs
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

WINNER: Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Only one of my picks made the nominations list, I think I went too obscure.

THE ROSIE
The Assistant
The Forty-Year-Old Version
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman

WINNER: Never Rarely Sometimes Always