Pina (Germany, 2011)

The longlist for the 2012 BAFTAS (British Academy Film Awards) was released today: you can find all nominees here. A quick look at some of the categories:


Best Film Not in the English Language

I am actually not familiar with most of these. I have seen only two – Jodái-e Náder az Simin and Incendies – the former I already enthused over aplenty. The latter, which was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011, I watched at the Tricycle Cinema’s International Oscar Season event last year. It’s another outstanding film but not for the faint-hearted. If you think a film might not go there, to that worst nightmare scenario that you suspiciously start to imagine as the story unfolds, well – that film does go there. Incendies is fictional, but the tale it tells has very certainly taken place in some form somewhere in this world – and that makes it so heart wrenching.

Otherwise, I have heard of Tomboy (very keen to see it), Pina (a Wim Wender’s film, has had some rave reviews), Potiche (not particularly interested) and La piel que habito (not such a fan of the director Almodóvar, although if you haven’t seen anything by him, it’s probably be worth giving a try). I don’t know very much about the rest, although some look pretty good, especially Post Mortem and As If I Am Not There.

Interestingly, the BAFTA’s nominees are rather different from that of the Golden Globes – only Jodái-e Náder az Simin and La piel que habito appear on both lists. Perhaps some of the BAFTA contenders that had a 2010 release date were already nominated for a Golden Globe last year?


Animated Film

  • The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango

The list is as exciting as that of the Golden Globes – that is, not at all. Gnomeo and Juliet replaces Cars 2 – what an improvement! Do I really need to say anything else?


Best Supporting Actor

Alan Rickman is at the top of the list of nominees for his portrayal of Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. I still haven’t seen the final instalment of the HP saga, and while the previous films where sufficiently entertaining, they were no more than that. However, Rickman’s Snape was always the highlight of every Harry Potter film, so I’d be quite happy for him to win a BAFTA for the role. Rickman = Snape if you ask me. (I have not seen the films of his fellow nominees, so I cannot say whether he deserves the award more than them.)

And otherwise…

L’artiste (The Artist) is also faring well with the BAFTAs: it has 13 nominations overall, including one for Best Film.