Too Much Culture

A Break Down of the BAFTA Nominees

Posted in Uncategorized by tneenan on 01/18/2011

So the votes are in, and the nominees of the 2011 BAFTAs have been announced, Too Much Culture takes a look at the nominees for the main film awards…

Best Picture

Black Swan: Darren Aranofsky’s companion piece to 2009’s The Wrestler sees Natalie Portman tormented by a woman who looks like her. The story is based on the true story of Kierra Knightley abusing Portman on the set of “The Phantom Menace”. Vincent Cassell also delivers a stunning performance as Jake Lloyd.

Inception: The decade’s most intelligent blockbuster. The film pulled no intellectual punches, with sequences such as the intelligent, fifteen minute car chase, the cerebral gun battles and the use of extremely clever explosions.

The King’s Speech: The inspirational story of a man who was able to rise above his privileged aristocratic upbringing to tell loads of people some bad news. The King’s Speech is the heart warming hit of the year.

The Social Network: The story of a computer genius set in a weird parallel universe where all teenagers are cursed to talk like a smug middle aged man. Sorkin’s dialogue is so dazzling in renders the film almost unwatchable.

True Grit: A worthy contender for The Best Film award, particularly given how many people in the UK have raved about this film, and the huge amount of money it’s taken at the box office, since it opened two weeks in the future.

Outstanding British Film

127 Hours: A companion piece to Danny Boyle’s 2009 film “Home Alone 7: Coyote in The Desert” offers another perspective on the story of a Coyote, trying to protect himself from a villainous James Franco who is trespassing on his land.

Another Year: Mike Leigh’s ordinary film about ordinary people leading ordinary lives. The Feelmeh Film of the Year.

Four Lions: Chris Morris’ feature debut about suicide bombers required months of exhaustive research. His job was made easier by his collaboration with Adam sandler, who was researching a PhD in International Terrorism for “Don’t Mess With The Zohan”.

The King’s Speech: Yep.

Made In Dagenham: Uum, is this the one where they make shoes? Nick Frost is in it? No that’s not it. The one about the brass band? No. Can’t help you.

Animated Film

Despicable Me: The brilliant family comedy starring the voice of Steve Carell and from the same idea which brought you Megamind.

How to Train Your Dragon: Al Gore’s first fore into animated films is a PowerPoint display explaining to children, calmly and thoroughly, that dragons don’t exist and never have.

Toy Story 3: The concluding part of the Toy Story trilogy heralded the end of the Toy Story franchise. The film was truly an emotional rollercoaster. Adults cried, children cried, but most of all, Tim Allen cried.