The BAFTA list of films entered for this year’s awards has only two notable omissions that I can spot, Albert Nobbs and Le Havre.

Significant contenders categorized as British films: Arthur Christmas, Attack the Block, Coriolanus, Gnomeo & Juliet, The Guard, Hanna, Harry Potter, The Iron Lady, Jane Eyre, The Lady, My Week with Marilyn, Project Nim, Shame, Sherlock Holmes, Submarine, Tinker Tailor, Tyrannosaur, War Horse, W.E., Weekend, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Wuthering Heights.

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  • Why hadn’t I thought of Tom Hardy in terms of BAFTA before? Hmm… I wonder…

  • Koleś

    I hope Peter Mullan get’s nominated.

  • Jerry

    They are really going to claim the Americanized Sherlock Holmes when their version is better? O.K. BAFTAS have at it!

  • Beth Stevens

    I see that The Tree of Life is not eligible for original music at BAFTA. Desplat still has Extremely Loud and Potter, though.

  • Shit, that British films list is epic. It’s obviously been a great year for British film. Come on Wuthering Heights! And Shame, obvs.

  • Craig Kell

    The Inbetweeners Movie too! Would love that to make the Best British films longlist lol

  • I don’t get what’s wrong with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, it did very well than any film this year on Rotten Tomatoes, MetaCritic, Broadcst Film Association, it’s the best reviewed film of the year (universal critical acclaim), did absolutely excellently well in the box office (including breaking box office records), ranked #1 best movie of the summer (that was released after Tree of Life and Midnight in Paris), and i was voted the most anticipated film of the year?t

  • I’m amazed Cell 211 is ellegible (which is a BAD movie, imho, despite its Best Picture Goya) and hope it doesn’t overshadow The Skin I Live In’s chances (BAFTAs wouldn’t surprise me if they go Almodovar again). It seems Potter vs. the rest, and I think it is highly unlikely british industry is going to overlook it. It’s their “Lord of the Rings”, their “Star Wars”, they probably will back it up, knowing it’s there or nothing, now.

    Therefore, BAFTAs might have little similarity on the winners list with Oscar, this year. Or so I think. I guess Potter can take British Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Score, and a bunch of technicals (a sweep there). Maybe Rickman, Smith or Fiennes can surprise, too. But unless BAFTA wants to give the film some special award…

  • Jesus,
    BAFTA already did that this year:

    I still see them honoring the last movie in a big way, though.

  • A.J

    Is it too much to ask for Attack the Block, Harry Potter, and Weekend to all be nominated?

  • @ Jesus

    It’s hardly amazing that Cell 211 is eligible – it met the requirements for eligibility; thus, it is eligible.

    And OCO, why must you keep blathering on about Harry Potter? It’s not that it’s not relevant here, only that your point is not relevant. According to the above BAFTA list, there’s nothing wrong with Harry Potter at all. If you’re going to continue whinging with no purpose relating to the Oscar race, why can’t you do it elsewhere? When the time is more appropriate?

  • Arthur

    I Guess Harry Potter last chance for the oscars is GET Into BAFTA’s best picture category AND the top 10 at the PGA’s
    Few days ago i thought the PGA nom was a lock but after watching what happened in the Critics’ Choice i think it might not be even a posibility

  • Arthur

    I Imagine there’s gonna be a lot of BAFTA LOVE for hp, Can imagine Noms for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Make-up and Cinematography
    And I Hope they win in Production Desing, Original Score, Visual Effetcs & Sound

  • Saulo

    “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is a shit movie. I will never understand the hype over Tilda’s performance. Unfortunately she will be nominated for the BAFTA as well and Elizabeth Olsen will be out of the race for good (sadly).

  • Matt R

    When are noms even announced? And how many slots are for Best Film? Plus they’ve already given HP two awards this year so I think its chance is quite good

  • “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is a shit movie.

    No it’s not. I can understand when people dislike a film but that comment is too strong for what is a well made film at the very least, regardless of personal opinion.

  • @Paddy M, it does have to do with the oscar race, I mean why do think HP8 wasn’t nominated for those state or city film critic award shows?

  • @ OCO, that wasn’t my point. Your comments have bearing on the Oscar race. They’re pointless in that sense. They are related to the Oscar race, but have no purpose relating to it, in a practical sense. And Harry Potter hasn’t been recognised by most critics’ groups because they don’t respect it to the same extent that they respect other films. We all know that.

  • Beth Stevens

    @Matt R – BAFTA longlists (15 per category) come out around Jan. 6, and the nominations (5 per category) are on Jan. 17. Harry Potter has a chance to be nominated in both Best Film and Best British Film.

  • Alfredo

    Can we please stop hijacking every thread with Harry Potter?! Let’s make a pact to just ignore all the trolls (which at this point is what you guys have become)

  • Sam

    The Guard is an Irish film, not british?

  • John

    Alfredo, I don’t see anyone trolling. Just one obsessive fan.

  • Beth Stevens

    The Guard is an Irish film, not british?

    Maybe it had some British financing, or something? These arcane eligibility decisions are all Greek to me.

  • JP

    ”Significant contenders categorized as British films: Arthur Christmas, Attack the Block, Coriolanus, Gnomeo & Juliet, The Guard, Hanna, Harry Potter, The Iron Lady, Jane Eyre, The Lady, My Week with Marilyn, Project Nim, Shame, Sherlock Holmes, Submarine, Tinker Tailor, Tyrannosaur, War Horse, W.E., Weekend, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Wuthering Heights.”

    And also Tinker, Taylor… considering this are the british films, Harry Potter can be considered the frontrunner to win Best British Film followed by TTSS. Just don’t see they awarding War Horse here.

  • JP

    Sorry, I read the british films names quite fast and didn’t see Tinker Taylor. Harry Potter, TTSS and War Horse are locks here.

  • Beth Stevens

    The British Film winner is chosen by jury, and so it often goes to a small film. Not always, though. The last four winners were The King’s Speech, Fish Tank, Man on Wire, and This is England. BP winners those same years were The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, and Atonement.

  • The King’s Speech was the first film to win both Best Film and Best British Film since 1968.

    In between, Atonement and Slumdog Millionaire both won Best Film but missed out on Best British Film to a film not nominated for Best Film.

    The Queen won Best Film but missed out on Best British Film to a film which was nominated for but lost Best Film (The Last King of Scotland).

    The Full Monty, Mrs. Brown, The Hours, Cold Mountain, Vera Drake, The Constant Gardener and An Education were all nominated for Best Film and Best British Film but lost out on Best British Film to a film which was not nominated for Best Film.

    And so, you see, the odds on Harry Potter winning both Best Film and Best British Film are not in its favour.

  • JP

    Yeah, Beth is right! I completely forgot this.
    This is the category that awarded the ok but nothing exceptional The Last King of Scotland over The Queen, United 93, Notes on a Scandal and Casino Royale. And Man on Wire over Slumdog, but in this case I think the jury thought Slumdog was already taking Best Film.

  • Matt R

    @ Beth Stevens thank you for that. Yeah I’m sure HP will make the long list.

  • Beth Stevens

    Paddy, what do you think they’ll nominate in the top categories?

  • Saulo


    That was rude, I know. However, I still don’t think the movie was well-made. It’s [i]a mess.[/i] Poorly edited, directed, written… Tilda is by far the best thing about it, but still, it doesn’t justify all the hype.

  • They normally follow whatever leads have already been set for them by the Guilds and the Globes, so I think it’s safe to predict that The Artist, The Descendants and Hugo will be nominated. At least one British film is usually also nominated – I have a feeling that’ll be Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The fifth slot? Not The Help, it hasn’t been as much of a success in the UK as in the US, and it’s not their style. Maybe The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, although only if it picks up heat between now and then. Maybe War Horse too, but still, Harry Potter is probably the strongest bet for that fifth slot, all things considered.

    For British Film, it’s such a strong field this year. Tinker Tailor and Harry Potter are safe bets, but I’m not so sure about War Horse. This category is decided upon by committee; they usually make edgier choices than that. I think My Week with Marilyn and Shame will join those two, and the fifth slot will likely be between Submarine and Wuthering Heights. But there are so many possibilities in this category.

  • Beth Stevens

    Sounds like Tree of Life doesn’t stand much chance at a Best Film nod. But Hugo and Dragon Tattoo would be cool. And Shame for British Film. I could live with that.

  • @Saulo I’m not an editor, so I can’t speak to that but I thought it was really good. It wasn’t incredibly cinematic, meaning it could have been a cable TV movie by the way it looked. But I thought the story was great and the acting was just fine. And it definitely had something to say which is a lot more than most movies this year. At this point if someone held a gun to my head and forced me to make a top ten, We Need to Talk About Kevin would probably be on it.

    btw, for html stuff you have to use these >< instead of ][ those.

  • Sasha, have you seen People Magazine’s Top 10 films? I have an article about it on my blog.

  • Saulo

    @Antoinette Thanks for the html tip. By the way, I do agree the movie has a strong message, I just think it was poorly executed, that’s all. And I’d hate to see Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara or Elizabeth Olsen get shunned over Tilda Swinton.

  • Joc

    Good, Albert Nobbs was left off the list. One of the worst “Oscar-baity” films this year. GLENN CLOSE does not give a performance worth an Oscar nomination and I’m glad people are starting to realize that (Guy Lodge’s tweets concerning the film/performance today are on the money).

  • Beth Stevens

    @ Joc – Albert Nobbs was left off the list because it wasn’t submitted and won’t be released in Britain before the deadline – nothing to do with its quality.

  • Beth, I’m not so sure. The Tree of Life could do well enough at BAFTA. A Best Film nomination may be a stretch with only five nominees, but I see no reason to rule out its chances. Although, the BAFTAs may be the one place where Emmanuel Lubezki is not a lock for Cinematography – their tech categories have the potential to go any which way.

  • @Paddy M “And so, you see, the odds on Harry Potter winning both Best Film and Best British Film are not in its favour” how many british films 1) do you know that not made alot of records international but in north america?

    2) were known as the best reviewed film of the year?

    3) popular in not only in the US, UK, but around the world and had fans in line (to see the movie) dressed as characters from the movie or wearing costumes from the movie?

    4) ranked # 1 in not only more than four thousand movie theaters (yearly in the United States, Worldwide and in Opening Day (all time), and in opening weekend (all time)), but was known as a global box office success and massive successful franchise?

    5) on it had a voting poll on “Which Golden Globe Award snub was the most egregious?” I was surprised that it wasn’t Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and why do you think it was?

    6) set the record for fastest-selling pre-order DVD and Blu-ray on, just two days into the pre-order period? ALso got a better grade or had more reviews than any film this year on Rotten Tomatoes (Overall and Top Critics), Metacritic, and Broadcast Film Association?

    And lastly (those things didn’t came from me but from people around the world) has a franchise that’s been a success financially and critically, making the franchise one of the major Hollywood tent-poles akin to James Bond, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean?

  • @ OCO

    None. And that’s why there are no odds on such a film winning those two BAFTAs. Hence why I chose to deduce Harry Potter’s chances using the relevant statistics.

    I’m not saying that it won’t win those two awards, only that it’s not likely to. If you want to try to convince me that it is, go to BAFTA members with your facts and see if you can convince them. Then, if Harry Potter does indeed manage this feat, I’ll concur. Otherwise, I couldn’t give a shit.

  • JP

    Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara and Kirsten Dunst are much more deserving of a nod than Glen Close but the first one plays a very very unlikable character and the last two are in films that are in 2 films that are just not Oscar vibe ones.

  • @Paddy M it’s not only best financially, but critically

  • JP

    Of course Potter is not winning the 2 awards. I right now put it as a frontrunner in the British film category because i think the brits will feel the need to award the franchise with a big prize. But an indie like Shame or TTSS could get the gold because the jury tend to vote for an indie. War Horse is probably in here and the last spot could go to lots of films… We Need to talk about kevin, tyranossaur, my week with marilyn…

    For best film, the nominees are usually not different than the Oscar ones.
    Take the top 9 films fighting for Oscar gold + Harry Potter and TTSS

    The Artist
    The Descendants
    The Help
    War Horse
    Midnight In Paris
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    The Tree of Life

    Hugo, The Descendants and The Artist are locks. The Help is out. It’s thematic is too American. For me, Moneyball is almost out for the same reason, but it’s a better reviewed film… it’s not impossible but The Fighter was out in 2011. I think Midnight In Paris is in for me… the europeans loved it. Tree of Life is out but Malick receives a directing nod. For the last spot, it depends… if they prefer an Oscar bait film, it’s probably War Horse and not ELIC (although they love Daldry and the brits have helped to make The Reader surprise in 2009). If they are in the mood for a typical british production (they usually nominate a british film and War Horse, although considered british, is directed by the most famous American director), it’s Potter vs. TTSS with a slight advantage for Potter.

  • @Paddy M which do you like better Hugo or The Artist

  • Jared

    You know what would be awesome (and never going to happen)? If Young Adult just so happened to get some BAFTA love. Those Brit’s sure do love unlikeable characters, right?! Hahaha that would help Theron’s Oscar campaign and the film as a whole. It’s a shame quality films and quality work are being passed over this year. How in the world did My Week with Marilyn get a GG nod over Young Adult?

  • John

    The Artist
    Midnight in Paris
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    The Descendants

    Something like that. The Tree of Life, War Horse and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy could also be nominated. Moneyball and The Help are too ‘American’ for the BAFTAs.

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    We Need to Talk About Kevin
    My Week with Marilyn

    I could see Tyrannosaur appearing here. Submarine, Wuthering Heights, Kill List etc. won’t get so far.

    I think the Best Film award will either go to The Artist or to Hugo and Harry Potter will win Best British Film. They’ll want to support Harry Potter, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Shame, My Week with Marilyn and We Need to Talk About Kevin as much as they can, because these are the British films with solid Oscar potential for various categories.

  • John

    Shame has chances for Actor and Supporting Actress, My Week with Marilyn for Actress, Supporting Actor, Costume Design and Art Direction, We Need to Talk About Kevin for Lead Actress, Tinker, Tailor for Lead Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score and Art Direction and Harry Potter for Picture, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Art Direction, Visuals, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Makeup and Original Score.

  • Yes I liked Tree of Life and Moneyball. Actually for some reason Moneyball reminded me a bit of the Social Network in a way. It’s good to see so many good British films around at the moment it’s a really good sign of things to come with so moch talent around.

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