Les Mis Tops BAFTAs but Argo takes the Big One

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Best Film: Argo
Leading Actor: Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis
Leading Actress: Amour, Emmanuelle Riva
Director: Argo, Ben Affleck
Film not in the English Language: Amour, Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz
Supporting Actor: Django Unchained, Christoph Waltz
Supporting Actress: Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway
Cinematography: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

Original Screenplay: Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
Original Film Score: Skyfall, Thomas Newman
Production Design: Les Miserables, Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Editing: Argo, William Goldenberg
Sound: Les Miserables
Best Documentary: Searching For Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Animated Film: Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Special Effects: Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott
Makeup and Hair: Les Miserables, Lisa Westcott
Costumes: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Outstanding British Film: Skyfall, Sam Mendes
Short Film: Swimmer, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw
Animated Short: The Making of Longbird, Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: The Imposter, Bart Layton & Dimitri Doganis
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Winner: Tessa Ross
BAFTA Fellowship: Alan Parker

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488 Comments on this Post

  1. Can anybody help me with a livestream??? I can’t find a proper one…

  2. BAFTA’s red carpet will be live streamed. Go to http://www.facebook.com/ee

    begins at 5pm GMT. It’s 4:08 GMT right now.

  3. thank you Ryan

  4. Any network broadcasting this? Maybe BBC America?

  5. Astarisborn

    I read will it will be on BBC America at 8pm ET and obviously will be a pre recorded show.

  6. At what time the awards show begins? Red carpet is not for me.

  7. Last year it looks like we started listing the winners one by one right around 9:35, LA time. So if they’re on track this year with similar schedule we should begin seeing the names of winners trickle down in less than 45 minutes?

    Of course, we always hold out hope that Variety will announce all the winners before the winners even hear about it.

  8. The red carpet starts live at 17:15 GMT. I don’t think the show starts until 18:30 or 19:00-ish.

  9. See this is what I mean. I looked it up last night and it said 7pm London time. This is why I’m crazy. I was just emergency checking before trying to venture out to see if McDonald’s is open. lol

    Is anyone seeing anything? I just see a thing that says it will start soon.

  10. Marion Cotillard won the international Best Actress award at last night’s Irish Film and TV awards for Rust and Bone. Wondering now if she could be the dark horse for tonight’s BAFTA. It might come down to Riva or Cotillard instead of Riva or Chastain. The Brits loved her in Rust and Bone.

  11. Okay this thing is working for me. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21387802

    This BBC guy just said you could hear Anne Hathaway’s teeth during Les Miz. lolol

    Martin Freeman was actually great in THE HOBBIT. I was surprised. I didn’t like him before.

  12. Red carpet is on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21401540#TWEET595215

    It will start in about 9:00 in London, in 3,5 hours from now.

  13. Antoinette

    I’m sorry but this presenter dude’s scarf is not appropriate for Bafta. lol

  14. Antoinette

    I’ve got Hugh Jackman’s autograph. :P

    Don’t ask me where it is, but I’ve got it. lol

  15. So according to the dude with the ugly scarf Chastain isn’t gonna be there

  16. Antoinette

    Jackman just said it was the first film where people were allowed to sing live. Why do they keep up with that BS? So sickening.

    @Alice I’m guessing she got snowed in. She was in NYC on Friday.

    JLaw went with the slick rainproof hair. Smart cookie. :)

  17. Lovely interview with Hugh Jackman on BBC BAFTA Red Carpet just now. Usual intelligent, gracious self.

  18. Chastain not being there is probably due to the NE snowstorm and she is finally wrapping up “The Heiress” this weekend.

    Not sure I’m liking Jennifer’s hair.

  19. Antoinette,

    First TOTALLy sung live, ten to 12 hours a day on set. It was completely different than any other film. The only one they had to dub at all was some of the “Look Down” number because the crashing water took out the sound equipment.

  20. Antoinette

    Holy shit guys. It’s on my TV. lol Does anyone else have BBC World in the US?

  21. First TOTALLy sung live… The only one they had to dub at all was some of the “Look Down” number…

    So not actually totally sung live then.

  22. Tero Heikkinen

    Mark Kermode could never be speechless. He’s pretty cool actually.

  23. They Sung it all live, but some enhancement had to be done because the equipment kept getting drowned.

  24. Antoinette

    Why can’t Affleck walk hand in hand with his wife down the red carpet? We’ve had a running joke about it in my house for years but now it’s just pathetic. They got out of the car looking like they would be attached but no! He leaves her flat every time. I don’t care if he doesn’t like her. It’s just wrong. You can’t do the dimple parade and then send her solo on the carpet. It’s RUDE! NO ONE ELSE DOES THAT!

    TAKE HALF, JEN! TAKE HALF!!!

  25. Tero Heikkinen

    It’s so funny that rain is so common in UK, but in LA it would be an apocalypse.

    No Rising Star to Juno Temple, thank you. Suraj Sharma should get it.

  26. Sparks Meridian

    The dude with the scarf is Mark Kermode, the best critic in the UK.

  27. Antoinette

    It’s so funny that rain is so common in UK, but in LA it would be an apocalypse.

    But in LA they’d have a canopy just in case if there’s a slight chance of rain. Every year Bafta, in London, just buys umbrellas in bulk. IDGI

  28. Ben Affleck may not like his wife, Argo may be overawarded, but damn does he rock that scruff good.

    And note to the commentators: Les Miserables ain’t winning. I know they gotta stump for a British made movie(which is based on a French novel oddly enough) but only Anne is winning anything from that movie. Deal with it.

  29. He is overtly rooting for Hugh Jackman. How professional.

  30. Tero Heikkinen

    Yes, Mark is cool. Compare this to Oscars’ clueless fashion models (wanna-be reporters) asking “what are you wearing?” -questions and UK’s actual film people talking about the art form. Huge difference.

    It used to be like that at the Oscars, too. Ebert did that for a while.

  31. Antoinette

    George Clooney is starting to look like an old fisherman/English professor. lol He needs a pipe.

  32. Eoin Daly

    Antoniette: He must be growing it for “The Monuments Men”. Just like Affleck I think Clooney will get snubbed for director and it will happen all over again.

  33. David O. Russel used the son-angle AGAIN…am I the only one who is uncomfortable with a contender bringing his teenage son’s very personal problems into an Oscar campaign ?

  34. “Yes, Mark is cool. Compare this to Oscars’ clueless fashion models (wanna-be reporters) asking “what are you wearing?” -questions and UK’s actual film people talking about the art form. Huge difference.
    It used to be like that at the Oscars, too. Ebert did that for a while.”

    Yes the BAFTA media do have that over the American awards shows. I do wonder how many Hollywood actresses and singers are really into fashion vs. not giving a shit but are pressured to feign interest to placate gossip and fashion bloggers?

  35. Helen Mirren has pink hair. I wonder what she is filming.

  36. Does Helen Mirren have pink hair or is that just my computer monitor?

  37. Sparks Meridian

    Helen Mirren’s hair matches her pink lipstick.

  38. Antoinette

    Helen Mirren has pink hair.

    Good. I thought it was my TV. lol

    What’s Sarah Jessica Parker doing there?

    The BBC lady doesn’t get the Bradley Cooper thing. lol I’m finally on board after much resistance. ;)

  39. No, phantom, you’re not alone on this. I’m sure the constant airing of the son-angle on broadcast TV is having a negative impact on the kid.

    Think of the impact of parents repeating embarrassing moments of their kids to relatives and magnify it by about, say, 2 million. Then factor in the coping with mental illness factor (instead of simple teen angst). Can’t be good for his son.

  40. Antoinette

    OMG OMG Affleck is finally walking the red carpet with the love O’ his life, George Clooney. lololololololololololol Holee Sheet. I knew it would happen some day. roflmao

  41. Tero Heikkinen

    Sally takes her son everywhere, hopefully to the Oscars as well.

  42. The J Viewer

    [Hoping this one won’t be deleted. xD]

    I am living on the other side of the world. I am watching BBC live broadcast now (from Central London).

    The weather there looked too unkind though – it was raining for the time being. I am hoping the rain won’t ruin those beautiful actresses’ hair. lol

    [OMG Dame Helen is pretty in pink (her hair I mean). Age ain’t nuthang but a number babaaay. . . . xD]

    But where’s my beautiful JLaw? I wanna see you clearly Come closer than this But all I remembeeer Are the dreams in the miiist. . . .

  43. Jackman totally deserves it and everyone who truly believes that gets to say it out loud until the DDL coronation takes place.

  44. Antoinette

    @The J Viewer You missed JLaw she went in earlier with slick hair. :)

  45. Checked Chastain’s Facabook page, nothing about BAFTA, but she did post something interesting two hours ago :

    “I find it very sad that media makes up bogus stories about women fighting in this industry. Filming The Help was the most amazing experience and yet, that is the film Im most asked about in regards to “fighting on set”. Why do we support the myth that women are competitive and cannot get along?
    I think all of the actresses recognized this year have given incredible performances. But more important, they’ve all shown themselves to be filled with generosity and kindness. I’ve done two photo shoots with Jennifer Lawrence over the years and have found her to be utterly charming and a great talent. I’ve told her how beautiful her film work is.
    Please don’t allow the media to perpetuate the myth that women arent supportive of each other. Everytime an actress is celebrated for her great work, I cheer. For the more brilliant their performance, the more the audience demands stories about women. With support and encouragement, we help to inspire this industry to create opportunities for women. And as we all know: a great year for women in film, is just a great year for film xxjes”

  46. Amy Adams looks so much like Adele today!
    and Weinstein is in the building :)

  47. Ew there’s a slimy snake on my livestream.

    Oh no, that’s Harvey Weinstein.

  48. Antoinette

    Uh… that looks like Jessica Chastain lol

  49. Jessica Chastain IS there, giving an interview right now on BBC World News.

  50. Wait, Jessica’s there! Yay!!!

  51. Eoin Daly

    JESSICA CHASTAIN HAS ARRIVED

  52. Chastain is here!! :)

  53. Jessica Chastain is always so attentive and awake and devoted, love her!

  54. The J Viewer

    Antoinette,

    Thank you very much for ruining my day with the sad reality that my poor heart from now on has to bear for the rest of my life. . . . JK

    [OMG I am so dramatic. lol]

    Seriously, thanks for sharing, Antoinette. Cheers. : )

  55. There is nothing like a Dame … First Mirren and now Judi Dench.

  56. Sally Field is wearing Tiffany Maxwell’s dress.

  57. Comment

  58. BBC livestream over. Boo you whores.

  59. Rising star should obviously be won by Alicia Vikander. No contest.

  60. stream link please?!

  61. Ceremony starts at 2100 GMT. That’s in two hours.

  62. Max, that’s the taped broadcast. The show starts in a few minutes.

  63. Paddy, where is it then?

  64. I don’t think there’ll be a live stream. There hasn’t been one before, right? We await announcements of winners via press.

  65. Bryce Forestieri

    Jackman doesn’t deserve to be nominated

  66. Tero Heikkinen

    But I feel like getting off of AwardsDaily and just watch the winners “live” at 9pm GMT which is 11pm MFT*

    *my fucking time.

  67. Antoinette

    This is why it’s dumb. You find out the winners before it’s broadcast anywhere. It’s the same as watching taped sporting events. Takes all the fun out of it, imo.

    I’m going out and will try to catch a stream of the BBC coverage when I get back.

  68. It will be aired live at BBC One and BBC America.

    http://www.moviescopemag.com/features/bafta-ceremony-to-be-broadcast-to-130-countries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bafta-ceremony-to-be-broadcast-to-130-countries

    Yet that’s not helping me, as I live in Germany. Hm, I’ll just hope for a taped playback on BBC WN.

  69. Or does anyone know a general livestream BBC 1 or BBC America livestream?

  70. Max, that link is incorrect. It is airing here in the UK at 21:00, which will not be live. There may be a stream available in two hours’ time.

  71. Did anyone realize Jessica Chastain was the only person holding her own umbrella?? Wow—gotta love her

    Now Clooney’s sporting a beard. The Argo producers should be called the bearded men.

    ALSO, it kind of bothered me that all the BBC commentators kept mentioning how boring Lincoln was. On BBC World they said it was slow in parts, not as fun and entertaining as Argo–and another live stream said it’s worth seeing if only for Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance. Well, that my friends, is why Lincoln will not be winning the Oscar.

  72. I saw just a few moments of the red carpet… If Jessica doesn’t win I’m gonna cry… she deserves it and Oscar more than DDL does in the male field

  73. Everyone is now seated inside the theatre, right? What will they do for the next two hours?

    oh, wait. Maybe they’re going to screen Argo again?

  74. I’m old enough to remember when the Rising Star award was called Most promising Newcomer.

    It’s curious to look through BAFTA’s past nominations and see how films which are now regarded as classics of the British cinema were largely ignored by BAFTA at the time.

    GOLDFINGER (1964) – 1 nomination for Art Direction (lost to Becket)
    THE ITALIAN JOB (1969) – 0 nominations
    GET CARTER (1971) – 1 nominations for Ian Hendry as Best Supporting Actor (he lost to Edward Fox for The Go-Between)
    LIFE OF BRIAN (1979) – 0 nominations
    THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY (1981)– 1 nomination for Bob Hoskins as Best actor (he lost to Burt Lancaster for Atlantic City)
    WITHNAIL AND I (1987) – 0 nominations

    I’m sticking my neck out and saying that LES MIS will win Best Film, Day Lewis Best Director, Anne Hathaway Best Supporting Actress. No idea who’ll win Director, Actress or Supporting Actor.

  75. Yup, Tero, that link is BBC1 legit.

  76. Tero Heikkinen

    So, people in the UK. Are there some hobbits on BBC ONE right now? If so, the link above works pretty well.

  77. Bryce Forestieri

    Wait so they don’t broadcast them live even in the UK?

    I was gonna say what the fuck for do I pay for BBC America

  78. Tero Heikkinen

    OK, in that case. Thanks, Paddy.

    I go away for a while and watch it from 9pm GMT onwards without knowing the winners beforehand.

  79. The J Viewer

    “Everyone is now seated inside the theatre, right? What will they do for the next two hours? oh, wait. Maybe they’re going to screen Argo again?”

    Or to praise and give Ben Affleck the Lifetime Achievement award prior to the show. . . . xD

  80. Bryce Forestieri

    So the show is on at 4:00 pm ET??? The fuck are they doing now?

    Is it on BBC America? My listing says 8:00 pm ET so that would not be live?….lol I don’t fucking know man

  81. Kk, this is for everybody:

    THE BAFTAS ARE NOT BEING BROADCASTED LIVE. THE CEREMONY IS CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE. YOU WON’T FIND A LIVE STREAM ANYWHERE.

  82. SKYFALL wins Best British Film!

  83. Whenever these awards events aren’t broadcast live I always like to imagine it’s because there’s stuff like this going on behind closed doors.

  84. Bryce Forestieri

    word!

  85. Skyfall wins British Film over Les Mis.

  86. Eoin Daly

    Once again Meryl could not show up with the weather keeping her in the states. I guess we must wait till the oscars to see the greatest actress handing it to the greatest actor.

  87. Bryce Forestieri

    Damn everyone realizing what a mistake was to nominate LES MIZ. Too late tho, fan girls and old ladies have already been validated

  88. 1 for 1, then. This sets up Les Miz nicely to get best overall film.

  89. Best Short Film goes to Lynne Ramsay’s Swimmer.

  90. Comment

  91. Eoin Daly

    best short animation is picked up by “The Making of Longbird”

  92. PaulH
    Agree – LES MIS is in with a strong chance for Best Film. Really pleased SKYFALL won Best British Film, BAFTA having largely ignored Bond over the last fifty years.

  93. And Short Animation to The Making of Longbird

  94. Bryce Forestieri

    Just finding out about Ramsay’s short

    Now I must see it…

  95. Jacqueline Durran deservedly (and predictably) wins Best Costume Design for Anna Karenina.

  96. Les Mis takes Make Up & Hair

  97. Eoin Daly

    Les Miz won makeup, take that Hobbit.

  98. Sally-in-Chicago

    OHNO! BAFTA opposite the Grammys?

  99. Brave wins Best Animated Film.

    Think I’ve correctly predicted everything thus far! Either I’m very good at predicting (and I’m not) or BAFTA are very predictable (and they are).

  100. Bryce Forestieri

    BRAVE?!? Ew

  101. Disappointed no win for Tim Burton and Frankenweenie. With the BAFTA and the Golden Globe wins, Brave looks a pretty safe bet for Best Animated Film at the Oscars.

  102. Les Mis also wins Best Sound. No major surprises so far!

  103. So far I’m right about every single category. But I’ve always had better luck with BAFTA. Anyway, my ‘wish’ for Phoenix will ruin me.

  104. Sally-n-Chicago

    I got a youtube site,http://www.youtube.com/user/Baftaonline
    looks like the red carpet?

  105. Another win for LES MIS….Sound.

  106. You knew it. Argo wins Best Editing.

  107. I think best British film is not voted by everyone. Hmm…not looking good for Les Miserables now unless it wins Best Film.

  108. These are coming pretty fast, it seems. Like passing out platoon mail.

  109. Why are people so shocked about Brave winning? I mean look at the cast:

    Kelly MacDonald
    Julie Walters
    Billy Connolly
    Emma Thompson
    Kevin McKidd
    Craig Ferguson
    Robbie Coltrane

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they were all members of BAFTA.

  110. @Bryce – The show has not been shown live in the US for several years now.

  111. Eoin Daly

    Claudio Miranda honored for best cinematography for “Life of Pi”

  112. Cinematography goes to Life of Pi

  113. Let’s hope for Roger Deakins!

  114. Come on, BAFTA? Where is the great cinematography in Life of Pi????

  115. Bryce Forestieri

    @Scotty

    Not surprised just disappointed

    Shiit these have been so predictable

    I hope Oscar isn’t this boring. Counting on it.

  116. Congratulations to Life of Pi for a very much deserved cinematography win.

    T.

  117. I know, Zooey! What an ugly film! So dull and unimaginatively shot.

  118. Deadline says that Sarah Jessica Parker is subbing for Meryl Streep as best actor presenter. The last time that I saw Meryl in public was November 2012. Odd. I am hoping she is okay!

  119. LIFE OF PI wins Cinematography. Disappointed for Roger Deakins, a BAFTA favourite – he’s won 3 in the past (last time for TRUE GRIT). I’d love to see him finally win the Oscar after 10 nominations (or is it 11 now?). But I doubt he will.

  120. Eoin Daly

    Best original music awarded to Thomas Newman for “Skyfall”

  121. I think Nemo stranded Meryl Streep in New York.

  122. http://www.filmon.com/#CBBC%2FBBC-Three
    you should try this one ;) hope it works!

  123. Thomas Newman wins Best Original Music for Skyfall. You know they loved it!

  124. It’s probably Meryl PLAYING SJP.

  125. @Zooey — Do you know what a cinematographer actually does? Life of Pi was much more than special effects.

  126. Skyfall for music! That’s an interesting choice! And aren’t they 5/5 with Oscar this year?

  127. First big surprise of the evening – SKYFALL winning Best Score. Something none of John Barry’s magnificent scores for the Bonds ever did.

  128. I think Thomas Newman is great but not a fan of Skyfall’s score so much. Feel bad for the other nominees.

  129. I have to admit. I rarely like the BAFTAs choice for best score.

  130. Uh oh…not looking good for Life of Pi’s chances to spoil if it lost Best Score early on. Unless, it was more about the overwhelming Skyfall love and not about lack of passion for Life of Pi…unless it’s both.

  131. Eoin Daly

    Best original screenplay awarded to Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained”

  132. Django for screenplay? Really? Django, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook are the films I just don’t like this year.

  133. Bryce Forestieri

    Finally goddamn it something commendable

    Stoked for DJANGO UNCHAINED and Tarantino!! <3

  134. sorry the link was actually working. I don’t know what happened.. it’s showing the red carpet again. Sorry

  135. Maybe it’s the only score that sound good through a hearing aid.

  136. Original Screenplay goes to Django

  137. Django has some life in it, yet. What does this mean for Amour though? If Riva doesn’t win Best Actress, I think that’s it for Amour’s chances at the Oscars.

  138. Scotty, I don’t think the winners here will affect screenplay. One year The Station Agent won for best original screenplay.

  139. Nine years ago, Daveylow. BAFTA barely mattered nine years ago. It matters now. Ballots were only sent out two days ago. They could be very influential this year.

  140. Daveylow,

    That’s really good taste on BAFTA’s part.

  141. Christoph Waltz! The Best Supporting Actor race only gets tighter and tighter…

  142. Waltz for Supporting Actor. With the Golden Globe and BAFTA, he seems cruising to the Oscar again. It was always between him and Alan Arkin.

  143. Bryce Forestieri

    I’m down with Waltz

  144. The wins for Waltz are always a big WTF because this role feels like Inglourious Basterds Vol. 2.

  145. Des Brown: Alan Arkin? LMAO, what???

  146. Bryce Forestieri

    Still predicting Tommy Lee Jones to win the Oscar…easily

  147. Bryce Forestieri

    Seems like Original Screenplay is between DJANGO UNCHAINED and AMOUR at the Oscars. Extremely happy about this :)

  148. Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer goes to Dimitri Doganism and Bart Layton, the producer and director (respectively) of The Imposter.

  149. This is going like the Globes! I expect Argo to win BP and BD with Chastain taking the Best Actress and DDL best actor.

  150. “The wins for Waltz are always a big WTF because this role feels like Inglourious Basterds Vol. 2.”

    Nah, I disagree Zooey. Waltz was terrific. But aren’t you the guy who criticized the cinematography in the year’s best photographed film THE LIFE OF PI?

    Apply for the presidency of Contrarians Anonymous.

  151. Dennis.
    Arkin is a much loved Hollywood insider and former winner. Whereas I think Waltz could well win the Oscar, Arkin is the dark horse and shoud not be discounted. He was twice as Best Actor nominee in the 60s and won in 2007 for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE.

  152. Bryce Forestieri

    Can we skip Best Supporting Actress? I really don’t care for more Hathaway this season. Amy Adams wipes the floor so bad with the other nominees this category feel like a joke.

  153. Apply for the presidency of Contrarians Anonymous.

    As the current president, I’m afraid such extremist views as Zooey’s are just too contrarian.

  154. Bryce Forestieri

    Here comes another for LIFE OF PI

  155. Life of Pi wins VFX. Good shit.

  156. The results until now shows that BAFTA is on the Guilds bandwagon as well! Just disappointing.

  157. @ Sam Juliano,

    if every time when somebody disagrees with the consensus they are called contrarians, then every time you agree with the consensus I have the right to call you a conformist. Yes, I disagree with both Life of Pi and Waltz. Waltz’s character has the same air as three years ago. Yes, he’s not the bad guy, but here he’s given mostly poor dialogue that feels like the leftovers from the previous film and I simply didn’t find him interesting. And he’s lead! I’m hoping for Tommy Lee Jones and to a lesser degree Hoffman.

    On Life of Pi – to me it looks fake, it looks like a post card most of the time. I prefer Roger Deakins’s work in Skyfall and I do prefer The Master!

  158. Bryce Forestieri

    Zooey, you nincompoop never learned to give proper head

  159. Nothing at all for LINCOLN so far. Any comments please.

  160. Bryce Forestieri

    Nothing at all for CLOUD ATLAS so far. Any comments please.

  161. Nothing at all for LINCOLN so far. Any comments please.

    Lincoln was nominated in only about 2 of the categories so far awarded.

    Lincoln was never a frontrunner to win Best Special Effects.

  162. Anne wins another one!

  163. As for Lincoln…let’s wait for Best Supporting Actress…haha.

    I’d love nothing more than for Ms. Field to win, but alas….

  164. yes, Cloud Atlas belongs to the razzies… not here…

  165. Anne Hathaway for supporting actress. Other than SKYFALL for Score, no surprises so far.

  166. I think Anne deserves all the awards she is winning, for all the scenes in Les Mis except for I dreamed a dream… but I count the phone call in Brokeback Mountain.

  167. LINCOLN was nominated in supporting actor, supporting actress, cinematography, music, costume, make-up & hair, so that’s 6.

  168. Bryce Forestieri

    “yes, Cloud Atlas belongs to the razzies… not here…”

    Just like that you give 3 ideas that prove you’re not an intellectual. Gosh.

  169. LES MIS is doing well so far: Supporting Actress, Sound, Make Up and Hair. Is it on course for Best Film?

  170. Maybe surprises will come in best film and best director?

    This show is moving along quickly. Wish the Oscars were this fast!

  171. Look, we knew Lincoln wasn’t going to do well tonight.

    In other news, apparently Eddie Redmayne has been struck down with food poisoning mid-show. #awkward

  172. Cloud Atlas will be vindicated by time, not by the rash opinions of critics or awards voters

  173. Yes, you know me so well Bryce, I’m not. But I’m also not a big fan of crazy wachowski brothers tv zapping at the movies…

  174. oh Brother… I’m bored of Anne Hathaway and her

    “I’m so grateful for this award because I’m so humbly talented and awesome” speeches. :(

    I bet DDL’s Oscar win that she has just delivered one more of those and that she’ll deliver it again on Oscar night when she’ll act surprised that she’s won.

  175. Silver Linings Playbook wins Adapted Screenplay

    WHAT. THE. FUCK.

  176. Anne Hathaway has now won SAG, BAFTA, GOLDEN GLOBE, CRITICS CHOICE, I might be wrong, but I think only one acting nominee lost the Oscar with that quartet under his belt…and unless Hathaway beats up a BAFTA producer in the next few hours, she probably won’t be the second.

  177. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  178. Bryce Forestieri

    Yo Redmayne in JUPITER ASCENDING. Cant wait for that.

    SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK lmao!!! Glad for the great David O. Russel.

  179. eww at SLP winning Best Adapted Screenplay

  180. Bryce Forestieri

    @phantom

    Who was that??

  181. now we have touched a new low… SLP wins, with all the good screenplays nominated… where they blindfolded voting? shame on Bafta.

  182. When do the real BAFTAs start?
    This farce version isn’t funny anymore.

  183. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK wins Adapted Screenplay. Do you know, I’d completely forgotten all about that film.

  184. Like, they hated SLP. Three nominations as opposed to Oscar’s eight. They’ve only voted for it because they know Oscar liked it. Fuck’s sake.

  185. WHAAT ? Eew…in my opinion the ONLY nominee that shouldn’t have been even in the top5, let alone win the whole thing. AND Bafta people didn’t even nominate SLP in Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, so I guess this means I (we?) might have underestimated Lawrence’s Bafta chances after all.

  186. As I said above, the screenplay awards at BAFTA do not always coincide with the Oscar or WGA wins. So here is big surprise.

  187. Harvey is doing very well today. SLP wins adapted!!

  188. I really hope this doesn’t mean JLaw is getting best actress

  189. I demand a recount for the SLP award.

  190. Bryce Forestieri

    @phantom

    If Lawrence wins tonight this is gonna be sooo boring again in this category.
    Please let Riva win!

  191. Like, what a fucking insult to the other nominees. The screenplay was the weakest thing about Silver Linings Playbook. The cast (some of them) rescued it to a small extent, but David O. Russell ought not to be winning any major awards for his shoddy work on that film.

  192. Harvey said on the red carpet that the BAFTAs were second in importance to the Oscars. Now we see how he gets voters to watch his films!

  193. Shocked at SLP winning adapted screenplay. I guessed it’d be like fourth. I’m also pretty surprised Christoph Waltz won. Game. Set. Match. Anne Hathaway has the Oscar, despite my hope that Sally would pull an upset.

  194. I have respect for BAFTA but their both screenplay choices are just awful.

  195. Btw, Tessa Ross takes the Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema award. One of the most deserved of the night so far.

  196. I keep trying to RT Paddy’s comment but can’t find the button.

  197. Not J-Law, now, please…….!

  198. Agree with Ryan, they tape the farce version for fun and then the real Bafta starts

  199. Bryce Forestieri

    Russel Crowe in the 2001/2002 season when he was supposed to make Oscar history and become only the third actor after Spencer Tracy and Tom Hanks to win Best Actor in consecutive years, but after a perfect sweep season he had to mess it up when he roughed up a Bafta producer for cutting the poem he performed during his acceptance speech, so the Academy opted for Denzel Washington, even though Crowe’s film (A Beautiful Mind) was their big fave that year, they gave it Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress.

  200. Haha! SLP WINS!

  201. I hope SLP winning screenplay means they couldn’t find any category to reward the film ’cause they voted for Riva in the best actress category

  202. I loathed SLP, but I can’t bring myself to hate the win just because it’s nice to see Argo lose (a movie I preferred to SLP a great deal). I can’t believe I let the awards season sour me this way.

  203. ^
    I fear you might be giving the BAFTA voters a little too much credit for their thought processes.

  204. This is probably what y’all need, actually. Too many Americans harbour the opinion that we Brits are more refined in our tastes than you guys. BAFTA are, year by year, proving that opinion quite wrooong.

  205. I thought the Brits were more literate and word savvy that Americans so their screenplay choices are particularly disturbing. Argo, Life of Pi and Lincoln were all more deserving.

  206. Bryce Forestieri

    @phantom

    Nice

  207. Bryce Forestieri

    If Lawrence pulls off Bafta, the Best Actress race is, without doubt, OVER. I had been thinking for a while that it will go to the most viable European choice, Riva, maybe Chastain because they loved Zero Dark Thirty, but I wouldn’t have guessed that they would give Russell screenplay, especially because they didn’t seem to be into SLP (no BP/BD) and ALL other nominees were so damn strong. But now that it won that, it can obviously win Best Actress in a walk.

  208. Danny Boyle presents the OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH CINEMA award to Tessa Ross of Film 4. Now, Boyle’s Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was the outstanding British film of 2012. He really should be honoured tonight.

  209. Too many Americans harbour the opinion that we Brits are more refined in our tastes than you guys.

    cause y’all talk so good

  210. Amour wins Fozza Lang. Duh.

  211. AMOUR! :D

  212. It is quite clear they are trying to emulate the Oscars like other shows are doing. This not quite good for their future.

  213. …and here I was thinking that BAFTA voters can’t piss me off with one of their Screenplay-picks more than they did last year (Best ORIGINAL (!) Screenplay – The Artist).

  214. Max DaVinci

    So, does this mean Argo is not winning Best Picture (BAFTAs)? I’m confused now. I was not expecting SLP to win at all.

  215. Sammy, this is making their future. Since they started trying to forecast the Academy, they’ve become much more influential.

  216. SLP is no Damsels in Distress, the far superior goofy dance-themed film this year

  217. Juno Temple is the Rising Star recipient.

  218. ^
    aka, Most Fuckable?

    (nope, j/k, if that were so then Suraj Sharma woulda won)

  219. ^

    I’d fuck every one of them.

  220. Bryce Forestieri

    I really enjoyed the first 50-60% of DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, after that it became an unbearable borefest

  221. Juno Temple, rising star award. Check out her dad’s documentary LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON. Easily the Best Documentary of 2012.

  222. Bryce Forestieri

    Glad for Juno Temple. really like her since KABOOM a not so good movie.

  223. Such a weird race this year.. who can seriously predict any oscar anymore? (with the exception of Hathaway)

  224. Antoinette

    Just got home. Excited to hear about the DJANGO UNCHAINED and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK wins.

  225. Bryce Forestieri

    Henry Cavill how can someone be so perfect?

  226. Searching for Sugar Man takes Best Documentary

  227. great for Sugar Man

  228. Wouldn’t it be funny if Affleck won BA?
    I kind of hope they completely shut out Lincoln – just because they suck.

  229. Bryce Forestieri

    At this point what a delicious sight would be Hathaway’s face if they called someone else’s name come Oscar night. Some heavy facial constriction job she would have to do!

  230. That’d be hilarious, Bryce!

  231. So AMOUR stops the ARGO juggernaut today the BAFTAS.

    Very heartening I must say, though a win at the Oscars for the Haneke film in the top category remains a long-shot even with a few other awards for the film well within the realm of possibility.

  232. Bryce Forestieri

    Ha yes glorious

  233. How ridiculous. Les Mis beats Anna Karenina to the Production Design award.

  234. Antoinette

    I’m really glad Stephen Fry hosts again. I didn’t like the Jonathan Ross years.

  235. Bryce Forestieri

    the LES MIZ wankfest continues

  236. Production Design to Les Mis. That’s 4 now. Looking good for Best Picture. Nothing for Lincoln.

  237. Maybe I have this figured wrong here.

  238. Bryce,
    That would be priceless!

  239. The love for LES MIZ for me is no wankfest but rather a glorious development. Ha!

  240. Variety ‏@Variety

    BAFTA: “Les Miserables” takes home its 4th award of the night, for best production design

    —-

    Could it actually go all the way ? If Jackman wins, then THAT will be a real clue, a few techies and Hathaway were a given.

  241. Bryce Forestieri

    Yesss Gandalf!! no, I mean Magneto!!!

  242. Bryce Forestieri

    If Jackman were to win they better dismantle this whole goddamn operation.

  243. Yup, BAffers wins the BAFTArse for Best Director

  244. And Affleck wins yet another Director award….

  245. Antoinette

    I keep forgetting that MIB3 exists.

    Life of Pee XD

  246. Ben Affleck!

  247. Affleck wins for ARGO. This is the last major movie award before the Oscars and we’re still none the wiser who’ll win Best Director. I’ve never known a situation like this before.

  248. Juno Temple could be a good Harley Quinn if they ever go that route.

  249. alan of montreal

    This is probably going to get lost in the flurry of postings, but I’ve always been puzzled by the BAFTAs. This is going to sound nationalist (which is weird because I’m not even British), but logically I would have thought that, like most other “national” film awards, that the Brits would privilege their films first and then non-British films afterwards. Thus, instead of their being “Best British” categories, that there would simply be “Best” categories that would naturally be comprised of British productions, and a separate “Foreign categories” for non-British films (though Canada doesn’t have the latter–we just have “Best” categories for Canadian productions (or co-productions). It’s not really a complaint–I just find it odd. It’s like going to China and eating in a Chinese restaurant (happy new year, by the way). There it wouldn’t be called a Chinese restaurant, though; it would just be a plain old restaurant.

  250. Antoinette

    Uhhh… who is the gold chick ruining the INXS song? *barfs*

    Poor Michael. *cries*

  251. Seriously, is Clooney fucking everybody?
    This is absurd for ANY film to sweep like this, let alone something like Argo. And this is not just about Lincoln fans wanting it to win, but Lee, Bigelow etc….
    Incredible.

  252. Not that art direction in Les Miz was bad, but c’mon Anna Karenina’s is genious

  253. You guys could stop watching/reading the results.

  254. Antoinette

    Aw, I was hoping QT would magically take Best Director somehow.

  255. Best Film is a close call between LES MIS ans ARGO.

  256. I really wanted Michael Haneke or Ang Lee to take Best Director. Oh well, there’s always the Oscars since we KNOW Affleck won’t win there.

  257. Bryce Forestieri

    Now, officially my only consolation: Ben Affleck will NOT win the ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR and the country better for it!!

  258. Riva FTW!!! Yes!!!

  259. Wow, Riva won. Does this mean BA Oscar up in the air?

  260. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

  261. EMMANUELLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I take back what I wrote earlier, BAFTA, I love you.

  262. …and I’m fairly certain Ben Affleck is the first ever awards contender who won the GUILD, BAFTA, GOLDEN GLOBE, CRITICS CHOICE quartet and failed to receive an Oscar nomination. I know it is highly unlikely, but at this point I am actually considering the tiny possibility that Clooney and co. might just be powerful enough to pull off some kind of a write-in surprise…it’s not like the Academy wouldn’t have anything to gain, imagine the press and ratings for a historic moment like that.

  263. I hope Bigelow, Lee and Spielberg have dinner together and whine. Really, an insult to these filmmakers.

  264. Robert A.

    Riva!

    So happy!

    This almost makes up for the SLP win in adapted screenplay…

  265. Damn it! RIVA!!!

  266. Max DaVinci

    HOLY SHIT RIVA :O I’m happy about that.

  267. Antoinette

    Ohhh…. those girls went all the way to England for nothing. Not to mention Marion freezing her butt in the sleet. Ohhhh…..

  268. Antoinette

    Affleck and Cooper. I swear to God I love the British. :D lol

  269. Seriously, how awkward is the Best Director category gonna be at the Oscars? I mean I think Spielberg might be the slight favorite but it’s too much of a toss up to go all in for any one of them.

    Still, Argo for best picture Oscar. That’s pretty much sealed.

  270. Emmanuelle Riva for Best Actress. I remember 5 years ago watching the BAFTAs and – totally unexpected – Tilda Swinton winning Best Supporting Actress for MICHAEL CLAYTON. Cate Blanchett had been the odds on favourite for that award, but the BAFTA lead to the Oscar for Swinton. Is the same about to happen for Riva?

  271. You know Harvey is going to run more ads for Jennifer Lawrence now that Riva has won. Expect to see them nonstop for the next few weeks everywhere.

  272. Riva winning is kind of shocking to me. Now I’m just hoping Joaquin Phoenix will upset Daniel Day Lewis. (Wishful thinking.)

  273. The Argo thing is so old. Sweeping everything like it was Titanic, except moreso? A great movie year with several great AMPAS-friendly films, and Argo is how this year will be remembered? SMH.

  274. filmboymiYchael

    things just got VERY interesting!

  275. Day-Lewis won, as if anyone else had a shot. Come on people.

  276. With Lincoln having little Brit support, can Ang Lee win best director at the Oscars now? Pretty please.

  277. Antoinette

    Wow. The results are coming in fast. Are they just throwing the awards at them now? lol

  278. Does this mean Chastain is out of the race?

  279. Riva’s win is really a great result, and the correct one.

    Affleck’s as Best Director is not.

  280. GREAT, Emmanuelle Riva did pull it off ! Best Actress is down to her and Lawrence…and even though latter clearly has the edge on paper, I think people should start taking into consideration the insanely POWERFUL Oscar narrative Riva has…beloved and acclaimed European acting legend receiving her first Oscar nomination at age 85 and then win on her 86th birthday ? That will be a ‘story’ hard to ignore…

    Having said that, I still think Chastain is a very solid third and wouldn’t be shocked to see her go all the way.

  281. So so glad for Riva. But still will not happen at the Oscars.

    @phantom what do you mean by “Clooney and co. might just be powerful enough to pull off some kind of a write-in surprise”??

  282. I think I’ll be predicting a win at Oscar for Emmanuelle Riva from hereon.

  283. Dear Emmanuelle Riva,

    Thanks for playing. Your run ends here.

    Sincerely,
    Jennifer Lawrence

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A23snMkbgfZ1I&sns=to

  284. So Riva wins Best Actress huh? Well, she’s now my pick for the Oscar. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I just can’t imagine the Oscars awarding the BA award to someone as young as Jennifer. They aren’t as gaga over young actresses as people think they are.

  285. what with Ben Affleck winning everything since the Oscar nominations were announced, this is pretty much the first time a film will win Best Picture based on a ‘snub backlash’?

    How silly.

  286. Bryce Forestieri

    I mean even if you like LINCOLN, LIFE OF PI or even god forbid SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK better than ARGO. After a private audience with writer-producer-director-movie-star Ben Affleck and writer-producer-director-movie-star George Clooney (they are having these with almost every single member of this voting bodies, they have admitted it and it’s been widely reported) and they shake your hand and rub your shoulder with the other, smile and say to your face “can we count on your support?”, then you say to yourself feeling good about life “fuck LINCOLN, I’m voting for these guys!”

  287. Max DaVinci

    Really sad Jessica Chastain was front-runner a couple months ago and now she’s third place. I wish she’d win by now. She’s been giving amazing performances since last year. She was robbed for The Help and now she’s being robbed for 0D30.

  288. Even though Riva won BAFTA, I’ll honestly be shocked if she wins the Oscar. Chances are she won’t even show up to the ceremony, nor is she campaigning. Does she deserve it? Yes, but name the last time Oscar went for the old geezer over the young starlet.

  289. Antoinette

    It is entirely possible that people just like ARGO.

    Eddie Redmayne is backstage barfing. I don’t think that’s the kind of shenanigans Ryan was looking for.

  290. Riva was the right choice. She makes Jennifer Lawrence look like she was performing in a high school musical.

  291. Michele Innocenti

    Since her nomination I’ve thought of Riva as THE big surprise of the night…
    Now, if Lincoln is off the race, perhaps she, and best foreign language film, will lead Haneke to an even bigger surprise in directing…
    I think the last word on the race in on the WGA…if argo wins there it’s over, and history written. if kushner somehow takes it…maybe there’s still some chance for Lincoln…

  292. I knew it would be Riva or Chastain, with Lawrence being a serious threat. I cannot argue with Riva, although I slightly preferred Chastain. Best Actress is definitely going to be a nail biter. I still think it is a three woman race. Sorry to see ZD30 is not going to win anything at BAFTA, though.

  293. Aaaaaaaaaaaand it’s Best Film for Argo.

    Zero Dark Thirty goes home empty-handed. Lincoln wins just one. Les Miserables wins four. Silver Linings Playbook wins Best Adapted Screenplay.

    But Emmanuelle Riva wins Best Actress. I can’t complain!

  294. Bryce Forestieri

    I’m so static about Emmanuelle Riva and Daniel Day-Lewis hands down the two best performances of the year. My day has been made.

  295. And here’s your Oscar…excuse me, BAFTA,… best picture winner.

    Can we just write Argo’s name on the BP trophy now?

  296. So, no Best Film for LES MIS. It’s ARGO. Expect the same awards on Oscars night- other than Best Director (who knows who’ll win).

  297. Riva and DDL winning somewhat makes things better, but by not much. Argo…Argo, I mean seriously…. ARGO?

  298. Emmanuelle Riva could play Harley Quinn if they ever go that route.

  299. Jennifer Lawrence will win the Oscar. I predicted Riva could win the Bafta above.
    But Riva winning best actress at the Bafta summarizes why Hollywood awards have been irrelevant. The Hollywood awards system is the only one that actively tries to suppress new stars. All things being equal Lawrence should win on the merits. But then the intangibles come in: Riva has had a long career, Riva is 85, Lawrence is 22, she can win one next year, etc.
    People were paying attention to the Bafta because of Lawrence. Hollywood can either start using awards to build culturally relevant stars or be too stupid to care.

  300. BAFTAs take care of their own. Absolutely no surprise with Riva. They think they’re going to influence the Oscar voting, but they don’t realize Riva is Twice a Prince to Lawrence’s Secretariat in the ’73 Belmont.

  301. Antoinette

    After a private audience with writer-producer-director-movie-star Ben Affleck and writer-producer-director-movie-star George Clooney (they are having these with almost every single member of this voting bodies, they have admitted it and it’s been widely reported) and they shake your hand and rub your shoulder with the other, smile and say to your face “can we count on your support?”, then you say to yourself

    “I’m a weak individual who can be bought and sold. My parents raised a piece of shit. Thank God for hookers, or no one would ever touch me.”

    Something like that.

  302. Film Fatale

    Max-

    Totally agree. I loved Riva so no need for me to take away from her win, but can’t believe what has happened to Chastain and Zero Dark Thirty.

  303. And Argo takes it. As an Argo fan coming into the awards season, I’m actually sick of seeing it win. It is a good movie, but I truly think it is winning because Ben Affleck was snubbed. That isn’t a good reason for film to sweep. I’m curious to see what happens at the WGA next week. I’m also anticipating Oscar night to see who will get Leading Actress and Supporting Actor. I really think it is up in the air for both categories.

  304. The final award of the night will be the Academy Fellowship, which will be presented to Alan Parker. And that’ll be it.

  305. Film Fatale

    Winston-

    “All things being equal” between Riva and … Lawrence???

    OMG, can’t even touch that one.

  306. One more reason Riva could win : if she does, she will receive the Oscar from the FIRST French Actor who won Best Actor and it will be a ‘story’ just like (arguably) the greatest living actor (Day-Lewis) receiving his third Oscar from the greatest living actress (Streep) who also has 3.

    PaulH

    Grow the fuck up !

    Alice

    On paper there IS a way to vote for someone who wasn’t nominated, but it is very messy, problematic and virtually impossible to pull off…but after seeing what these guys pulled off in the last few weeks, I wouldn’t put it past them.

  307. Headline:
    Les Miserables tops BAFTAs with 4 awards. Argo trails with 3.

  308. I don’t know a single person who thinks Argo was even close to the best film of the year. But I guess someone must.

    Instead of “Awards Daily” let’s just call this site Daily Awards Catastrophe. (except for Riva and DDL).

  309. things got more interesting

    It’s now between Jennifer Lawrence and Emanuelle Riva. Lawrence won both a Golden Globe and SAG and now Riva won a BAFTA. It’s war!

  310. Bryce Forestieri

    Predictions as of now for Oscar:

    LINCOLN, Spielberg, Day-Lewis, Riva, Hathaway, Jones, Haneke, Kushner, Miranda, Goldenberg, Williams, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, FRANKENWEENIE, AMOUR

  311. Chastain has been hurt by negativity surrounding her movie (negativity that is not justified at all), and she seems to be suffering like everyone else associated with ZD30. I consider her to be the next Meryl Streep. She’ll be back for more awards.

  312. Antoinette

    So this race has been over. lol

    Damn.

  313. Apart from Riva and DDL wins, they have made mostly awful choices. I hope Oscars would be better.

  314. Weinstein/Winston,

    “Jennifer Lawrence will win the Oscar. I predicted Riva could win the Bafta above.
    But Riva winning best actress at the Bafta summarizes why Hollywood awards have been irrelevant. The Hollywood awards system is the only one that actively tries to suppress new stars. All things being equal Lawrence should win on the merits. But then the intangibles come in: Riva has had a long career, Riva is 85, Lawrence is 22, she can win one next year, etc.
    People were paying attention to the Bafta because of Lawrence. Hollywood can either start using awards to build culturally relevant stars or be too stupid to care.”

    Is that why Riva won the National Honor Society of Film Critics? Because they’re suppressing a young talent like Jennifer Lawrence for reasons other than merit?

    I also like that you argue that if it was based on merit alone, than Lawrence would win, then you get into the reason why Lawrence should win at the Oscars in order to foster young talent and cultural relevancy. People have been paying attention to BAFTA before Lawrence and will continue to do so without Lawrence.

    I know you’re a big fan of hers, but you need to show a little more objectivity here.

  315. @Bryce–Lincoln is not getting Best Picture and Spielberg will be lucky to win Best Director.

  316. Film Fatale-They are not equal. Lawrence has two Oscar noms by 22 and Riva has one at age 85, and people actually know who Lawrence is. Not much of a comparison.
    Look if people are satisfied with Hollywood awards being the province of sophisticates by all means.

  317. It will be nearly impossible to make a case against ARGO winning the Best Picture trophy on February 24th now, especially as the AMPAS British contingent seems to be ARGO crazy now as well.

    Nice to see that LES MISERABLES with 4 was the night’s biggest winner in total awards.

    And of course that Day-Lewis, Riva and Hathaway deservedly won.

  318. The fact that Lincoln, ZD30 and Pi have all been shut out….it does give me consolation because those are the three films I believe are epic in a year of good films. I mean, it says something that the most daring films have been overshadowed by the conventional juggernaut….
    All three are in good company.

  319. The race is now between Emanuelle Riva and Jennifer Lawrence. This awards season has been so unpredictable.

  320. Sorry haters, but QUEEN HATHAWAY will continue her reign at the Oscars! So, if you guys don’t like her speeches either change the channel or put her on mute! So excited for her. Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus could only dream of having a career the way Hathaway has set up for herself coming from a wholesome Disney image.

  321. Note to Ang Lee: Make sure you get Ben Affleck to start saying how much he admires you as a director for the next few weeks.

  322. I’m really happy for Emmanuelle Riva, but sad for Jessica Chastain. I think that she gave the best nominated performance this year, and wanted to see her win one last prize (IMO, ZD30’s Oscar chances were totally destroyed by the slaughter campaign).

    Grateful that Jennifer Lawrence didn’t win. A performance like that does not deserve to sweep.

  323. I still have the feeling that Jennifer Lawrence is going to win the Oscar with Riva being a threat to win.

  324. Bryce Forestieri

    Also I think this helps with all those members who adored Lawrence SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (emotional voter) or Chastain in ZERO DARK THIRTY (cerebral voter, lol) but never got to see AMOUR. Now they might finally give in to see it and in the heat of the moment switch their vote from either of those two to Riva as AMOUR appeals to both hypothetical demos.

  325. @jorge

    how are you ? :)

  326. Antoinette

    Okay so Lynne just revealed her age.

  327. I’m kind of surprised Skyfall got the British film award. But isn’t that the one that is not voted by the entire voting block?

  328. Bryce Forestieri

    “Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus could only dream of having a career the way Hathaway has set up for herself coming from a wholesome Disney image.”

    That’s hilarious LOL

    Please comment more

  329. Winston

    “They are not equal. Lawrence has two Oscar noms by 22 and Riva has one at age 85, and people actually know who Lawrence is. Not much of a comparison.”

    WOOOW…just…WOOOW. So I guess that means Oscar winners Tom Hooper and Michel Hazanavicius are better directors than Alfred Hitchcock who NEVER won, because clearly what the Academy says is simply the truth…

  330. Maybe I’m over-thinking Best British film, but what does it mean? Best film that happened to be British or Best Film that is the most British? If it’s the latter (and IMO the former), then I can why it’d be a no-brainer for Skyfall to win. Bond is such a British legacy. So much so that Daniel Craig was featured in the London Opening Ceremonies.

  331. Basically, the Riva vs. Lawrence Oscar race will come down to dirty old men deciding to reward their wives or their mistresses. In this case, I think the wives will have it.

  332. Bottom line is that Hollywood can either use its awards to build stars or use them as career appreciation awards. It’s simple: Give the Oscar to Lawrence and you have officially gotten behind potentially the biggest female star in decades. Give it to Riva and you get the answer to a trivia question that no one cares about while simultaneously alienating millions of young fans. Tough choice.
    Actually putting it along such stark lines, that gives Riva a hell of a chance because I think Hollywood is comfortable with second rate celebrity status.

  333. “On paper there IS a way to vote for someone who wasn’t nominated, but it is very messy, problematic and virtually impossible to pull off…but after seeing what these guys pulled off in the last few weeks, I wouldn’t put it past them.”

    @phantom I had no idea this could happen! but yeah that would be messy.. Did it happen before?

  334. Argo, DDL, and Hathaway are set in stone and anyone who argues otherwise is just delusional.

    I still feel Lawrence will win, but Riva is coming up fast, especially with the BAFTA win. Full disclosure: I have seen Lawrence’s performance and not Riva’s (I’m seeing Amour next week), I just don’t see the Oscars giving it to two French actors in a row.

    For a long time in the 70s and 80s (and even a bit into the 90s), the Oscars were seen as the “Career Achievement Awards” where an elderly actor/actress gave a performance that was awarded simply because they were old and may never be there again (a good example is Don Ameche in Cocoon). The performance wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but other deserving actors and actresses lost because the Oscars wanted to give it to the old person.

    Also, I think it a joke what has happened to Zero Dark Thirty and Jessica Chastain. She was fabulous in that role and she has lost all momentum from her deserved-Globe win. Huge shame.

  335. By Winstons logic, the only one who could win is Wallis. So young and already a nomination. Blows the aged Lawrence away.

  336. All I want to know is: Who did Helen Mirren vote for?

  337. Suck it Winston haha

  338. Antoinette, I have no problem revealing my age lol… I’m 23! I’m probably one of the youngest awards watcher here.

  339. Oh Max, don’t even get me started on how hosed Chastain has been this season. Because of that stupid “IT CONDONES TORTURE!” smear campaign and people bitching because a female lead character is about her job and Bigelow didn’t give some unneeded personal drama that has nothing to do with the main story to soften her up, a fine actress will not be getting more awards than she has.

    This is why I’ll never bitch out Sasha for getting mad at this award show season. I know exactly how she feels.

  340. Hahaha Jake, but I think it may be somewhat true for some.

    To go really far off in that line of thinking, that’s why Chastain hasn’t won because she’s “not the girl that fucks.” She’s the one who forced the old men into retirement and to them represents gender affirmative action of this too PC of a world. They liked it when “women were women” and knew their place.

    Maybe the above is all BS, but I wouldn’t put it past some members and their petty reasons why they vote the way they do.

  341. Winston

    Or MAYBE give it to the one who THEY considered the best and don’t give a flying FUCK about star status which let’s face it, should be completely irrelevant when voting for a professional award. It’s not the People’s Choice Awards, even if sometimes it does feel like it. Basically your argument is that Lawrence should win or her fans will be mad at the Academy…

  342. @winston I have admired Lawrence since Winter’s bone and wouldn’t mind if she wins the Oscar.. but seriously man! are you on her PR team or something?

  343. @phantom

    I’m pretty sure I’ve read somewhere that write-in votes used to be possible but today they would require a change of rules by the Academy, what hasn’t happened.

  344. Lol… Daveylow: agree with your statement

  345. Antoinettte

    @Lynne I never thought I’d read the name ‘Demi Lovato’ here. :)

  346. Winston,

    Why SHOULD the Academy care about celebrity status in the first place? I mean they actually do care, but why do you think that should be the determining factor in rewarding a film PERFORMANCE?

    Also, let’s wait and see where Lawrence is at in 7-10 years before we say she’s the biggest movie star in the last few generations. Anne Hathaway also stared in big Hollywood franchises too, but I don’t see you saying how wonderful it is that Hollywood is rewarding her and fostering her brand.

  347. @Lynne,

    I’ve got you beat at 21. I’ve been coming to this site since I was 18, and I got turned onto by Gold Derby, which I’ve been reading since it was The Envelope. I think there are lots of young people here.

  348. AMPAS is simply not going to award best actress to a movie that makes The Hurt Locker’s boxoffice look like Gone With the Wind, adjusted for inflation. Why not just appreciate today for what it is; Riva gets the BAFTA and that’s that. It will have no bearing on the outcome of the Oscar race. Maybe if Lawrence lost SAG it would truly be a toss-up. But far too many of you are discarding just how important that SAG win was. They CHOSE NOT TO NOMINATE RIVA.. Isn’t that a damning sign of just how averse they are to Amour’s subject matter, a 2-hour plus death scene?

  349. Alice

    Scott Feinberg wrote an article about it a few weeks ago, the important part is this :

    There is a precedent: When Bette Davis failed to land a nomination as best actress for Of Human Bondage (1934), the outcry led to a write-in. (In the final tally, at a time when the Academy made the votes public, she finished third.) The following year, cinematographer Hal Mohr became the first and only person to win an Oscar via write-ins when he was honored for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935).

    Write-in voting has been banned almost ever since; it would require not only a signoff by the Academy’s board of governors, but also a major revamping of the already troubled online voting system that the Academy is encouraging members to use.

  350. Antoinette

    I never realized how bad “I Dreamed a Dream” sounded but since I’m watching this on the computer I’ve got my headphones on. Wow. Really Tom Hooper, that was a bad choice, the cry/singing.

    It actually didn’t sound that bad in the theater.

  351. @Paul H.

    Yeah, they were so adverse to “Amour”. Adverse enough to give if nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay, aside from the expected Best Foreign Film.

  352. @Phantom thank you so much for that piece of information. I really had no idea about that happening before. Good to know.

  353. Have the Oscars ever given an award like Best Actress to someone relatively unknown like Riva before?

    Marion had been around for a while (was in Big Fish).

    I still say Jen wins the Oscar. They clearly love the film more than the BAFTA’s did and
    more than Amour with Its acting nods and editing.

  354. PaulH

    Nobody is saying that a SAG victory doesn’t catapult ANY contender into Oscar frontrunner status, but you are obviously underestimating the power of a BAFTA win : in the last 10 years the 4 times the SAG winner didn’t win Best Actress, the Bafta winner DID. Clearly that stat still gives the edge to Lawrence, but not by the large margin you would like.

  355. Bryce Forestieri

    Just to clarify: I think the voters who might actually change their mind and go for Riva instead of Lawrence are all women or gay men. Not a single of those senile sods will switch to Riva. She really does look more fuckable than EVER in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. I mean, even I couldn’t stop looking at those tits.

  356. @Alice-No. I’ve have just always been fascinated by how Hollywood cannot figure out how its awards should be used. Hollywood is too institutionally stupid to use its awards system. The Grammys in comparison have figured it out.
    Let’s see. You can give the award to Chastain without shame. Wouldn’t have bothered me. She’s relevant and well known and has recently opened films. Or Lawrence. Even Watts to a lesser degree. But instead lets give it to an 85 year old who was barely remembered in France. Or to an eight year old. Why not?
    Major acting awards should be a combination of merit and timelessness and relevance. Hollywood will never get that straight.

  357. You’re welcome, Alice, but as I said, it is just a very vague theory, virtually impossible to execute, I only brought it up because after the Oscar-snub, I would have described Affleck winning DGA, BAFTA, GOLDEN GLOBE, CRITICS CHOICE the same : virtually impossible.

  358. A bit inaccurate to call Riva “relatively unknown.” “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and the “Three Colors” trilogy are known to most film fans with a passing interest in international cinema. She may not be a star, but it’s not as if she’s emerged from nowhere a la Wallis.

  359. Bryce Forestieri

    Jut had to plagiarize phantom’s post:

    “Nobody is saying that a SAG victory doesn’t catapult ANY contender into Oscar frontrunner status, but you are obviously underestimating the power of a BAFTA win : in the last 10 years the 4 times the SAG winner didn’t win Best Actress, the Bafta winner DID. Clearly that stat still gives the edge to Lawrence, but not by the large margin you would like.”

    Fucking well said…That’s what 40% of the time? I’ll take those chances plus the academy’s slightly more high minded nature for the best performance of the year.

  360. The Grammys are crap.

  361. As much as I liked Lawrence’s performance (and maybe I’ll like Riva’s better when I see Amour next week), I don’t think anyone can say with certainty that SAG automatically=Oscar win. After all, Viola Davis won SAG last year and lost to Streep at the Oscars.

    I’m still – tentatively – predicting a Lawrence win at the Oscars.

  362. @Phantom-Since when have acting awards been based strictly on who had the best performance? That said, I think Lawrence had the best performance. So did quite a few critics groups. The LA film critics had them tied. Point is that unless you have a DDL lapping the field, if all things are equal you then have to look at the bigger picture. Hollywood doesn’t have the brains to do that.

  363. ARGO

    BAFTA WINNER:

    PICTURE
    DIRECTOR: BEN AFFLECK
    EDITING

    But Adapted Screenplay for SLP?
    What the fuck???!!!!

  364. I think if he wins BD in two weeks today ( i am still hopeful) Speilberg should thank Academy for not nominating Affleck. It seems that he lost to him in every major award so far. And after Bafta’s i am having hard time with buying that Affleck gets votes only because of sympathy. Baftas had no reason to feel sorry for him ( they even nominated him for best actor) and still gave him BD award and Argo BP. So maybe if he’d got BD nomination at the Oscars he could have won it as well…

  365. Bryce Forestieri

    Someone thinks that Lawrence wining is some sort of recognition for THE HUNGER GAMES. That person is commenting from an Institution. I thought they didn’t allow access to internet in such places.

  366. Fabinho, are you on the publicity payroll for ARGO???

    Just kidding of course. You are definitely the film’s most passionate supporter and promoter on these boards, and for that I do applaud you even if the film is not my own rooting interest as solid as it is.

  367. Winston

    “Major acting awards should be a combination of merit and timelessness and relevance.”

    And your argument is that Emmanuelle Riva who was nominated for a Best Actress BAFTA in 1962 for the timeless classic that is “Hiroshima mon amour”, won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for playing the iconic title role in “Thérèse Desqueyroux” and is the Bafta winning / Oscar nominated lead of a BP/BD contender 53 years after her acting debut, doesn’t have the “merit and timelessness and relevance”, but the lovely and talented Jennifer Lawrence who has been around for 2 years, DOES ? Now THAT is just beyond RIDICULOUS.

  368. It is still early to make the final call but Jessica Chastain really needed this win to stay in the game…again anything is possible but i think now it is between J.Lawrence and E. Riva. As SLP is literally everywhere, still a top 5 movie, making now more than 90 millions at the box office and heavy publicity machine, J.Lawrence seems to have an edge.
    Jessica Chastain just finished her Broadway run last night so if she hits the talk shows/ publicity game she may get some more attention. The problem is i thik wherever she gets people talk more about the torture controversy than her performance.

  369. Bryce Forestieri

    Damn people already feeling threatened by Riva’s win tonight. Hilarious.

  370. Winston

    And is it so impossible to understand that the ‘bigger picture’ could mean that they will award an acclaimed veteran who has NEVER been nominated before and probably won’t be EVER again ? Why does it have to be ‘Lawrence is such a big movie star, you guys, she SO needs an Oscar because omigod, she is just so hot right now’ ? Do you know what would change for Lawrence if she became ‘Academy Award Winner Jennifer Lawrence’ instead of ‘Two Time Academy Award Nominee Jennifer Lawrence’ ? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Well, maybe one thing : if she wins now, chances are that when she will be REALLY the best giving THE performance of her career, one that is actually a lead and a memorable female role, she won’t win, because the Academy had already given her one by that time. And make no mistake, I count on her delivering that performance and several other great ones, definitely better ones than Tiffany…and that just proves that I think of her very highly. If I thought ‘Tiffany’ is the best she can come up with for the rest of her life, my opinion of her would be VERY bad.

  371. Now open: the Emmannuelle Riva Special Kool-Aid Kiosk. Many are approaching it, many who should know a bit better. Imbibe at your own peril :)

  372. @Phantom-That was a typo. Should have been “timeliness.” And yes the fact that Riva has had a very long, distinguished career is a factor, one of those blessed “intangibles.” I’m just pointing out one that’s significantly more important.

  373. Antoinette

    @PaulH

    That’s how it’s been all season. Every time something or someone wins, they’re the new frontrunner for most people it seems. Not a lot of people sticking to their guns. So many bandwagons.

  374. The Academy Fellowship did not go to Kevin Spacey. It went to Alan Parker.

  375. @Paul H — SAG didn’t nominate Riva because a lot of the members probably hadn’t viewed the film. I’ll bet most of the Academy will watch all five nominated performances for Best Actress because they know it’s such a close race.

  376. Antoinette

    Oh it’s about second acts.

    And apparently the Affleck children go to bed at lunchtime. XD

  377. Riva VS. Lawrence for Best Actress save for a surprise produce by math there….and not out of the question. Otherwise, it’s so over. There might be a surprise in terms of technical awards…YAWN. Oh yeah, the Best Supporting Male Actor race is still a complete coin toss…. Note to self: see Amour this coming weekend, dangit, and complete circle of BP Oscar nominee tour.

    So what’s on tap for this coming awards season culminating in the 2014 Oscars next winter? Yeah, THAT’S how over this is.

  378. @Phantom-There should always be a bigger picture. Again if someone laps the field then so be it. But if not then some sense of timeliness and relevance needs to be included. Did Portman have the hands down best performance for Black Swan? But she was a damn good choice. If Lawrence or Chastain wins at least I won’t get the overwhelming impression that Hollywood shot itself in the foot. Yet again.

  379. Bryce Forestieri

    Is it safe to assume the film that most AMPAS members haven’t seen yet is AMOUR despite the Best Picture/Best Director nominations?

  380. Antoinette

    Did you guys see the reactions to the Riva win? Russell looks like he was saying “Whhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaa?” and Chastain looked like she was going to sad cry.

  381. PaulH / Winston

    Let’s just agree to disagree and wait for the Oscar results. Lawrence will probably win, just don’t pretend it’s a done deal or that she is entitled to it because she happen to have a franchise and is a huge movie star.

  382. Bryce Forestieri

    “If Lawrence or Chastain wins at least I won’t get the overwhelming impression that Hollywood shot itself in the foot. Yet again.”

    LOL comic

    I think they’re doing fine without you worrying so much you fat ass

  383. Not me. I never thought that Jennifer was a slam dunk for Best Actress. You have to go back thirteen years to find the Academy awarding Best Actress to someone 25 and under. I’ll keep repeating this until someone listen but when it comes to awarding the Best Actress Oscar, the Academy rarely gives it to someone that young, regardless of how “fuckable” they are.

    I always thought Riva had a shot ever since Amour got so much love from the Academy. She’s like the perfect choice to me. Naomi and Wallis have no shot in hell of winning, Jessica’s movie got hurt by a bullshit controversy, and Jennifer may be the it girl NOW but will she still be around 5, 10, 15 years from now? It girls haven’t had the best track record at the Best Actress Oscar within the past decade as well.

    So yeah, I can see them going for Riva because she’s the safest choice. Which really, fits the safe theme of this awards season.

  384. Antoinette

    DDL is a wicked pissah. And he mentioned Kathleen Kennedy, so there.

  385. RIVA!!!! Merci! Day-Lewis!!! Im so happy for all the awards Amour gets

    But really Argo is a good movie but does not deserve all the awards

  386. Bryce Forestieri

    It’s all down to Tiffany’s soft juicy tits. I mean that last shot when she’s snuggling to Bradley Cooper (damn I can’t blame her the slut) on his lap and you can see that ass just fuuuck! How can you not award that?!?!

  387. steandric

    Nonetheless a good pick of best leading actress coz the best one is not on the nomination list.

  388. Antoinette

    Do you see what they did there? Clooney will accept BP when it wins. Who doesn’t want to see that?

    *raises hand*

  389. “the Academy rarely gives it to someone that young, regardless of how “fuckable” they are”

    – LOL. And did you see her at the Oscar luncheon? She knows how hot she is.

    As far for the BAFTAS, I’m pretty much A-okay with all of the winners, particularly Riva and Waltz. However, I don’t understand Skyfall winning Best Score, or even getting nominated, frankly.

    Off-topic, but the fact that Clooney has been nominated as a producer, director, actor (three times!), sup actor, original screenplay writer and adapted screenplay writer in the span of 7 years is pretty damn impressive.

  390. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEKkJHSO8A0

    This song features prominently in Argo–how poetic. I’m not complaining, but we can all agree there’s a flood now.

  391. @Bryce Forestieri-Yawn. Crude but pointless.

    @Jade Fox-I’ve said all along that the major factor is that Lawrence is 22. She would be the second youngest winner in history. There is an impulse not to give it to her.
    I’m fairly certain despite it all that Lawrence will win the Oscar. My thinking was that Riva winning the bafta would be a way for the bafta to distinguish itself. Plus Riva is from their side of the pond.

  392. I don’t think Riva has a chance of winning of the Oscar, but this is in response to an earlier post saying that the Academy may award Riva because it would be a great “moment” if Dujardin (1st French man to win the Lead Actor Oscar) presents the Oscar to the oldest acting winner ever and 4th French actress to win Lead Actress. Or I suppose some think Riva may win because she would win it as the best birthday present ever!! – she turns 86 on Oscar night. Is Riva even going to attend the Oscars? I didn’t see any pics of her at BAFTA so I’m assuming she didn’t attend. She’s probably more likely to attend the Oscars now as a result of winning the BAFTA, but still I think it’s too much of a risk for the Academy to go for her for *that historic moment” reason since there is a chance of her being a no-show due to her old age. I do agree that the Academy probably gives some Oscars in anticipation of “historic moments,” one of the most notable being that Denzel Washington and Halle Berry won in the same year 11 years ago. However, those were two American actors, and the issue of race and the Lead Acting Oscars was an uniquely American topic that just continued to grow more and more urgent. Same thing with Meryl Streep winning last year – people kept talking about how Streep should win that 3rd Oscar, and she kept getting nominated but never winning. Finally, the Academy just gave it to her. That “great moment” would be a huge fail if Riva doesn’t even show up. And since when does the US Academy care about historic moments between French actors? Do they even know each other well? One actor just gives the award to the actress, gives a peck on the cheek, and then turns away while the actress speaks. It’s not *that impressive* of a moment. What it all comes down to is that there is just no way that the Academy is going to award an 86 year old foreign actress who’s virtually unknown in the US in a foreign art house film over two really likeable, fairly well known American actresses. Lawrence and Chastain are guaranteed to attend (and both want it so bad), I just can’t see the Oscar not going to one or the other, with Lawrence being more likely. They both would be very endearing in their speeches to the old white male club that is the Academy.

  393. Winston is such a JLaw loon! LOL

  394. Watermelons

    *⌘ + F to search for “Winslet”* *no results*

    Wow… An AWFUL set of BAFTA winners if you ask me!

  395. Riva SHOULD win, not because it’ll be on her birthday, not because she’s the oldest nominee, not because it’s her first nomination… She should win because her performance IS the best of the bunch. FACT.

  396. I think the question is this: Could Argo win Best Picture and ONLY Best Picture at the Oscars?

  397. “It’s all down to Tiffany’s soft juicy tits. I mean that last shot when she’s snuggling to Bradley Cooper (damn I can’t blame her the slut) on his lap and you can see that ass just fuuuck! How can you not award that?!?!”

    they should print it in a book: “the intellectual mind gone bad”

    Just kidding.

    About actress:
    Jessica is in my heart and she is mu favorite to win Oscar, but I cannot be happier if Riva takes it, Riva is one of the greatest and from Hiroshima Mon Amour to… Amour she has done decades of great cinema!

  398. Weinstein would milk that birthday narrative as hard as he could and definitely have Riva show up at the BAFTAs to make an emotional speech.

  399. Ummm, I’d say Argo pretty much topped the BAFTAs with the two big awards. Yes Les Mis won 4 versus 3, but I think the title is a little misleading.

    I do feel sorry for you guys seeing your favourite Lincoln consistently beaten.

    Well done Riva- onward to the Oscar!!!

  400. Bryce Forestieri

    So what’s the big deal if Lawrence doesn’t win when in fact she shouldn’t be nominated. The nominnees should be

    AMOUR – Emmanuelle Riva
    COMPLIANCE – Ann Dowd
    BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD – Quvenzhané Wallis
    RUST AND BONE – Marion Cotillard
    ZERO DARK THIRTY – Jessi Chastain

    Alternatively the could have gone with

    BARBARA – Nina Hoss
    THE DEEP BLUE SEA – Rachel Weisz
    MOONRISE KINGDOM – Kara Heyward

    And still those are far superior and more memorable performances than Lawrence’s Tiffany. I quite enjoyed SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, it made my top 25. It’s full of fine performances, but none of them near the top of the year’s best.

  401. @ Lynne and Eric P.

    I’ve got you both beat! I turn 21 this Friday haha :)

  402. daveinprogress

    Thank the gods for Stephen Fry! I got more hearty laughs from his delicious quips than a whole sitcom season. He is the creme de la creme!

    The winners – ugh! Silver Linings Playbook’s win in Adp Scr – the bottom of the barrel. Why not Argo? Why not Lincoln? Not Pi? Not Beasts? EEK!

    Christolph Waltz? Ok – they like Quentin and his movies.

    Daniel – such an elegant and eloquent fellow. Never much doubt here or for Oscar.

    Hathaway – no surprise.

    Is Sally Field really the uber eminent actress that Fry considers her to be, or does he have a Gidget fetish?? Or Sybil. No, i’ll leave that one alone.

    The only silver lining, ironically is that Emmanuelle Riva made the Actress race interesting – finally! Shame she was a no show. I thought that Lawrence and Chastain were sitting there thinking ‘I came all this way for nothing….”

    Just when i thought BAFTA had lost their sheen, along came the prize to Riva. Good for BAFTA

    What does all this do for Oscar?
    BP – Argo (it’s the runaway train this year)
    BD – Spielberg (who else?)
    Actress – Lawrence (the Harvey machine will be cranked up big time)
    Actor – Day Lewis
    SActrs- Hathaway
    SActor- Lee Jones
    Screen – Argo / Amour or Django

    Tally overall:

    Argo will win 3 – BP, Screenplay, editing
    Lincoln will win 3 or 4 (director, actor, supp actor, one tech)
    Les Mis will win 2 or 3 (supp actress, song, sound)
    Pi will win 3 or 4
    Amour will win 2 (screenplay, foreign film – actress would be a surprise)
    SLP will win 1 (although that is 1 too many)
    Zero Dark Thirty – empty handed
    Beasts – Zippo
    Django – maybe 1

    No individual movie will be particularly dominant or emphatically stamped, and maybe in a year filled with great movies, but a bizarre race – that is about right!

  403. The Argo sweep does amaze me though; in such a strong year, it would have seemed that it there was a sweeper it would be Lincoln, or that the major films would share the awards.

    I still think Argo is a better choice than many past BP winners, including the last two

  404. If Riva wins the Oscar, it’ll be a triumph of a performance so masterful that it could not be denied, no matter how much and how hard and how obnoxious the others campaigned for it.

    I hope the Academy shows that much gumption choose her just for that.

  405. Emmanuelle Riva just took over the lead in the race from Jennifer Lawrence. Let the true acting race begin.

  406. Did anyone else love the SOURPUS face on Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain after Riva won!!!

    VIVA RIVA VIVA RIVA

    TRULY THE BEST PERFORMANCE ON THE YEAR!!

  407. eclipse22

    congrats to argo and its producers heslov, clooney and affleck

    yeah at les miserables winning the most awards of the night!

    congrats to anne, this is one has been in the bag since casting it would seem

    ps: i didnt know that bit about clooney he’s quite the versatile artist indeed plus he does a killer turn in those coffee ad of his, charming is his middle name!

  408. Tero Heikkinen

    Yes, a REAL perfomance should win in Actress. It doesn’t always happen in this category.

    Riva!!!

  409. Felipe Scofield

    I really REALLY don’t understand this crazy nonstop bandwagon of madness that is this ARGO landslide.

    I’ve seen so many films come in to the race and deservedly win everything, but this accolades extravaganza for Argo is becoming ridiculous.

    I took my parents to watch “Life of Pi” again, what a filmmaking achievement! I can’t agree with this hysteria over Argo being superior.

    Well, but in order to win the competition, I must predict at least 3 wins for Argo on Oscar night?

    Picture
    Adapted Screenplay (all the others are more deserving)
    Editing (0D30 should take)

    At least I hope Lee is awarded Best Director (so relieved Affleck is out).

    Oh well…

  410. Best Actress was just settled tonight. Lawrence will win in a walk. Riva now has some recognition and she wont sneak up on anyone, and the Academy voters will ensure that she doesn’t win. Riva’s best chance was to lose the Bafta and come out of no where. That wont happen now. Of course it was interesting seeing an 85 year old struggling to portray the ravages of aging. :) The critics groups didn’t think Riva was head and shoulders above the others; they were split. Certainly an Oscarly role though.

    Now I’m watching the Grammys. Nice to see an awards show in a real industry that actually understands how awards are supposed to be used

  411. Solid winners, but if this is any real indication that SLP will win Adapted Screenplay…..then wow. I mean Russell is a guy who should probably win for screenplay than anything else one day, but certainly not for this script. I respect Lodge, but I’m not buying his defense for this flick. I’m not buying this brilliance in intentional messiness that some are proposing. I think it’s a legitimately bad script at times.

  412. Incidentally if a “masterful” performance was all there is to it than where is Lawrence’s Oscar for Winter’s Bone? Performance my eye. That’s just one of the factors.

  413. I am thrilled that the great Emmanuel Riva won! Bravo!Very well deserved! Hope the Academy will follow suit. Chastain would be a good 2nd choice.
    Three of this year’s movies will remain in my memory:
    1) Amour, which stays with you for a long time and makes you think and realize lots of things about life and true love;
    2) Zero Dark Thirty, which captivates, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and raises important questions about the US involment in this manhunt/war during the last decade;(too bad it got caught up in an unfortunate controversy)
    3) Life of Pi, which is directed in a masterful way and truly mesmerizes.
    I also truly enjoyed Argo, a deserving winner, a little more formulaic but a movie that works and really hits the target.
    Congratulations as well to Anne Hathaway, a very deserving and talented actress.

  414. Winston,

    Which is it? That Riva has no shot of winning the Oscar and Jennifer Lawrence will come out on top, or Hollywood will “stupidly” not reward Lawrence due to ageism and not knowing how to promote their stars?

    I think you’re just coming up with all sorts of weird arguments depending on your mood swings based on your Jennifer Lawrence fandom.

    BTW, the Grammys are nice, but they have been a huge joke since its inception because they are notorious for not rewarding hot pop stars (for good reason at times). I mean the Grammy snubbed Justin Bieber (and gave the award for Best New Artist to an little-known but extremely talented Esperanza Spalding). So your argument there doesn’t really hold up either.

  415. Also, as award-worthy as Jennifer Lawrence was in Winter’s Bone, reasonable minds can differ as to who deserved the award that year.

    There’s a reason all the talk was about Natalie Portman (who won an enormous amount of awards for Black Swan) and Annette Benning (who also won her fair share).

    You need to deal with the facts that although Lawrence has a strong shot to win the Oscar, it’s not as if her performance is the only performance that has been rewarded this year. Chastain and Riva all have hardware to back up their performances as well.

  416. @Scotty-I’m actually conflicted. Logic says Lawrence wins. But months ago I predicted that something fishy would occur because the Oscars have a history of forcing actresses to wait and I detected significant resistance to awarding someone so young. So it wouldn’t have surprised me if the industry found a left field candidate. But the Bafta is a new wrinkle. I think the left field choice sprung up too early and now the Academy voters will tramp it down. The real losing scenario would be if Lawrence had won the Bafta and Riva was still behind the scenes and sprang out of no where. So to answer your question, I think Lawrence wins but that predicting anything in this industry given the intangibles is very risky.
    The Granmmys rarely completely blow it. They never fail to award an Adele, a Lady Gaga or a Taylor Swift. They get it, which is never lose sight of the big picture.

  417. Best Actress is definitely a three-way race, but I predict Chastain will emerge victorious. And I’m calling Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz.

  418. Danny: “Emmanuelle Riva just took over the lead in the race from Jennifer Lawrence. Let the true acting race begin..”

    Heh heh heh…looks like you took a half-gallon of that Riva Special Kool-Aid ;)

  419. Homer Simpson: Oh why wont anyone give me an award?
    Lisa Simpson: You won a Grammy.
    Homer Simpson: I mean an award thats worth something.
    [announcement on the bottom of the screen- Legal Disclaimer: Mr.
    Simpsons opinions do not reflect those of the producers, who dont
    consider the Grammy an award at all.]

    The Grammys are an industry joke and nobody holds them in the same esteem as the Oscars. Plus, why bother having awards shows then? Why not just give an award based on money earnings and popularity? That way, Jennifer Lawrence can lose to Scarlett Johannssen for The Avengers.

  420. Argo, winner of Bafta, PGA, DGA, SAG, Golden Globes, Critics Choice Movie Awards, the USC Scripter Award and the Golden Tomato as the best reviewed film of the year.

    Argo fuck yourself Director’s Branch!

  421. Director's Branch Fan

    Um…more like

    Argo, go fuck yourself!

    – Director’s Branch.

    No matter what, Ben Affleck will never win the Oscar for Best Director for Argo. Hahahahaha

  422. eclipse22

    paris premiere french tv channel showing the baftas on tv, yeah cool , what is not cool is the voice-over translated to french everything stephen fry says that shizz annoys the heck out of me ,
    i’m naturally listening to the english and then i have this noisy voice off by a few seconds droning on in french in some lame attempt at instant translation! they could write what he says subtitles style ….

  423. Taylor Swift just thanked Jennifer Lawrence while accepting a Grammy. Talk about synergy.
    My official prediction is that I have no clue. My very first impulse was that something unpredictable would happen and I have such a low opinion of Hollywood that I’m sticking by it.

  424. @Winston

    Awards are given to what people think it’s the best, they are not supposed to be given to the most popular person in the room. If so, Brad Pitt and George Clooney would win everything. Lincoln would be winning BP, Spielberg BD, etc.

    If a lot of people don’t want Lawrence to win it’s because they believe she doesn’t deserve it just like you believe she does.

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion but your constant comments and pushing for Lawrence has reached a point of no return and, my friend, there is no one on the Internet as obnoxious as you are being right now.

    If I was the owner of this site, I would have totally banned you by now but you gotta give points to Sasha for she is such a great journalist/critic and loves discussing movies and believes in democracy and freedom of speech because you have too much freedom.

  425. @ Winston. If you think the Grammys never blow it you must be crazy. If you think Adele, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga are examples of good music, let me take a moment to puke.

    If real taste reigned at the Grammys, groundbreaking musicians like Bjork, Portishead, Massive Attack, Cesaria Evora, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Neko Case, Ani Difranco, Philip Glass, Goldfrapp, Beach House, and Blonde Redhead would be winning more awards.

  426. Yeah, but Winston’s argument is that the Oscars should reward popular artists and actors in order to foster popular talent and set them up for future success…because for some reason they need more support than those underappreciated artists who don’t have nearly as much PR, opportunities, or mainstream backing.

  427. All Riva’s win did was prove that it’s Lawerence at the Oscars, Chastain is donezo.

    Now how I would’ve liked the whole situation to pan out, just an observation.

  428. Did La Vie En Rose make a lot of money in the US prior to Marion’s Oscar win? Marion was also not well-known in the US when she won. Certainly, AMPAS voters were more familiar with Cate Blanchett and Laura Linney then.

    Oh and if AMPAS was still falling over itself to award young, fuckable actresses, then Rooney or Michelle would have made some impact last year.

  429. Riva won tonight, and now people are saying that she now can’t win the Oscar because she needed to come out of left field to have a shot.

    Even if Riva lost tonight, people would then say she can’t win an Oscar because she did not win any significant precursor award.

    Whatever happened tonight, the Jennifer Lawrence supporters would still predict her to win the Oscar.

  430. Sorry boys and girls but anyone who thinks that Riva out acted Lawrence (or Chastain for that matter) has to account for why the critics groups were so split. Even in places that she didn’t win, like NY, Lawrence out balloted Riva. Be my guest if you think Riva did such a landmark job, but that’s not the prevailing view. Also freely pretend that other factors, such as the nominees relative ages and the reluctance of the industry to award young stars with major awards, is likewise not a factor.

    So the idea that Riva had a better performance is highly debatable. It was more accurately the more Oscar-baiting role, replete with typical high drama factors like tragic disability due to a stroke. It certainly isn’t cut and dry.

    Anyway this idea that the Oscars should just ignore the relative relevance and popularity of the nominees and their potential impact on the industry in an all out effort to award the metaphysical “best performance” (a matter of pure subjectivity) is so mindblowingly stupid and self-defeating that only Hollywood could espouse it. It might be worth pointing out that Hollywood has never done that (point to the last time such a little seen foreign film received such a major honor from the Academy). But the desire not to award a 22 year old actress is so strong that the amazing could happen. And that is a massive indictment of the Hollywood awards system.

  431. “And that is a massive indictment of the Hollywood awards system.”

    No Winston you have it all wrong. if Lawrence wins we can make that claim. Riva is the arthouse darling and she has won her share of critics’ awards. I suppose your idea of deft voting and decision-making is to have Harvey Weinstein secure Lawrence the win.

    The USA is NOT the whole ball of wax, and I am American. Your xenophobic arguments are artistically lame.

  432. And what’s with the “boys and girls”?

    Are you teaching us something here? Like maybe how to become a xenophobe?

  433. “Now I’m watching the Grammys. Nice to see an awards show in a real industry that actually understands how awards are supposed to be used.”

    Right. Another Winston gem. If you were on “The Gong Show” you’d be the first to get the heave-ho.

  434. I am loving this year’s Best Actress race :)

    It’s one thing to be carrying the film on your shoulders and be its only Oscar nomination, but Amour was also nominated for Film, Direction and Screenplay. It means the Academy really likes the movie.

    Now with the BAFTA win, what we thought would spice up the Best Actress race has officially spiced it up.

    Jessica Chastain has the BFCA + The Globe
    Jennifer Lawrence has the SAG + The Globe

    I would say it really is a 3-way project. We need to keep it in mind that the Academy is a fan of making history and they will do just that if they award Riva.

    Final words: David O. Russell looked ugly as he was clapping for Riva.

  435. Riva won Best Actress from the London Film Critics Circle, one of the most respected groups worldwide.

    She also tied Lawrence for Best Actress at the Los Angeles Film Critics, while AMOUR took the Best Film prize from the group.

    The fact that she is in the race is actually something any serious cinephile should be applauding, as there is actually a real chance that artistry and international cognizance can be awarded in a system that is geared heavily against such a happening.

    To come crashing in here with a big chip but bringing to the table the most pedestrian observations like the Grammy Awards as something to admire, shows bankrupt artistic sensibilities.

    GONG!!!!!!!!!

  436. Mel,

    A look-see at http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=lavieenrose.htm indicates no post-Ocar bump for La Vie En Rose; around $155,000 after Cotillard’s win. Its theater count shrunk from 28 to 7 in that time.

    Am I the only person in this forum who believed in his heart of hearts that Riva was a lead pipe mortal lock to be positioned as Lawrence’s challenger by BAFTA? How could you not see that coming? Chastain’s candidacy was damaged by all the torture stuff. Cotillard, Mirren, Watts? None of them were perceived as deal busters. So who’s left? All I’m trying to say is that SAG opted out of nominating Riva. And there was ample time for the members to get a screener of Amour, surely. But they didn’t.

  437. What a great show! Riva for actress, I was so happy I cried! The only award that made no sense to me was SLP for screenplay! Over the others in the category, it was an embarrassment that it won.

    I finally saw les miz this week and really loved anne Hathaway so I’m rooting for her now,

    I loved David o russels face when Riva won, he looked like he tasted something bad, did he not see amour? Sorry dude your chick doesn’t hold a candle to Riva.

    Overall it was a great show, I can’t wait till the oscars.

  438. David O. Russell makes me feel really bad with that face. Bad for him of course.

  439. Salmonpie

    Anyone who says “the Grammys gets it” is a joke.
    Mumford and sons just won album of the year but lost americana album of the year.
    Tell me again they get the big picture and what the big picture is.

    It’s one thing to say Jennifer Lawrence should win because you think she gave the best performance of the year.
    Quite another to say she should win because of 20 ridiculous reasons including someone else is too old and she will be a biggest star of her generation.
    Harvey Weinsten should hire you as part of their free PR machine, which you probably are to begin with.
    Except at this point it’s become a bit of a turn-off akin to Scorsese whoring for an Oscar years ago when he directed Gangs of New York.
    One thing you did get right though – if academy voters check off the winner based on your fan-obsessed logic, they will prove themselves to be what you say they are, a bunch of brainless out of touch fools who don’t get it.

    I beg the voters to vote who they think is the best, not – please, not – who they think is going to be the biggest star of her generation.

    I personally think EMmanuelle Riva gave the best performance of the year. That’s why I’m rooting for her. The fact that she could lose because she’s not on the campaign trail “campaigning” for the Oscar or that she doesn’t have a Harvey or a Winston (ha) reducing her extraordinary work to shit just so that Jennifer Lawrence could win makes me angry. But such is the Oscar. So even if she loses, it doesn’t change my opinion hat she gave far and away the best female performance of the year – with Chastain a close second.

  440. DTjean,

    You have to somehow get that image everywhere. Befriend/bribe all the top Oscar blogs/Gold Derby/TMZ/Perez Hilton/OMGPop/etc. to repost that picture.

    Obviously merit means nothing this Oscar race (with Lawrence being the fave), but smear campaigns do. I hope this does a lot of damage to Silver Linings Playbook and Jennifer Lawrence and her mediocrity can finally take a back seat to Chastain (who has suffered way too long this season) and Riva who needs all the help she can get to win.

  441. Emmanuelle Riva wins Bafta for Leading Actress

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37u99sEhfKY

  442. Really? Really? *hands the Riva brigade straws*. Then let’s see the screen grab of Chastain’s displeasure as well. Chalk that up to ‘I traveled all this way for nothing’, a pretty normal gut reaction.

  443. Daniel B.

    Winston, why don’t you STFU! Stop spamming and force your opinion. Riva’s performance was by far the best performance of the year. The fact that they are giving her awards proves that they don’t care about stars and who is hot right now but about ACTING. The awards are not the Nobel prize but still they should be awarded on the grounds of merit and excellence.

  444. ” Then let’s see the screen grab of Chastain’s displeasure as well. “

    Couldn’t find a screenshot of Chastain. But Paul makes a good point. Russell and Lawrence don’t look so bad compared to other reactions in the room.

  445. @Daniel B-The critics groups did not agree. That’s reality. I actually bothered to pay attention all season.

    @Sam Juliano-I am big movie buff, but because of that I find Riva’s involvement in the race appalling. The Oscars are now beaten in the ratings by the Grammys. Let that sink in. It didn’t have to happen. But it did happen because Hollywood chose to ignore the sensibilities of its audience and became self-indulgent. The bill you get from that is irrelevancy. The Grammys now beat the Oscars and Hollywood stars are second rate celebrities. I take a back seat to no one when it comes to art house films. But I’m wise enough to know that you don’t have an art house without a multiplex. And you don’t have meaningful awards without an audience that cares. The Academy itself recognized this problem.
    So as people above acknowledged the critics awards were an even split. Nothing was clearly established. Yet they want to give the Oscar to the must obscure actress that audiences care the least about despite have two infinitely more relevant alternatives. To be blunt, that is absurd. It’s pathological. It’s laughable. Well then bury your heads in the sand and have fun debating an awards show that keeps losing significance.
    No one is saying make the Oscars the people’s choice. Instead strike a balance. Actually bother to consider things like mass appeal. If one candidate is so head and shoulders above the others from a critical point of view, fine. But if not, then pay attention to things like timeliness and relevance and yes, box office. Actually pretend that the audience that foots the bill and watches the show matters too.
    So the sophisticates thinks its just fine that an actress who is totally meaningless to 99.9 percent of moviegoers should win an award. Right. Nothing to criticize here.

  446. @ Winston

    To call yourself a movie buff and then say Emmanuelle Riva is meaningless to 99.9 percent of moviegoers is appalling.

    So big mister moviebuff, have you ever seen Hiroshima Mon Amour?

    How about Kapo?

    How about Therese?

    How about Blue?

    How about Leon Morin, Priest?

    Or would you also then say the works of the above directors, Gillo Pontecorvo, Alain Resnais, Jean Pierre Melville, and Krzysztof Kieslowski so happen to be starring Emmanuelle Riva, is also meaningless to 99.9% of the moviegoers?

  447. @Cyrus-I’m sure that meant a lot 30 years ago.

  448. I think we’re witnessing a preemptive strike just in case Winston’s worst fears are realized and Jennifer Lawrence loses Best Actress.

    Winston says he would have been fine with Chastain winning since she’s not a “nobody,” but we all know Chastain would have been reamed had she won BAFTA. He’s grown soft on her because he now no longer fears her as a threat.

    However, he now thinks Riva is a huge threat, and is scared sh*tless of her. He’s doing anything he can to demean Riva and to delegitimize the Oscars just in case Riva beats Lawrence. It’s quite obvious what his angle is.

    Funny how Winston doesn’t care about any other category. Like at all.
    He only cares about Jennifer Lawrence. He doesn’t care that Anne Hathaway just starred in two huge blockbusters and will most likely be awarded an Oscar for Les Miserables. He doesn’t care that more people have seen Lincoln, Django, Les Miserables, Argo, and Life of Pi in terms of domestic box office than Silver Linings Playbook (let’s not get into international box office because it’s even worse for SLP) which means more people wanted to see and spent money on those films than the supposed box office star Jennifer Lawrence.

    This begs the question…who was the draw in The Hunger Games and X-Men really? Was it JLaw or was it just the fact that those were huge franchises before there was a film adaptation?

  449. Also, Mama made much more money than The House at the End of the Street…I guess that means Jessica Chastain should easily beat Jennifer Lawrence as well.

  450. Jason Travis

    @Winston: Sorry how does Riva winning the BAFTA worsen her chances??? Explain that, makes no sense to me. When you win an award leading up to the Oscar, correct me if I’m wrong- that HELPS YOU. Jennifer Lawrence should be shaking right now because this race just got heated. Riva was always the best in her class and BAFTA helped solidify that. Top that off with her National Society of Film Critics prize and you have a worthy winner. The only thing making it hard for Riva to win is her lack of Globe/SAG nominations- but guess what? Affleck is winning everything for Argo with no Oscar nod for director, so why can’t Riva win Oscar with no guild nod? Jennifer Lawrence did nothing to slice bread in Silver- it was a typical 20 something female hamming it up in the screen and showing off her big “tits” as you all like to say. Big deal. Riva is winning.

  451. ^ Maybe Winston has a point with the Riva winning is bad for her thing. Now that the SLP crew know that their best Oscar chance is vulnerable, they will do everything in their power to quash the Riva support. Weinstein will go on overtime and run-over Amour supporters, destroy screeners, make DeNiro cry some more, have Lawrence come down with cancer only to be cured for the Oscars, make Cooper and O. Russell draft actual legislation to improve mental health issues by lying and dancing, have Jackie Weaver join Sex Addicts Anonymous and go on all the talk shows, have Congress hate on the French again, make Seth MacFarlene make more Nazi jokes at the expense of Amour, etc.

  452. Jason Travis

    @JLaw: I wouldn’t put it past Harvey- he helped Meryl to her win last year and I was one of the HAPPIEST people alive when Streep won.

    I love that Best Actress is a true nailbiter again- 3 women are going at it (Chastain, Riva, Lawrence) and I predict Riva but the other two are so close.

    Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (no one else better take this, it would be an outcry)

    Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones (Waltz is a threat, but are voters truly going to go gaga for Django or will it still be too disturbing and violent a film?)

    Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (would love to see Sally Field upset, but that will never happen)

    Director: Steven Spielberg (but anyone could spoil; after Russell’s awful behavior tonight, I hope he loses)

    Adapted Screenplay: Argo (I want Kushner to win he deserves it, but they have to validate Argo’s best picture win with another major prize, and Arkin ain’t happening; it’s a fresh script and it’s got everything you could ask for in a quick paced thriller)

    Original Screenplay: Django Unchained (risky choice, Amour may spoil; Tarantino has now won Globe, BAFTA, other critic prizes- but will voters be cold towards him again, like they were when he lost with Inglorious Basterds?)

  453. SeattleMoviegoer

    great to see Riva take home the BAFTA. and, even tho i am a LES MIZ fan, i was happy to see SKYFALL take the British film award. it had better reviews and it is a fitting salute to 50 years of one of the greatest franchises in movie history. i just want to point out a curious situation in regards to this current Oscar derby–the recent advertising blackout of LES MIZ. 2 weeks ago the ads just disappeared. no LA TIMES, no NYT, no ads in big city arts sections, very little on the web, etc. meanwhile LINCOLN, PI, DJANGO and SILVER LININGS were buying full page color ads all over the place. i don’t have to even point out the ad blitz by Harvey for SILVER. he has Chris Matthews quotes (of all people) in giant typeface all over the place. he even has Dr. Oz blowing a trumpet for Russell’s overblown family romcom. but LES MIZ has gone quiet. this is especially puzzling because Cameron Macintosh (the famed impresario of the stage hit) is renowned for his amazing ad savvy that kept PHANTOM, MISS SAIGON and LES MIZ hits for decades. he’s given up, apparently for his movie. and it’s not like he doesn’t have a dog in the race because it’s won the most GG, now the most BAFTA’s, the global grosses are terrific, etc. etc. it’s just a curious marketing situation…a business i practiced for years.

  454. “No one is saying make the Oscars the people’s choice. Instead strike a balance. Actually bother to consider things like mass appeal.”

    That’s exactly what the Oscars have been doing for years. The Artist? The King’s Speech? Slumdog? Shakespeare in Love? Crash? Come on, how can you be so blind.

    Winston, listen to me: you’re losing your time here, get in touch with a guy named Harvey Weinstein. He’ll appreciate your blind faith in J-Law and your big commitment to her cause and the chances are he’ll even make it worth your while.

  455. “Everyone is entitled to an opinion but your constant comments and pushing for Lawrence has reached a point of no return and, my friend, there is no one on the Internet as obnoxious as you are being right now.
    If I was the owner of this site, I would have totally banned you by now but you gotta give points to Sasha for she is such a great journalist/critic and loves discussing movies and believes in democracy and freedom of speech because you have too much freedom.”
    Really? Then you must live in a very small bubble, because I have seen comments on other (non-film) message boards that were extremely racist and offensive, so I don’t see how comments promoting Lawrence are the “most obnoxious” of all. Honestly, I really don’t care whether Riva or Lawrence or Chastain wins (and I’m no Lawrence fan, trust me), but to even insinuate that someone should be banned for promoting a particular actress is so ludicrous. That comment is indicative of your extremely low maturity and zero tolerance for people with different opinions. EVERYONE on this site is pushing for a particular actress, actor, or film, including the moderators. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, and everyone who posts here has strong opinions of the movies. Let’s just be glad you don’t have a movie website, because pretty soon, it would consist of you talking to yourself on its message boards, since you would only agree with yourself and you would ban everyone else.

  456. Argo just won two awards apart from Best Film. They are editing and directing. With no directing at the oscars, you have only editing up for grabs. This is really a interesting season so far. I have not seen a race like for quite some time.

    Zero Dark Thirty and Chastain started the season as a frontrunner winning numerous BP, BA and BD awards and just look at now. They are nowhere near the front. This is insane.

  457. Tero Heikkinen

    “If real taste reigned at the Grammys, groundbreaking musicians like Bjork, Portishead, Massive Attack, Cesaria Evora, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Neko Case, Ani Difranco, Philip Glass, Goldfrapp, Beach House, and Blonde Redhead would be winning more awards.”

    You forgot Mew.

    Who? Check it out.

  458. In my humble opinion the Grammy Awards suck much more than the Oscars.

    If the man called Beyonce can be awarded 12845 Grammys for doing the same thing in all of his albums, while Dido & Massive Attack haven’t even won 1 then you know the world sucks.

    Eminem, who’s won only 13 Grammys, easily falls into the Beyonce Bro category.

    The two are pals in producing the same things over and over again until that moment comes when you realize that if you’re not a fanboy you just have to move to a new genre to save your soul.

    How does the Grammy voting work anyway? I don’t know, I haven’t checked and I don’t want to because it obviously fails.

  459. Tero Heikkinen

    “But I’m wise enough to know that you don’t have an art house without a multiplex.”

    So wise you are. This would not be true in America even. The demand for art films/indies will never disappear whether there are big movies or not.

    This is only true from Hollywood studios’ point of view. They can produce or buy riskier art projects with the money they just earned from a big blockbuster. Nothing to do with certain theater chains who would show a European art house film (like Amour) anyway… if suddenly (for some odd reason) USA stopped making them completely.

  460. @Jlaw!-I’ve actually shown a lot of interest in best picture and ZDT. Now it looks like Argo or Lincoln. Best actor is settled. As are supporting. And director doesn’t interest me, especially with these nominees. So this is the one I discuss.
    That said, I would make the exact same point if Beasts of the Southern Wild emerged as a BP threat. I made my point about Riva. She was not the hands down critical favorite (she had her wins and others had theirs) and voting for her would mean ignoring other important factors that the Academy needs to pay attention to and has in other years. I’m sorry but imho awarding an actress virtually no knows in a film virtually no one saw who was previously relevant 40 years ago against this group of fellow nominees, especially where critical opinion is all over the place, is a thumb in the eye to the vast majority of moviegoers and continues the state of denial the Academy is in about its slipping relevance. The Oscar is not just a critics award. I make no bones about the fact that I think Lawrence should win. But at least if Chastain won I wouldn’t consider it another act folly by the Academy as it fades into its own self-made sink hole, and I hate ZDT. The point I made about fading importance is a real one. The Grammy’s stink, music today stinks, etc., yet it now beats the Oscars. So what does that say about the Oscars?
    @M97-Well said. I’m not flaming people. I’m debating a subject at a site where these issues are discussed. At the end of the day what happens will happen.

  461. rufussondheim

    The Grammys are growing in popularity because the show’s producers know how to put on a good show. They get legendary acts to perform songs with up and comers. They created unique pairings that you can’t seen anywhere.

    I don’t think the Grammys have any more integrity than they have in the past, I just think the show is a must-see at this point. I couldn’t care less about half the people who perform, but every year for the last few years there’s a performance I really love. Haven’t watched this year’s yet since I watched the BAFTAs last night, so I can’t say the same is true of this year yet, but I’m excited to watch them later today.

  462. @M97

    Not original OP but I think @Mel was referring to Winston’s constant peddling. You gotta admit that he is quite over the top with his stanning and does not seem to make a lot of sense though.

  463. You’re about to see everything; me giving advice to my mortal movie enemy :)

    All Harvey has to do is remind any voter who will listen that Amour was out during the period when SAG cast their ballots for nominations. Screener DVD’s could’ve been requested by SAG members. And STILL RIVA WAS NOT NOMINATED by SAG. It’s one thing to get in the final five and lose, but quite the other to have your film out there, and then not have SAG actors go and see it.

  464. “j-law”: “Now that the SLP crew know that their best Oscar chance is vulnerable, they will do everything in their power to quash the Riva support. Weinstein will go on overtime and run-over Amour supporters, destroy screeners, make DeNiro cry some more, have Lawrence come down with cancer only to be cured for the Oscars, make Cooper and O. Russell draft actual legislation to improve mental health issues by lying and dancing, have Jackie Weaver join Sex Addicts Anonymous and go on all the talk shows, have Congress hate on the French again, make Seth MacFarlene make more Nazi jokes at the expense of Amour, etc.”

    This stuff isn’t doing your candidate, Riva, any favors, either.

    “This begs the question…who was the draw in The Hunger Games and X-Men really? Was it JLaw or was it just the fact that those were huge franchises before there was a film adaptation?”

    Different animals, these; XM1stC doesn’t have Lawrence in a lead role, only one of the mutants. Hunger Games, OTOH, had its success or failure hinge on the casting of Katniss. I had my doubts; I wanted Kristen Bell as Katniss because she can play young, and is one of our best TV actresses out there. But Lwarence was the right choice, and nearly 3/4’s of a billion dollars later, the boxoffice proved Lionsgate right.

  465. Tero Heikkinen

    “…and nearly 3/4′s of a billion dollars later, the boxoffice proved Lionsgate right.”

    You are so much fun with your inconsistency. You show worldwide figures only if it backs your horse (like you do with Avatar as well). But when you mention Amour, for example, you fail to talk about worldwide numbers. Why don’t you do this with all films? Not even with Life of Pi that has almost 600M in the bank.

  466. Tero Heikkinen

    And the thing that somehow Jennifer Lawrence’ win would be a win for The Hunger Games is laughable.

    Yeah, I’m gonna hope for Silver Linings Playbook win. It would be a win for Piranha 3DD. It’s not like the franchise is in danger. Harvey knows best.

  467. Oh please, all they needed was an attractive actress who was serviceable in the role, and The Hunger Games would’ve still made the same amount of money.

    As for the SAG thing, one could twist that around and say that Riva wasn’t nominated just because those bit actors didn’t want to watch her film. Therefore, Lawrence only won by default (they also didn’t get ZD30’s screeners in time either).

    The Academy members have obviously watched Amour as they nominated it for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Foreign Film, and Actress. With this win at BAFTA, it means even more Academy members may choose to watch Amour to see what the fuss is about which can only help Riva’s case.

  468. rufussondheim

    Jennifer Lawrence may not have been the draw in The Hunger Games, but there is no doubt that her peformance elevated the film from something bearable to something watchable. Could someone else have done the same? Of course, but she’s the one they picked and she did a great job.

    We’ll never know what the BO would have been without her. But I do know that I will be seeing the second film because of her.

    (Please do not consider this an endorsement of her work in SLP, that entire excrement filled movie is abominable and if I were a Comic Book Villain, I would make it my first duty to eliminate the memory of SLP from humankind. And hopefully the movie of that pursuit would be directed by Joachim Trier, Kelly Reichardt or Steve McQueen.)

  469. 1) Riva’s character is a true lead in a true drama (not a supporting role in a dramedy/rom-com)

    2) Riva’s performance was outstanding

    3) Not only would it be a well-deserved Oscar, but it might resemble a life-achievement award for an actress of extraordinary gravitas who is now in her eighties (she’ll hardly get such an Oscar chance again)

    4) Amour is a critics’ darling (Metacritic: 94/100) and – just in case – won the Palme d’Or (not exactly like TIFF’s People’s Choice Award)

    5) Amour received as many nominations as ZD30 (5, including key categories such as director, screenplay, best actress and BP) and it’s a niche foreign language film (not exactly neglected by the AMPAs)

    Now, this are 5 objective reasons why Riva MIGHT win. Objective reasons, not minor quibbles nor the biased report of a fan(boy).

    And I don’t know what you all think, but I can’t see how Riva winning could end up being “a thumb in the eye to the vast majority of moviegoers”.

  470. Very glad about the love for “Skyfall” at the BAFTAs.

    And Riva’s win here at BAFTA definitely makes a triple threat for the Best Actress Oscar. Watts and Wallis need to come and just have fun with it. Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain, and Jennifer Lawrence are all such young actresses. They have plenty of time to rack up Oscar nominations in the future, and probably win one some day.

    Riva, however, now becomes the sentimental choice here. And it doesn’t hurt that she actually DESERVES to win for her performance in this film.

    So I think it’ll be Daniel Day Lewis, Riva, and Hathaway winning Oscars. And even thought C. Waltz has now won the Golden Globe and BAFTA, I think the Academy will tend to vote for the home-grown boy Tommy Lee Jones as BSA.

    I have this feeling though, and I know it isn’t logical, that “Lincoln” is going to take Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars, despite Argo’s recent wins and all the prognosticators to the contrary.

  471. @JLaw!-Actually Lawrence was the draw in the Hunger Games. Gary Ross definitely thought so. I don’t think people understand how demanding that fanbase is. When she was announced for the part they trashed her. She had to win over the entire fandom and did so so effectively that it made over $400 million in the US. The HG’s name would have guranteed them a good opening but the return business it got was a reflection of Lawrence. There is no safety net in that role. No wizards. No vampires. No CGi or escapism. Just her. It’s one of those accomplishments that sophisticates cannot appreciate. Put someone less effective and charismatic in that role and see what happens. Of course it is all too easy to say anyone could have done it after she actually did it. But the pressure was undeniable.

    @Mike-Unless the issue of who had the best performance was cut and dry (it wasn’t) there is absolutely no objective reason to award such an obscure film. None. (The best performance is always subjective.) At that point you need to look at other factors. To claim otherwise is criminally irresponsible. You can then award an unknown actress 40 years past her prime in an unseen film against two far more relevant actresses, or you can recognize that an Oscar requires looking at more than just a single factor, especially where things aren’t equal. Let’s say you think Riva was 10 percent better. I don’t but lets say. Do you then award her against far more relevant actresses in much more commercially successful films, not to mention who have accounted (in Lawrence’s case) for almost a billion dollars in box office in the last year? It’s indefensible. It’s also a matter of extreme ingratitude from an industry that Chastian and Lawrence have done pretty well by, and not as a matter of ancient history.

    None of this is that radical. People at this site have said the exact same thing. So why deviate now? I wonder.

  472. Winston, Winston, I did not write “best performance”, I wrote “outstanding”. And I wrote “MIGHT win”, not “SHOULD win”.

  473. Ehhh, @Winston, if Jennifer is SUCH A BIG STAR why didn’t THG make money overseas? Jennifer might be famous but it’s just an American fame, people around the world don’t give a crap about her, they don’t even find her pretty or drawn like a real movie star is.

  474. SeattleMoviegoer

    first off, i loved ARGO. still do. i saw it last fall. but i saw the rest of the nominees after ARGO, and loved several of them more than Mr. Affleck’s movie. this come-from-behind phenomenon is puzzling at best. i’m just wondering if all the prior awards might (just possibly) hurt it at Oscar time. i for one am growing weary of seeing Ben and George everywhere and looking humble and grateful and acting as though they’ve produced on par with CITIZEN KANE and GONE WITH THE WIND and SCHINDLER’S LIST all wrapped up in one movie. i’m just a little tired of their bearded, thankful faces.

  475. Eduardo S Junior (@edward_thefirst)

    i hate awards seasons because of that, everyone turns into a crazy obnoxious knowing all Movie Critics, and i think the Riva fans are the worse on this category

    she is the only good actress in the planet, she had the only worth performance, J Lawrence is overrated Jessica Chastain is bad bla bla bla

    guess what, i’m not saying she had a bad performance (in fact i yet have to see Amour) but stop pretend is the best performance in the history of mankind, otherwise she would be nominated for the SAG and Golden Globes what she wasn’t
    also she would be the Frontrunner by now

    the Front-runner was since day one (by the Critics and not the fans) Jennifer LAwrence, the minute SLP finished it screen on the TIFF there was major critics saying she had the OScars in the bag, that was September

    and i’m not saying that to make a point about how she should win the Oscars, and get mad at Riva if she wins it, because if that happens is because most Oscar voters considered her performance more worth, so be it

    so drop the i know better attitude (i would use the word hipster but that’s overused in these days)

    and let’s agree that the 3 lead actress around now Jennifer LAwrence, Jessica Chastain and Emanuelle Riva ate ALL GREAT ACTRESS, and just admire their work?

    otherwise YOU ALL sound like a band of Harry Porter and Selena Gomez fans bitching about The People Choice Awards

  476. Salmonpie

    People are repeating themselves (me included).
    Campaigners will campaign.
    Fan boys will fan their fandom.
    And film lovers will stand by their subjective choices as they should – because only the best deserve that kind of passionate support.

    That’s why there are 6000 voters – each one voting for who he or she thinks is best.
    What i do know, a great performance needs no explanation.
    Only an inferior one needs a bunch of bs reasons other than the performance itself to support its win.

    There is a difference between “should” and “will” – I don’t always know what some people are arguing for.
    But I do hope the “should” prevails over the “will”.
    That’s what I thnk most supporters of Emmanuelle Riva are saying – it’s their subjective opinion, one that I happen to think is indisputable but that’s what it is, subjective.
    So may the best actress wins.
    As for all these other FACTORS that some peeps claim are facts – well, good for you – it’s your subjective opinion and mine when I say I think it’s bs, so let’s just leave it at that and MAY THE BEST EEFING ACTRESS WINS!

  477. @Winston: critics are not all that matters, but voters should consider also popularity, box office results and so on. So, giving Lincoln every single award would be the most logical thing to do.

  478. What’s ridiculous is that hinting at praising Riva’s performance or hinting at her chances feaks so-called film lovers out

  479. @Flor-The story was not as well known outside the US. Also why did Hansel and Gretel for example make money overseas? Overseas audiences tend to go for more escapist US fare. So where is the escapism in HGs? It doesn’t exist. Rival studios didn’t think it was viable which is why it was made by Lionsgate for the bare minimum. This is a film as grim as Gattaca and other dystopian stories. Think about what this film is about and then say you could have predicted that type of box office. And Catching Fire will threaten the billion dollar mark WW.

    Oscars serve a function.

  480. Wonderful video cued up to David O. Russell’s disgusted reaction: http://youtu.be/vJt_ztfu4y8?t=2m39s

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