‘Avatar’ vs. ‘The Hurt Locker’ (The BAFTA edition)

Assuming that everyone has had time to take in the BAFTA nominations, it’s now time for the next order of business–the breakdown. That’s right, The Real Reel is about to break it all the way down. From the snubs to the upsets, and of course the nominees in general.

Starting off we have the Best Film category with nominations for ‘Avatar’, ‘An Education’, ‘The Hurt Locker,’ ‘Precious’ and ‘Up in The Air.‘  Noticeably absent was  Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds,‘ however Tarantino was nominated in the Best Director category along with Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron. But both Lee Daniels and Jason Reitman, who are both in contention  for an Oscar nod, were instead replaced with Neill Blomkamp(District 9) and Lone Scherfig(An Education).  Two directors who have been virtually a non-threat all awards season. I’m not surprised about the nomination for Scherfig because ‘An Education’ was Britain’s best film last year , but the Blomkamp nod threw me for a loop. I’m not too worried though, at this point in the game both Reitman and Daniels are getting nominated for an Oscar.

Acting wise, on the mens side Jeremy Renner was in and Morgan Freeman was out.  No surprise there for me,  Renner should have always been in and Freeman should have always been out. In my opinion Nelson Mandela was not his best role;  it was great but he’s done better. Completing the list was  Jeff Bridges (of course), George Clooney and Britain’s own Colin Firth and Andy Serkis. Serkis nabbed his nomination  for his role in ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.’  I’m willing to bet money on both Serkis and Firth as they have the home team advantage.  A major surprise in the supporting category  was Alec Baldwin, who  scored a nomination for his role in ‘It’s Complicated.’  Now I loved that  film but Baldwin’s  performance was not award-winning, at all. What about Peter Saarsgaard for ‘An Education’, Anthony Mackie for ‘The Hurt Locker’ or Woody Harrelson for ‘The Messenger?’ No? Not even a little love for those guys?  ::insert eye roll:: The category was rounded out with nominations for Christian McKay, Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci and of course Christoph Waltz who will probably go on to win.

As for the women, the surprises kept  on coming as Emily Blunt got snubbed for her portrayal in ‘The Young Victoria.’  Completely unheard of, considering the fact that Victoria was Britain’s Queen for years.  That should have been an instant nomination à la Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, etc. I was sure that Blunt would have  been nominated especially over Saoirse Ronan who was nominated for her effort in ‘The Lovely Bones.’   I might be  in the minority here but Ronan being nominated for ‘Atonement’ a couple of years ago, I got it; Ronan being nominated for ‘The Lovely Bones,‘ I don’t get that.  Although my opinion could be influenced by the fact that I really disliked that film.  Not because of bad acting, but because Peter Jackson’s vision completely ruined the film for me.

Also forgotten about in the Leading Actress category was Sandra Bullock and Helen Mirren. Not surprised by Bullock being snubbed, nor was I really shocked by Mirren being replaced with Audrey Tautou from ‘Coco Before Chanel.‘  I’ve said many times off the record how I thought Tautou should have been considered for contention months ago  and this nomination could be just the push that she needed.  Completing the category were Meryl Streep, Gabby Sidibe and hometown girl Carey Mulligan. Mulligan will probably win this category  considering the odds,  she’s home and she has the advantage.

Supporting wise, the three female favorites Mo’Nique, Vera and Anna were all accounted for. Left off of the list was Penelope Cruz and Julianne Moore; instead were Kristen Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff for their portrayals in the John Lennon biopic ‘Nowhere Boy.’

As far as tech nominations were concerned ‘Avatar’ cleaned up but ‘District 9’ was right there behind it.  In my opinion, all technical awards should  be handed straight to ‘Avatar’ on a silver platter; other nominees need not to show up.

One thing is clear though, ‘Avatar’ and ‘ The Hurt Locker’  are the films to beat this awards season as both nabbed a total of 9 nominations.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the  nominations pan out especially when the Academy Award nominations are announced on Feb. 2.

What do you guys think??  Sound off in the comment area or via twitter.

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