The BAFTA Wrap-Up

3 words—The. Hurt. Locker.

If there was every any doubt about ‘The Hurt Locker’s’ chances at the Oscars, all of it was seemingly shattered last night at the 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards.  The war drama took home six of the eight awards it was nominated for including: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography over ‘Avatar.’  Would have loved to see James Cameron’s face when that particular award was presented.

(Source: Zimbio)

And continuing his award-winning weekend was Bigelow’s production partner Mark Boal, who also took home a BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay, edging out his biggest competition, Quentin Tarantino.  In my opinion, I expected Boal to win the WGA award with Tarantino being ineligible, but never did I anticipate him winning this same award at the BAFTAs. Also continuing their victory lap across the pond was Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for their adapted screenplay ‘Up in The Air.’

Along with the previous mentioned awards,  ‘The Hurt Locker’ also won Best Editing and Best Sound.

As for the competitive acting awards, it was a night for the home team as Britons Colin Firth and Carey Mulligan won the top acting prizes of the night.  2009 Leading Actor recipient Mickey Rourke presented a surprised Mulligan with her award. Dressed in an amazing floral Vionnet gown, Mulligan thanked her family and made mention of the fact that she was about to cry. Have I mentioned much I die for her accent??

(Source: AP)

And speaking of to die for British accents, Kate Winslet who looked phenom in Stella McCartney, presented Colin Firth with the Leading Actor award. It was Firth’s first BAFTA win and he thanked a very interesting person, his refrigerator repair guy.  Firth said during his speech that he was ‘about to send an email telling Tom [Ford] I couldn’t do it, when the fridge repair guy knocked on the door.’

Supporting wise, the usual suspects took home BAFTAs, Christoph Waltz and an absent Mo’Nique. Director Lee Daniels accepted the award on her behalf stating that ‘he wasn’t sure how the film would be received overseas.’ In my opinion, it probably would’ve have been received even better if your star player cared enough to show up and accept her award. Gabby Sidibe held down the fort though. That’s why I love that girl, win or lose, you can always count on her to show up.

And the Orange Rising Star Award went to Kristen Stewart, who looked uncomfortable and nervous in Chanel, but gave a very short, sweet and humble speech.

In the end the night definitely belonged to ‘The Hurt Locker.’

Now only few questions  remain…can Kathryn Bigelow’s war thriller repeat in 2 weeks at the Oscars?

And can Firth and Mulligan pull out another victory?  {More on this very topic later on today}

Photo by: Zimbo & AP

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