Helen Mirren – The Queen
Judi Dench - Notes on a Scandal
Kate Winslet - Little Children
Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada
Penelope Cruz - Volver
So, after much consideration (and consoling myself), I realise that even BAFTA, for all their genius, aren’t likely to nominate Baquero. Although they’re not strangers to awarding foreign performances, I think the factor working against Baquero here is her age. BAFTA aren’t too keen to nominate child performances, however brilliant (Haley for The Sixth Sense also missed the cut), and therefore, the Best Actress from BAFTA this year will be suspiciously similar to that of Oscars.
Cillian Murphy - The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland
Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed
Peter O'Toole - Venus
I thought about having Clive Owen’s performance in there (BAFTA love him, they gave him the win for Closer in ’05), but alas, I think he’ll provide the opportunity cost for fellow Brit Cillian Murphy getting in there for his brilliant, intense performance in the otherwise dull The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Also, I considered Smith, but The Pursuit of Happyness wasn’t received too well by critics over here. And yes, Leo for the Double. Because I say so.
Best Supporting Actor
Bill Nighy - Notes On A Scandal
Brad Pitt - Babel
Djimon Hounsou - Blood Diamond
James McAvoy - The Last King of Scotland
Michael Sheen - The Queen
Three Brits, and two acclaimed performance. I think that seems about right. And the McAvoy pick might be slight wishful thinking on my part, but, then again, he DID win the Rising Star Award last year, so the BAFTAs like the cute man.
Best Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza – Babel
Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada
Frances de la Tour - The History Boys
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi – Babel
Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Emily!! The two performances in Babel have been extremely acclaimed, and Babel’s been received OK over hee. I’m not sure about Hudson, I have her in there for the overall acclaim factor, though even if she doesn’t get the BAFTA nom, she’ll still be frontrunner.
Best Foreign Film
The Child (L'Enfant)
The Page Turner (Tourneuse de pages, La)
Pan's Labyrinth (Laberinto del Fauno, El)
Zidane - A 21st Century Portrait (Zidane, un portrait du 21e siecle)
This would be the perfect lineup; whether or not BAFTA oblige, is up to them.
Notes On A Scandal
I’d really like to think that BAFTA, unlike the various brainless awards, can see Little Miss Sunshine and United 93 for what they are: turds. The Pan’s Labyrinth prediction is VERY hopeful from me, but… but… you know…
Children Of Men
There’s always a lone director; Cuaron’s work was highly acclaimed over here.
Oh yes, and the WGA noms come out today. Random stabs in the dark:
Best Adapted Screenplay
"Children of Men," Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton
"The Departed," William Monahan
"The Devil Wears Prada," Aline Brosh McKenna
"Notes on a Scandal," Patrick Marber
"Little Children," Todd Field, Tom Perotta
Best Original Screenplay
"Babel," Guillermo Arriaga
"Little Miss Sunshine," Michael Arndt
"Pan's Labyrinth," Guillermo del Toro
"The Queen," Peter Morgan
"Stranger than Fiction," Zach Helm