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BAFTA Awards: Who will win?

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I’ve always been a firm believer in the power of the BAFTA Awards to give us an idea of how the overall awards-season winds may be shifting. After all, The Hurt Locker tied Avatar with the most nominations at the BAFTAs before it managed the same feat on Oscar nomination day. But then there’s the BAFTA wild card, An Education, which also scored eight nods. The awards ceremony takes place this Sunday in London; here are my predictions for the major categories.

Best Film


An Education

The Hurt Locker


Up In The Air

Ahhh, isn’t it nice to see just five nominees listed? An Education probably has a better chance to take home the Outstanding British Film prize, leaving Avatar and The Hurt Locker to battle it out for Best Film. Even though The Hurt Locker remains the front-runner on this side of the pond, I’m thinking Avatar will win this one.


James Cameron, Avatar

Neill Blomkamp, District 9

Lone Scherfig, An Education

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Clearly this is a race between Cameron and Bigelow. I’m wondering if The Hurt Locker might be too American-indie feeling to sway the British voters, but I still think Bigelow will take it.

Leading Actor

Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

George Clooney, Up In The Air

Colin Firth, A Single Man

Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Andy Serkis, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Firth certainly has a home-field advantage, but Bridges’ performance is likely too seminal to ignore.

Leading Actress

Carey Mulligan, An Education

Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Audrey Tautou, Coco Before Chanel

With Sandra Bullock ineligible (The Blind Side didn’t open there in time), this one’s between Streep and Mulligan. All the love for An Education should push Mulligan over the top.

Supporting Actor

Alec Baldwin, It’s Complicated

Christian McKay, Me And Orson Welles

Alfred Molina, An Education

Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

I don’t see any way Waltz loses here.

Supporting Actress

Anne-Marie Duff, Nowhere Boy

Vera Farmiga, Up In The Air

Anna Kendrick, Up In The Air

Mo’Nique, Precious

Kristin Scott Thomas, Nowhere Boy

It’s Mo’Nique in a landslide, and probably Precious‘ only victory.

Original Screenplay

The Hangover (Jon Lucas, Scott Moore)

The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)

Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)

A Serious Man (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

Up (Bob Peterson, Pete Docter)

Basterds just missed the cut for Best Picture, but my hunch is that it could still top The Hurt Locker in this race.

Adapted Screenplay

District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell)

An Education (Nick Hornby)

In The Loop (Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche)

Precious (Geoffrey Fletcher)

Up In The Air (Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner)

Hornby will put up a great fight, but Up in the Air needs to win something, and this will probably be the one.

Image credit: Kerry Brown