Sunday, April 14, 2024

BAFTA– British Academy Awards– This Afternoon Have Jinxed the Oscar Front Runner for Best Picture Since 2014


Well, we’re waiting for two things– the BAFTA Awards from Britain and the NBA All Star Game.

BAFTA comes first, but don’t expect the Brits to choose our Best Picture for the Oscars. They’ve been getting it wrong lately.

Last year, of course, the BAFTA went to “La La Land.” We all know how that turned out. “Moonlight” was the really surprising winner of our Oscar.

In 2016, BAFTA went for “The Revenant.” Luckily, our Academy dubbed “Spotlight” Best Picture. Sometimes the bear eats you, sometimes you eat the bear.

For 2015, BAFTA warmed to Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” which I thought was the right choice. But in America, the meta-theater piece “Birdman” flew away with Best Picture.

You’re getting the idea.

If you want to see BAFTA and our Academy on the same page, you have to go back to 2014 and “Argo.” For several years preceding, the two Academies were also in agreement on “The Hurt Locker,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Artist,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

Will they go for hometown boy Christopher Nolan and “Dunkirk” this year? Or will the Best Picture award go to “The Shape of Water”? We’ll know the answer around 6pm Eastern, right before the NBA where more important debates will ensue.

PS Someone at BAFTA should fix their website so the database is usable.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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