The shortlist for this years BAFTAs has now been announced. Here is my take on the nominations.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by hoomach

    on 16 Jan 2014 21:36

    I am probably in a minority of one but saw Gravity and Saving Mr Banks back to back last week and thought Saving Mr Banks was a better film by quite some distance.

    Gravity was visually stunning yes - but the story was one dimensional and insipid. What blew it for me and my partner was when Sandra Bullock stepped out of her space suit looking like something out of a lingerie catalogue. Despite being in space for some time her legs and arm pits were perfectly smooth and clear of hair/stubble. And despite her declaring explicitly at the start of the film that she felt sick and then being spun here, there and everywhere there was no vomit, no urine and barely a hint of blood or bruising. At that point any hint of realism went right out the window.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by SWviewer

    on 14 Jan 2014 12:41

    Doubtless Mark will be delighted with this vindication of one of the golden rules of viewing - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25726591

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by ind1940

    on 14 Jan 2014 11:21

    I read your review in the Observer and thought it excellent. However,you said that you had to look away several times because of what was happening on screen. I think that it is important that one sees just how inhumane the slave trade was. This whole history should be taught in schools, warts and all. Britain was heavily involved in the trade. My own grandparents replaced the slaves as did many Indians. Their treatment was no better than that of the slaves. Tara

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Brian - New Forest

    on 14 Jan 2014 04:38

    Re: Her
    The planned UK release date of Her is February 14th 2014. The eligibility requirements for BAFTA states: Films must be released theatrically in the UK, within BAFTA’s Awards year: 1 January to 31 December 2013 . Films that open between 1 January and 14 February 2014 inclusive may be ‘qualified’ by distributors by being screened to voters no later than 19 December 2013.

    Perhaps the distributors didn't attempt to "qualify" their film. Personally I dislike this practice as it allows the BAFTA's to be awarded to films that haven't even had a proper theatrical run in the UK before the ceremony (and in the past instances where release dates shifted to AFTER without the nominations withdrawn), and seems only to exist to allow nomination of films released earlier in the States so that the nominations may include likely Globes and Oscar fodder. This gives the BAFTA's a distinctly "me, too" feeling in the awards calendar (anyone remember back when the BAFTA's were awarded months after the Oscars?). On the other hand this year excluding movies "qualified" in this manner would axe 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, which are tied for the second most numerically gifted by BAFTA noms. But at least they're both out more than a month before the ceremony as opposed to Her which is released two days before.

    While it's nice to see film-makers patting each other on the back in the name of marketing, and we want what we like to gain recognition, the only real reward for films is revenue. It's what grants the "creatives" further opportunities to make more of the same. So see your favorites multiple times. Buy the disc and the T-shirt and get everyone else you know to do the same.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by robg

    on 12 Jan 2014 20:02

    I enjoyed Gravity as far as the spectacle was concerned, and I do have respect for the physical effort expended by Sandra Bullock to bring her character to the screen. But I agree with other contributors here that it should not be considered Best Picture worthy. If it does win, I fear that it will suffer the same fate as Titanic, in that retrospect will not look kindly upon it beyond its technical achievements. I have serious questions about its 'rewatchability' and its transition to the small screen, let alone 2D. I for one will not be clamouring to invest in the bluray on release. After all, what is there to get excited about second time around?

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Jessica Speed

    on 11 Jan 2014 11:42

    And the Kermode award for best picture goes to...... Movie 43

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by CORNISH DARREN FEWINS

    on 11 Jan 2014 11:25

    Re: Best Picture at the Kermodes, the bank have authorised my remortgage and the bookies have accepted by bet!

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by KamiTheGamer

    on 11 Jan 2014 04:00

    Gravity is an incredible technical marvel; but as has been mentioned, it's not really the best of the last year. I know it's primed to walk away with the award; and perhaps that would be a triumph for the British Film Industry as a whole, attracting new attention and bringing new business to the likes of Pinewood for the new visual wizardry. But it seems a shallow, superficial reason. "It's good for business!" isn't exactly the kind of justification that sits right with me. Believe me, I get this enough in my other hobby, thanks. And I don't believe them either!

    Still, waiting on the Kermodes. That said, forgive me for noticing but I only saw three animated movies. Frozen no doubt will dance away with that award, but I didn't realise 2013 was so slim a year for animated movies?

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Verschrankung

    on 11 Jan 2014 00:44

    "Her" is the best movie I have seen in the last 12 months and by some distance. Given the selection committee's penchant for the worthy, predictable and banal It wasn't surprising to see the movie didn't pick up a single nomination. I'd have almost been disappointed if it did.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 10 Jan 2014 20:54

    Great to see The Act of Killing getting the nods it deserves. I just lent the DVD , and trying to describe it, I said on the cover it has an E certificate, which means it is Exempt from classification. That I said, IS !! my review. It is indeed exempt. Unique, strange ,a horror film without horror/ a divine dissection on what it is not to be human .Sickening and beautiful, I could go on and on. Psychiatrists are going to have a field day.

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