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Friday 10 January 2014, 13:52

Rhianna Dhillon Rhianna Dhillon Movie Critic

BAFTA nominations are in and there are some brilliant films that have been given the recognition they deserve. Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle are in the double figures, nominations wise, with Captain Phillips just behind with 9.  All 5 star films (in my opinion) but what about the films that were overlooked? What’s going to happen to them? Nothing probably but I thought I’d give them a little nod and a wink to show that I love them, even if BAFTA don’t. Instead of completely rewriting the list of nominees (because I don’t entirely disagree with BAFTA), I’m tagging one to take out and putting another in to replace it for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress.

 

Best Film nominees –

 

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Philomena

 

I’m taking out Philomena and putting Filth in. Philomena was a fantastic film. Steve Coogan’s turn as journalist Martin Sixsmith was quite eye-opening as he proved that he could do subtle, straight, engaging acting that didn’t dip into the ridiculous and even made audiences relate to him. My issue was that Judi Dench’s character, the eponymous Philomena who is searching for the child she was forced to give up, was too hammed up, too much of a stereotype, although hers and Martin’s relationship was a wonder to behold. It’s also the third in the category of best film which is based on a true story, alongside Captain Phillips and 12 Years a Slave. What I loved about Filth was the way it took uniqueness and originality and beat you around the head with it. There’s almost nothing to compare it to and that’s down to the brilliantly messed up mind of author Irvine Welsh and the gleeful James McAvoy who throws himself wholly into the role of screwed up cop Bruce Robertson. So I’m sure you can guess who I’m going to nominate for Best Actor…

 

Best Actor nominees –

 

Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

 

Bruce Dern is out, McAvoy is IN. Bruce Dern gave a great performance in Nebraska, he plays an old man plagued with a dementia of sorts, hell bent on getting to Nebraska because he thinks he’s won some money. He’s very convincing, it’s a tragicomedy which is subtle and uplifting in parts but boundaries aren’t pushed in quite the same way. McAvoy left me with an enormous smile on my face (and I don’t just mean after my interview) and tears in my eyes at the same time. I left the screening talking about him and the extremity of his character and it was a performance that I’ve revisited loads of times in my head since seeing Filth. I haven’t done the same with Bruce Dern.

 

Best Actress nominees –

 

Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Judi Dench (Philomena)

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)

 

It goes without saying that Sandra Bullock deserves a place in this category, absolutely, definitely yes. Cate Blanchett was fabulous as the uptight, neurotic Jasmine in Woody Allen’s latest and Emma Thompson’s brittle, rude and very English PL Travers in Saving Mr Banks was wonderful. I’ve never hugely taken to Amy Adams for some reason and I think she is completely outshone by Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle, so for that reason, she is out of my BAFTA for Best Actress running and Naomie Harris is IN. Why on EARTH wasn’t she nominated in the first place? This is the biggest travesty of all. Her performance as Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was sensational, she toyed with your emotions, she ripped tears from you and you gaped at her dignity. She also acted Idris Elba off the screen.

 

Any other suggestions? Tweet me @BBCR1Rhianna

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