"The hurt locker" won the top prize at the BAFTA awards this Saturday, earning the awards for Best picture, best director for Kathryn Bingelow, best cinematography, best editing and best original screenplay. The Iraqi film won the prize over "Avatar", "an education", "Up in the air". and "Precious". The film is now set for gold at the Academy Awards come March 7th as the movie has won the producer's guild award, the writer's guild award, and the Director's guild award. It's only upset has been at the Golden Globes when "Avatar" took home the globe for best director and best motion picture - drama, upsetting critics and fans of THL alike. "Avatar" does have a huge fan base though and although it would be a surprise if it won the Academy Award for best picture, it is not impossible.
"Avatar" did not leave empty handed though, winning best achievement in special effects and production design. The film is set to win both of those awards at the Academy Awards, but whether it will win the bigger awards depends entirely on the Academy.
The award for best outstanding British of the year went to "Fish tank", a surprise win seeing as it beat over "An education" who was also nominated for Best Picture. "Fish tank" tells the story of a 15 year old in the inner city of London as she deals with her mother bringing home a new boyfriend. The film also won the Jury prize at Cannes as has been recognized as a hidden gem this year. "An education" was not left empty handed though as the main actress, Carey Mulligan, won the best actress award beating out favorite Meryl Streep. The two of them will compete against Sandra Bullock for the Oscar, and although Bullock is the favorite after winning the SAG, the Globe and critic's choice, there might be a surprise if the academy decides to favor Hollywood royalty or the votes split and Mulligan gets the prize.
In what might be the biggest and best surprise of the night, Colin Firth won the BAFTA for best actor, beating out Jeff Bridges who has won most awards since the season started including the SAG and the golden globes. Firth starred as a homosexual English professor in the Tom Ford film "A single man" and although the performance was outstanding, it went unnoticed as it didn't do so well at the box office, and the accolades went to five time Oscar nominee, Jeff Bridges for "Crazy heart".
In no surprise at all, Christoph Waltz ("inglourious basterds"), Mo'nique ("Precious"), and "Up" continued its streak of awards winning best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best animated feature. "Up in the air" also won best adapted screenplay, setting the stage for its Oscar moment come March 7th.
The French film ,"un prophete" ("A prophet"), beat the Golden Globe winner for best foreign language film "The white ribbon" for the homologous category tonight, perhaps suggesting that the crime prison drama will beat out the WW1 film at the Academy Awards. Other nominees included "Coco avant chanel", "Let the right one in", and "The broken embraces"
The Orange Rising Star award was given to Kristen Stewart, who won it over Jesse Eisenberg and Carey Mulligan.