Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity led the nominations for 2014 BAFTAs, receiving 11 nominations, including best film, director and outstanding British film. While Gravity is about as British as The Great Gatsby is Australian, its British production company apparently makes it eligible for the category. David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave were close behind Gravity with 9 nominations each, including somewhat surprising nominations for Amy Adams and Christian Bale in the leading actress/actor categories. Adams in a particular is quite the surprise, receiving a nomination ahead of one of the undeniable favourites, Meryl Streep. I can understand the love for Gravity and 12 Years, but I’m baffled by the love for American Hustle. I wonder if people just love those involved and not the actual film?
Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club, which has been favoured by American critics’ associations and the powerful guilds (DGA, PGA, SAG) missed out completely, as did the wonderful Her, from Spike Jonze. Inside Lleweyn Davis gains three nominations here, but is yet to get much momentum behind it in the lead up to the Academy Awards.
I was delighted to see writer/director Paul Wright nominated for outstanding début by a British writer, director or producer (alongside producer Polly Stokes) for the incredible For Those in Peril. I had the utter delight to meet and speak with Paul after the screening of his film at Sydney Film Festival and he was extremely humble and honestly just so chuffed that people liked his film.
The BAFTAs will be awarded on February 16. The full list of nominations are after the jump.
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