BAFTA Film Awards 2014: Predictions
The method for determining BAFTA nominations and winners changed this year – and this year, the BAFTA system was changed to match this Oscar process.
So what films should we be looking out for this year?
- Gravity We’re very impressed with this film, especially since one of our Graduates has landed a job working at Frame Store (who were used for the post production on the film and are up for the Special Visual Effects Award at this year’s BAFTA’s.) To find out more about our Visual Effects for Film course and the core areas and software that it covers, visit our website.) Space drama Gravity leads the way at this year’s Baftas, scoring 11 nominations including best film and best British film.
Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space. We predict that its star Sandra Bullock will have a great chance at winning best actress, while Alfonso Cuaron is nominated for best director. Many of our graduates go on to work within the film industry (82% work in the creative industries, in a mixture of freelance and permanent roles) If you are looking to upskill and get the relevant training needed to succeed in a practical role within filmmaking, see our portfolio of One-Year courses.
- American Hustle
The film tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey power brokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Surely this will win some of the awards that it’s been nominated for (nine BAFTA nominations including Best Film) We’re guessing the strongest likelihood is for Best Original Screenplay as it’s very sharp.
- 12 Years a Slave
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses,Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. 12 Years a Slave is the favourite for the Best Film Award but with Gravity close behind in the odds only time will tell whether Steve McQueen will scoop any awards at this year’s BAFTAs. t looks a bit more certain for Lead Actor nominee Chiwetel Ejifor who is front-runner amongst the contenders for that category but the BAFTAs have been known for their upsets before.