The BAFTA Long List Nominations and the Arrival of Awards Season

Playing a bit of catch-up here. I meant to write about this when I saw the article pass through my twitter feed last Friday, but as with many other things it got lost in what I was doing and was pushed away. So, here I sit writing a post that is a bit dated. But, here it is nonetheless.

On Friday, January 6, the film section of the Guardian gave the rundown on the long list of BAFTA nominees. This made me very excited because having the BAFTA long list out means that awards season is right around the corner. (And I always get excited during movie awards season…And speaking of right the corner, let’s not forget that the Golden Globes are this weekend!)

Anyway, it was pretty interesting to see what is currently on the table as possible short list nominees for the BAFTAs, but honestly it wasn’t anything too shocking. The movies that were listed under the best picture category, which included Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, My Week with Marilyn, War Horse, etc, were all movies that I expected to see listed. I honestly might have been more shocked had I pulled up this list and seen Harold and Kumar’s Christmas.

And this got me thinking. Aren’t these awards supposed to show us the best of the best? What we consider the “elite films” of the year? They are supposed to shock us and make us think and be mind blowing, right? Well, why are they always a similar type of movie? Shouldn’t we be looking for new innovations?

I guess I don’t really have any answers to my own questions. And I’m certainly not saying that the films that were given nods as possible nominations shouldn’t be there. Not at all, they are spectacular films (the ones I’ve seen anyway). All I’m asking is, are we falling into a rut with what we consider “award winning”?

In any case, I’m still looking forward to the awards season and all of the fun that comes with it. I can’t wait to see what makes the short list for the BAFTAs, and what films get nominations for the Academy awards (which aren’t too far away either).

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