I can’t remember if I watched the BAFTAs last year, but I certainly did last night! It was a good show all round really; even with American heavy weights such as Leonardo Dicaprio and Oprah Winfrey present, it was a night for Brits.
The show got started with some British music from Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula.
Steve McQueen became the first black film maker to win a BAFTA for Best Film (12 Years A Slave), in the charity awards 67 year history! Mr Chiwetel Ejiofor was the best Leading Actor on the night for the same film.
One of the nicest surprises of the night was Barkhad Abdi winning best Supporting Actor. Usually behind the camera directing music videos, Somalian-born Abdi attend an open call audition to win the role, starring alongside acting legend Tom Hanks in Captain Philips. I was also happy for Will Poulter who piped Lupita Nyong’o to the Rising Star Award. I liked him in the Chronicles of Narnia and Wild Bill, which you must see if you haven’t already!
Overall, Gravity was the big winner of the night picking up 6 awards from 11 nominations at a well-attended show, even Mr. and Mrs. Smith came out to play…Bring on the Oscars!
So, I am sure you all saw the UK’s Channel 4 interview with film director Quinten Tarintino (QT), if not click here or find it on You Tube. Either way you have to see it! I thought it was quite funny. There is no doubt that QT films are unique; he has created a brand so you know what to expect when witnessing his work. Besides letting you know that he will ‘shut your butt down!’ QT welcomes the debate/controversy that his latest film ‘Django Unchained’ has garnered, and there has been a lot! Django Unchained is not officially released in the UK (January 18th 2013) but in a few days the British public will able to gallop through the convoluted corridors of Quinten Tarintino’s imagination. At a post-Christmas house-warming, a friend of mine asked me if I will watch the film; at that point I wasn’t sure but after watching QT’s interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy on Channel 4, I probably will. I know that I’ll find it hard to watch, as any film depicting any facet of slavery does hit a raw nerve but I want to see QT’s version of events. There are two main controversial aspects of the film, which has already made over $100 million in the US and is predicted to be QT’s highest grossing film ever (who said slavery doesn’t pay?!). Critics say, there is something for everyone to hate in this film, but two aspects stand out – the use of the word ‘nigger’ and the sale of action figure dolls of the characters on Amazon US for $299 (here is the link). Now, you could argue that this film is just a fantasy so what is wrong with having action figures? Afterall, marketing of this kind has been done for several films in the past. QT did say that he created Django Unchained so that African-American men would have a hero, who takes revenge on white racists.