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Bafta awards nominations announced

Posted at 4:30 pm, January 17, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

Dreams of  a LifeThe nominations for this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards were announced this morning, to a chorus of both praise and outrage. The list contains most of the established awards frontrunners – ‘The Artist’, ‘The Descendants’, ‘Drive’ – with Bafta’s usual tendency to err slightly on the side of British cinema, hence a welcome Best Picture nomination for ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’. But still, in a strong year for British cinema, this is a peculiarly conservative and Hollywood-friendly list: is ‘The Help’ really a better film than, say, ‘Wuthering Heights’ or ‘Shame’? Was Michael Smiley’s supporting performance in ‘Kill List’ really worse than Philip Seymour Hoffman’s in ‘The Ides of March’? Is Scorsese’s ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’ more deserving of a documentary award  than ‘Dreams of a Life’ (above)? And, most outrageously of all, how can the Academy justify overlooking Olivia Colman’s frankly astonishing performance in ‘Tyrannosaur’? We like to think of the Baftas as a little more daring and unpredictable than the Oscars – but this year, the tables may have turned.

Read the full list of nominations at bafta.org and keep an eye on timeout.com/film for all the latest awards announcements and commentary.

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