After what could be called a senseless Golden Globes, these Bafta Nominations restore some normality, but not oodles of it. Let's see how they went shall we? Predicted winners in bold and gold. Because that's how I play.
AVATAR James Cameron, Jon Landau - Looks like the film to beat at this point. I've ran out of exasperation to communicate.
AN EDUCATION Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer - Interesting.
THE HURT LOCKER Nominees TBC - From this selection I hope it wins and hope hard.
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness - The only film with a shot at displacing Avatar ot the Oscars, based on Oprah power alone.
UP IN THE AIR Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, Daniel Dubiecki - A screenplay award beckons.
AVATAR James Cameron - I used to like Cameron. He's made several films that birthed film-lovers everywhere. But how I hope he doesn't win.
DISTRICT 9 Neill Blomkamp - Awesome. Deserved nomination I didn't expect. Fair play Bafta.
AN EDUCATION Lone Scherfig - They've gone for this film hard
THE HURT LOCKER Kathryn Bigelow - Bigelow deserves it, but won't get it I think.
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Quentin Tarantino - That marks two for Tarantino. An Oscar nom is a certainty now.
THE HANGOVER Jon Lucas, Scott Moore - Again Bafta shoots for acceptance and lands. I love that this can happen.
THE HURT LOCKER Mark Boal - Its good to see the Hurt Locker get such recognition.
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Quentin Tarantino - I think this is Tarantino's tbh. Its usually his award anyway.
A SERIOUS MAN Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - Deserved, but the Coen's have won a little too much of late. So don't expect a win here.
UP Bob Peterson, Pete Docter - Pixar scoops so many writing nominations its hilarious. It goes to show why they're so good though doesn't it.
DISTRICT 9 Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - Good for Bafta again.
AN EDUCATION Nick Hornby - He's a famous british writer, so obviously.
IN THE LOOP Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche - This film should be up for more then this. It was fucking rad.
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious is going to take exactly jack shit at the Bafta's, but its a force stateside.
UP IN THE AIR Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner - The winner I think, as Reitman continues to make his name.
JEFF BRIDGES Crazy Heart - I think the Oscar is his, but not this one. Bridges is a legend though so, I wouldn't be in any way annoyed.
GEORGE CLOONEY Up in the Air - Clooney is a regular fixture at these things for a reason.
COLIN FIRTH A Single Man - The winner here, for both legacy and for being British. Watch it happen.
JEREMY RENNER The Hurt Locker - Probably my favorite, but a nomination is a win for Renner.
ANDY SERKIS Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - British throwaway. Not much to be said.
CAREY MULLIGAN An Education - Deserved, continuing acareer making award season for Mulligan.
SAOIRSE RONAN The Lovely Bones - A bit out of the blue, but fair enough. Ronan's second Bafta nom by the way. Before she's even twenty.
GABOUREY SIDIBE Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire - Again, a genuine possibility for the Oscars, but not enough Brits have seen this film.
MERYL STREEP Julie & Julia - Because she's Meryl Streep. I found her shrill and annoying.
AUDREY TAUTOU Coco Before Chanel - Good. I liked this performance and its good to see t turn up somewhere.
ALEC BALDWIN It’s Complicated - The only representation for this film. The way it should be.
CHRISTIAN McKAY Me and Orson Welles - A slight random but OK I guess.
ALFRED MOLINA An Education - Again, they really went nuts for this film, hence Molina's presence here.
STANLEY TUCCI The Lovely Bones - The only mainstay representation for The lovely Bones really. Tucci deserves it over time.
CHRISTOPH WALTZ Inglourious Basterds - The real standout here. A weak category otherwise.
ANNE-MARIE DUFF Nowhere Boy - I think BAFTA went a little insane in this category. That can be the only explanation for two acting nominations for Nowhere Boy.
VERA FARMIGA Up in the Air - The stronger of the two Up In The Air performances here I think.
ANNA KENDRICK Up in the Air - Now Twilight has some Bafta nominated credibility. sweet.
MO’NIQUE Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire - The only real contender in what is usually a weak category anyway. Damn you sexist industry.
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS Nowhere Boy - I like Scott Thomas, but if this is warranted then I am God, and from that sentence I'm either right or the almighty.