The often considered to be the British counterpart of the Academy Awards (The Oscars) will be taking place on Sunday 16th February. Like every year since 2008, the ceremony of the British Academy of Films and Televisions Arts (BAFTA) Awards will take place at the Royal Opera House.
As in previous years, there will be opportunities for the public to view the red carpet and watch the excitement of the stars arriving for the evening!!
This year it will be the 67th edition of these awards, where the red carpet will roll again in the Royal Opera House. Some of the winners from last year included Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ (7 nominations and 3 wins), Tom Hooper’s musical ‘Les Miserables’ (9 nominations and 4 wins), ‘Life of Pi’ of Ang Lee (9 nominations and 2 wins), the most nominated of the year ‘Lincoln’ (10 nominations and 1 win) and the latest film from the James Bond saga, ‘Skyfall’ (8 nominations and 2 wins).
On this occasion, things are going to be interesting with the nominations. ‘Twelve years a slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ have 10 nominations each one, making them the two favourites. Close to that number should be Gravity, the film starred by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock counts with 11 nominations; and ‘Captain Phillips’, the American film based in the history of a merchant marine by pirates.
And what about the actors and actresses? On 2013, Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained); and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) respectively were the best actors/actresses in a Leading and Supporting role.
This year, the nominated ones are not just from the favourite films. In the “Best Actor in a Leading Role” award, we have three well-known names: Christian Bale (American Hustle), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), also the veteran Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a slave). The last one, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is one of the favourites to win this award for his role in 12 Years a slave, interpreting Salomon Northup: a free-born African American forced to be a slave during 12 years.
The nominated to the “Best actor in a Supporting Role” are well-known too: the fastest Daniel Brühl (Niki Lauda in Rush), the limitless Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), a magnetic Michael Fassbender (12 Years a slave), the invictus Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra) and the pirate Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips).
In the other hand, we have the nominees for “Best actress in a Leading Role” award. Judi Dench (Philomena), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Amy Adams (American Hustle) are the five women who are going to ‘fight’ for the award that weekend.
But they won’t be the only women on the red carpet. The nominees for “Best actress in a Supporting Role” award are hitting hard too. Julia Roberts comes back again (August: Osage County), the half Mexican half Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a slave), the TV show host Oprah Winfrey (The Butler), the very “hungry” Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), and the “happy” and “lucky” Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine).
For more information about getting access to the red carpet please follow this link http://www.bafta.org/film/awards/film-awards-red-carpet-access,2355,BA.html
If you would like to know more about the Royal Opera House, you can go there and see that magnificent building. From our hostels, you’ll have to take the Jubilee Line Southbound to Green Park, and then change to the Piccadilly Line Eastbound to Covent Garden. Once in the street, you only have to walk two minutes.