On the 18th of January, the official nominees for the 2011 BAFTAs were announced. Although less prestigious than the Oscars, the BAFTAs are one of the biggest awards that actors and movie makers can win.
Here’s a look at which actresses were nominated for Leading Actress, and the films they starred in. It’s a good preview for the BAFTAs ceremony on February 13th, and I’ve included my predictions as well.
Annette Bening for “The Kids Are All Right”
In a unique turn of events, both of the stars of “The Kids Are All Right” have been nominated for the Leading Actress BAFTA. “The Kids Are All Right” is the story of a family. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a couple who have two children (thanks to artificial insemination). The film takes place when their kids are teenagers, and are searching for their own identities–including finding their donor father. Annette Bening has been a major presence in Hollywood for a long time, so I’m glad that she’s gotten this nod from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Bening already took home a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for “The Kids Are All Right”.
Julianne Moore for “The Kids Are All Right”
Julianne Moore is nominated against “The Kids Are All Right” co-star Annette Bening. She lost out to her costar at the Golden Globes, and I don’t think she’s going to take home the BAFTA either. However, Moore put in a great performance. After movies like “A Single Man” in 2009 and “The Kids Are All Right” in 2010, I’m excited to see what she does next.
Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”
At the recent Golden Globe award ceremony, Natalie Portman brought home the coveted award of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama. Award ceremonies normally favor drama performances, especially over action or comedy, so I think Portman could very well bring home her second award for her role in “Black Swan”.
Noomi Rapace for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
The biggest surprise, for me, among the Leading Actress BAFTA nominations was Noomi Rapace for her role in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Although Rapace had been in two films before taking on the role of Lisbeth Salander, this is the role that is making her career. I think it’s a huge tribute to her that she was nominated for this role. However, I don’t think she has a very good chance of bringing home the prize this year.
Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit”
Western “True Grit” could easily have been just a guy movie. However, newcomer Hailee Steinfeld held her own against costars like Jeff Bridges (nominated for the Leading Actor BAFTA ). Could fifteen-year-old Steinfeld bring home a BAFTA? Yes, I think she has a very good chance of it. I’m not sure if it will be for her first movie role in “True Grit” though.