Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Brilliant BAFTAs

Lights, Camera, Aaaaaction!
Here at the Oakeley Arms, we love a good film or two, so we were excited today to see that the 2013 BAFTA nominations have been revealed.
Top of the picks is the Spielberg film Lincoln, an American Civil War epic, which has been nominated for a whopping 10 awards. Musical adventure Les Miserables follows closely behind with 9 nominations, as does fantasy adventure Life of Pi. Our British Bond hero trails a bit behind with 8 nominations for Skyfall, but not for Best Film, although it is up for an award in the Outstanding British Film category.
BAFTA is short for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which was originally founded as the British Film Academy in 1947. It later merged with the television guild, and today it is a registered charity that aims to promote and develop the visual arts in the Britain. Each year, the charity hosts the British Film awards to recognise excellence in the film industry.
So, what are your film highlights of 2012, and which flick are you hoping will scoop the top prize? Share it in the comment box below! And in case you missed it, here's the line up:
Best Actor: Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Lawrence, Dame Helen Mirren, Emmaunelle Riva
For the full list details, see the BBC website, click here. The results will be announced at a glittering ceremony, taking place next month.
Did you know......
Here's a random piece of Hollywood trivia...... Australian film star Russell Crowe's family originally hail from the North Wales town of Wrexham! His great-grandfather was a respected businessman in the town in the early 20th century, but he emigrated to Canada with his wife and 12 of his children in 1925. One son, John, stayed behind to run the family business, but shortly afterwards emigrated to New Zealand and then Australia. John Crowe is Russell's grandfather....
And the town's Odeon cinema are offering tickets for Russell Crowe's latest BAFTA nominated movie Les Miserables, to anyone who can prove a family link to the Crowes! Better dig out that family tree!
Image by Leon Brocard on Wikimedia Commons

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