The BAFTAs – The English Oscars
Labelled as the English Oscars, the Orange British Academy Film Awards – BAFTA – are always followed closely by those in the film industry because it can provide a sneak preview of who will win the Hollywood Oscars in a few weeks’ time.
Although the BAFTAs have a long time tradition to be an Oscar winner give-away, it’s not something set in stone. It can mean that there are quite a few surprises in store, especially when you see the different tastes in movies between North America and Britain!
This year, we have a few movies going head to head on preferences. On the British side of the Ocean we have the most acclaimed and buzzed about film: The King’s Speech with an outstanding performance from Colin Firth and on the other side of the Atlantic, we have the Social Network, looking like the Hollywood’s most likely choice for movie of the year award. After all, the phenomenon that started in a University dorm room and spread to a global success is quite the success story and has captured the hearts of North America!
But, hey, let’s focus on the BAFTAs! This is the best opportunity that we common mortals get for some celebrity spotting! Instead of lurking around Hampstead outside the Ivy – places where celebrities are most seen in London – you can simply be in one place and gaze at the human stars!
This Sunday, it will be the awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. You might think that you don’t have a chance to be near the red carpet, but at Kaplan we have the inside scoop for you. Of course we do! You can get a wristband for free, giving you access to the Red Carpet public area. Yes, the red carpet! Is there a catch for this amazing offer? You bet! You’ll have to queue from early dawn on Sunday to get one! Wristbands will be available from the public queuing area under the colonnades of the Theatre Royal on Russell Street from 8am on Sunday 13 February. Same people are devoted enough to sleep by the door the night before, so take your chances!
Who will you be able to see? Well, have a look at the nominees for the principal categories this year, who will most certainly be there on Sunday!
BLACK SWAN – Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
INCEPTION – Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
THE KING’S SPEECH – Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
THE SOCIAL NETWORK – Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
TRUE GRIT – Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
127 HOURS – Danny Boyle
BLACK SWAN – Darren Aronofsky
INCEPTION – Christopher Nolan
THE KING’S SPEECH – Tom Hooper
THE SOCIAL NETWORK – David Fincher
JAVIER BARDEM – Biutiful
JEFF BRIDGES – True Grit
JESSE EISENBERG – The Social Network
COLIN FIRTH – The King’s Speech
JAMES FRANCO – 127 Hours
ANNETTE BENING – The Kids Are All Right
JULIANNE MOORE – The Kids Are All Right
NATALIE PORTMAN – Black Swan
NOOMI RAPACE – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HAILEE STEINFELD – True Grit
We wish you good luck and hope that you will share a few pictures with us on Monday!
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