Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Six wins for speculative fiction movies and actors at the BAFTA Film Awards

Two awards shows were held on Sunday, the Grammy Awards and the BAFTA Film Awards.  Speculative fiction managed to do well at both shows with six BAFTA wins and two Grammy wins.  I'll write about the Grammy Awards tomorrow.  Today belongs to the BAFTA winners.

The most nominated speculative fiction film at the BAFTA Awards was "Arrival" with nine nominations.  It managed to win only one category: Arrival wins a BAFTA for Sound.

Sylvain Bellemare, Claude La Haye and Bernard Gariépy Strobl collect the award for Sound for their work on Arrival.
I thought "La La Land" or "Hacksaw Ridge" would win this category.  I'm glad I was wrong.

The next most nominated speculative fiction film was "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" with five nominations.  It also won only one category: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wins Production Design.

Anna Pinnock and James Hambridge collect the award for Production Design for their work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
That's another award I thought would go to "La La Land."  I guess 1920s New York makes for better inspiration than modern Los Angeles.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the winners.

I had no idea who would win Special Visual Effects except that it would be a speculative fiction film, as all five nominees belonged to the genre.  The winner was the one film nominated only in this category: The Jungle Book wins Special Visual Effects.

The team behind the Jungle Book receive the award for Special Visual Effects at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017.
Now the interview.

Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones and Adam Valdez speak to Zoe Ball about their win for Special Visual Effects for The Jungle Book. EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017.
Congratulations for winning against such stiff competition!

Speaking of family-friendly fantasy movies, I did go wrong expecting to "Zootopia" win Best Animated Film.  Instead, Kubo and the Two Strings wins Animated Film.

Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight collects the award for Animated Film at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017.
In the interview, Knight is just as surprised as I am, as he beat three films by either Disney or Pixar.

Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight talks to Zoe Ball about his Animated Film win.
I mentioned that the Farsi-language horror film "Under the Shadow" was nominated for Outstanding British Film.  It didn't win that (the award went to "I, Daniel Blake" as I expected), but it was nominated for another award that I missed on Saturday, which it won: Under The Shadow wins Outstanding Debut.

Under The Shadow creators collect their award for Outstanding Debut.
Finally, here's a category I completely missed, the Rising Star Award.  I didn't realize that one of the actors is the current Spiderman and he won: Tom Holland wins EE Rising Star award.

Spiderman star Tom Holland wins the EE Rising Star award at the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2017.
With that, every part of speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and superheroes, were all recognized.  That's a very good night!

I might return to the BAFTA Awards to highlight diversity in a future post, but that won't happen tomorrow.  That belongs to music and the Grammys.  Stay tuned.

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