BAFTAs 2013: Snubs and shocks

The surprising moments and shocking omissions from this year’s British Academy Film Awards.

SHOCK! Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ loses out to ‘Brave’
The ‘Sweeney Todd’ helmer was odds-on to win for his brilliantly stop-motion effort, which was hailed by many as a return to form. But somehow ‘Brave’, a decent effort from Pixar but, let’s be honest, far from their greatest work, scooped the prize. Bizarre.

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SNUB! Roger Deakins for ‘Skyfall’

‘Skyfall’ is by far the most beautiful ‘Bond’ film ever made. In fact, it’s one of the prettiest films ever full stop, thanks to ace cinematographer Deakins. Claudio Miranda’s breathtaking work won for ‘Life of Pi’, but it would’ve been nice if us Brits had honoured Deakins instead.

SHOCK! Emmanuelle Riva wins Best Actress

Perhaps the 85-year-old star of ‘Amour’ didn’t expect to win as she wasn’t there to pick up her award. She was stunning in Michael Haneke’s masterly but depressing examination of old age, but Jessica Chastain (‘Zero Dark Thirty’) and Jennifer Lawrence (‘Silver Linings Playbook’) were tipped and, you know, actually in the building. Well done Emmanuelle.

SNUB! ‘Lincoln’ mostly ignored
Lincoln was nominated for 10 awards at the 2013 BAFTAs, but nabbed only one - Daniel Day-Lewis’ almost obligatory Best Actor win. In every other category that didn’t feature the British award magnet, Lincoln was given short shrift by BAFTA judges, giving the impression that this Important Film had to be included, but was too ponderous and too American to actually win a prize.

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SHOCK! Thomas Newman wins for ‘Skyfall’ music

In a heavyweight field including composing giants Alexandre Desplats and the mighty John Williams, it was a surprise, albeit a good one, to see Thomas Newman pick up the Original Music prize for his work on ‘Skyfall’. He wisely paid tribute to Monty Norman and John Barry in his acceptance speech.

SNUB! ‘Zero Dark Thirty’s shut-out
The other losing Best Film nominees - ‘Lincoln’, ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Les Mis’, all won at least one other award as consolation for losing out to ‘Argo’. Except Katherine Bigelow’s Bin Laden assassination flick that is, which went home with nothing, despite five nominations. Did the chatter over its supposed endorsement of torture contribute to its complete and (in our opinion) unwarranted shut-out?