BAFTAs get it right (mostly), “Three Billboards” wins big


Allison Janney portrays LaVona Golden in I, Tonya.

Sure, they were displaying a little “Home Isles” bias, giving Martin McDonaugh’s film five top prizes. But the British Academy of Film and Television honored “Three Billboards” at the expense of the grossly over-rated “Shape of Water” in a big way, letting Guillermo del Toro take home the best directing prize and two others.

McDormand, Rockwell, Best Picture, etc. for “Three Billboards.”

They gave extremely short shrift to Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece, “Dunkirk.” Five years from now, “Dunkirk” and “Three Billboards” will still be drawing streaming and TV audiences. “Best Adapted Screenplay” winner James Ivory’s take on “Call Me By Your Name?” The gay audience will still connect with it, at least.

Twenty years from now, “Dunkirk” will still dominate Veterans Day/Memorial Day and “Movies for Guys Who Love Movies” programming.

Janney winning again for “I, Tonya” makes her a foregone Oscar conclusion. Gary Oldman’s “Darkest Hour” win should be as well (but you never know).

I still think Willem Dafoe, overdue for a CAREER award, has a shot at best supporting actor. Rockwell’s great and all, but, I mean come on.



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3 Responses to BAFTAs get it right (mostly), “Three Billboards” wins big

  1. Keith says:

    I agree “The Shape of Water” is grossly overrated but I think the same for “Three Billboards”. For me it was an aimless and frustrating mess. Unfortunately I don’t see any hope for suspense come Oscar night. I’m thinking BAFTA’s winners in all six of the ‘big categories’ will also win on Oscar night.

    • “Suspense” disappeared a few years back, with fivethirtyeight and obsessive Oscar watchers pointing out the ebb and flow of Awards Season momentum. “Three Billboards” has political heft and currency and a bit of a pat ending. I’d rather see that or “Get Out” win, frankly. Took the girlfriend to “The Post” last night, and the acting in that is on a whole other plane, Streep and Hanks lifting their storied games to a whole new level of subtle. “Dunkirk” is still the year’s gold standard, I think. But Oscars will be Oscars, and sometimes the winners are only remembered at all for their Oscar win. Who has watched “The Artist” or “Crash” or “English Patient” et al since their wins?

      • Keith says:

        Confession: I do love “The Artist”. “Crash”, not so much. I’m all with you on “Dunkirk”. Sadly the Academy will feel nominations for it are enough. “The Post” is interesting to me. I was really into it until the final act when Spielberg stages scene after scene as if he’s afraid we won’t get the importance of them.

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