THE RYDGES POST
The BAFTA Awards 2014 have come and gone and have confirmed favouritism for an Oscar going to Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine on March 2. Picking up both a Golden Globe and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award pretty much makes anyone unbackable. The only possible negative backlash in the last minute voting could be because of Dylan Farrow’s accusations of child abuse against writer/director, Woody Allen – not that the two issues should be in any way associated.
On accepting her Leading Actress BAFTA, Cate dedicated the award to her friend, Philip Seymour Hoffmann who died of a heroin overdose a couple of weeks ago. In the speech she said, "You raised the bar continually so very, very high and I guess all we can do in your absence is to try and raise it continually through our work…"So Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard, I hope you are proud." The competition for Best Actress was pretty formidable – Judi Dench in Philomena, Sandra Bullock in Gravity, Amy Adams in American Hustle and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks. It is her third BAFTA (also for The Aviator and Elizabeth).
Other BAFTA winners include Philomena (Adapted Screenplay), Gravity (Original Film Music, Cinematography, Sound, Visual Effects, Director and Outstanding British Film ) and 12 Years a Slave (Leading Actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor plus Best Film). Also on the Aussie front, Baz Luhrmann missed out on a Best Director nomination but his other hald, Catherine Martin, took out two BAFTAs for The Great Gatsby (production design and costume design).