I’ve just done a post for the new trailer to the Oscars but I’d much rather write about something much closer to home when it comes to awards ceremonies and that is the 2012 BAFTA awards. The organisation has just released the longlist which will then be whittled down again to bring five nominations into each category. Very pleased to see Senna in Best Film which makes a mockery of it not being nominated in the longlist for Best Documentary at the Oscars – especially since in my opinion it was not only the best documentary of the year last year but was also my favourite film.
Here’s the blurb from BAFTA with the longlist in PDF format below. Let us know what’s missing from the list or who you think will win.
The Longlist is the result of Round One voting by members of the Academy. With 285 films entered this year, the first round of voting reduced the list of eligible films to 15 in each category*. Round Two voting, which opens today, will reduce these 15 contenders down to the five nominations in each category**. Appearing on the Longlist does not constitute a nomination.
Over 6300 members of the Academy vote in three rounds to decide the Longlist, Nominations and Winners. All members vote in the first two rounds for all categories barring Documentary, Film Not in the English Language and Outstanding British Film, which are voted for by Chapters. The asterisks in the Longlist denote the top five selection of the relevant Chapter***. In the final round, winners are voted for by specialist Chapters in all categories except for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Documentary and Film Not in the English Language and the four performance categories, which are voted for by all members.
Nominations in all categories will be announced on Tuesday 17 January. The winners will be announced at the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 12 February.