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Best Young Creator
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The 2017 BAFTA awards are being held this Sunday, live from the Royal Albert Hall on BBC On from 9pm, with host Stephen Fry taking charge of the ‘British Oscars’ for the 12th time.
Here, we take a look at the nominations and decipher who we expect to win but also, who we would like to see win.
Nominations: ‘Arrival’, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, ‘La La Land’, ‘Manchester by the Sea’, ‘Moonlight’.
All of this year’s nominations are exceptional examples of film-making, spread across different forms, from fantasy with ‘Arrival’ to social-realist drama ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to LGBT drama ‘Moonlight’.
When looking the most likely winner, I have three syllables for you. ‘La La Land’. It is impossible to see how this will not win. It has grabbed much of the pre-award show buzz, and with a historic 14 Oscar and 11 BAFTA nominations it is hard to think it will not win at least half of them. ‘La La Land’ has divided people’s opinions, some labelling it ‘a classic’ and others calling it ‘utter drivel’. Maybe this because it is not your typical musical, like previous multi- Oscar winning productions ‘The Sound of Music’ or ‘Chicago’, and this may have thrown a few people off its unmistakeably charming and powerful scent. For me, it is a masterpiece that I will watch time and time again, and show to my kids time and time again. Every aspect pieces together beautifully, under the watchful eye of Damien Chazelle, from the cinematography, to costume design to the original music. It is a film that makes you feel with every sinew of your body, from happiness to heartbreak.
On a personal note is a possibility that ‘I, Daniel Blake’ will win. The power of this film is plain for all to see, it is not very often a film is debated and referenced so often in Parliamentary debate, and the fact it is based on real stories from real people makes it message even more compelling. Ken Loach is a master of what he does and ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is debatably his best film to date. It would be great to see this win but unfortunately I cannot see anything beating La La Land.
Prediction: La La Land
Personal: I, Daniel Blake.
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Nominations: ‘American Honey’, ‘Denial’, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, ‘Notes on Blindness’, ‘Under the Shadow’.
The one that will push ‘I, Daniel Blake’ furthest will be American Honey- the story of Star, a young adolescent woman running away with a traveling sales crew across Mid-West America- but I still expect Loach’s powerful drama starring Dave Johns and BAFTA nominated Hayley Squires to win.
Prediction: ‘I, Daniel Blake’
Personal: ‘I, Daniel Blake’
Nominations: Dennis Villenue ‘Arrival’, Ken Loach ‘I, Daniel Blake’, Damien Chazelle ‘La La Land’, Kenneth Lonergan ‘Manchester by the Sea’, Tom Ford ‘Nocturnal Animals’.
Again, it’s hard not to believe that Damien Chazelle won’t win an award, whether it be the BAFTA or Oscar. I fully expect him to take both. He was previously BAFTA and Oscar nominated for his fantastic screenplay of the equally fantastic film ‘Whiplash’. He has already won the Golden Globe for Best Director this year. I think every person nominated merits their inclusion, each conjuring exceptional films in their own right, ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is superb and Lonergan has managed to get a career- defining powerhouse of a performance from Casey Affleck and Tom Ford has masterfully written and crafted the film ‘Nocturnal Animals’, based on the book ‘Tony and Susan’. ‘Arrival’ is one of the smartest, most well thought out and best acted Sci-Fi/Fantasy films there have been probably since ‘Gravity’, possibly ‘Interstellar’, and in ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Loach has produced a film that has got people talking and has social inequality/ benefits system to the forefront of the British psyche, an achievement that cannot be understated. However, I think La La Land is an example of any director out there about attention not just to actors and their performance but also locations, cinematography, costume design and music.
Prediction: Damien Chazelle ‘La La Land’
Personal: Damien Chazelle ‘La La Land’
His portrayal of Desmond Doss- who saved 75 men’s lives serving as a combat medic at Hacksaw Ridge during WW2 is mesmerising (Doss is the only person ever to receive the Medal of Honor (the American version of the Victoria Cross) without firing a bullet). If it was up to me, Garfield would be walking away with the BAFTA on Sunday. Both Gyllenhaal and Mortensen give excellent performances but I was surprised not to see Denzel Washington nominated, especially given he won the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) award last week. From the two front runners, I think that Casey Affleck will win. I just don’t think Gosling’s performance in ‘La La Land’, as great as it was, is better or on the same level as Affleck’s in ‘Manchester by the Sea’. Nevertheless, I wonder if the power of ‘La La Land’ will persuade the panel to give Gosling this award?
Prediction: Casey Affleck ‘Manchester by the Sea’
Personal: Andrew Garfield, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’.
Nominations: Amy Adams ‘Arrival’, Emily Blunt ‘The Girl on the Train’, Emma Stone ‘La La Land’, Meryl Streep ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’, Natalie Portman ‘Jackie’.
This is a strange one because as big of a Meryl Streep fan as I am (everyone minus Donald Trump is), I don’t know how she is in this category when you consider performances such as Ruth Negga in ‘Loving’ or Isabelle Huppert in the French film ‘Elle’, both Oscar nominated. But then again she is also Oscar nominated, favoured over Adams and Blunt, so is she on course for a 3rd BAFTA this year? I hope not. I feel that the two front runners will be Natalie Portman ‘Jackie’ and Emma Stone ‘La La Land’. They (minus the ‘overrated’ Streep) are the only two that are both BAFTA and Oscar nominated. I feel that Adams performance in Arrival was excellent, but that her Oscar snub won’t bode well for her. I also think Blunt was the best of a bad bunch in ‘The Girl on the Train’ and she carried the film with her portrayal of alcoholic divorcee Rachel. On the other hand, Portman’s portrayal of the widowed Jackie Kennedy is electric, eye-catching and quite simply superb. When she is on-screen, you cannot take your eyes off her and I cannot think of anyone else who could have played the role as well as she did (maybe Streep). Stone again, working with Gosling in ‘La La Land’, is great, embodies wannabe star Mia Dolan’s superbly, and although the part was originally written for someone younger (rumour has it Emma Watson), Stone owns it and is particularly striking singing ‘The Audition (The Fools Who Dream)’. I hope that Portman wins and I think she will.
Prediction: Natalie Portman ‘Jackie’
Personal: Natalie Portman ‘Jackie’
Aaron-Taylor Johnson plays disturbed Ray Marcus in Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and won the Golden Globe earlier this year so he is by no means out of the race however I feel that the two front runners are Dev Patel ‘Lion’ and Mahershala Ali ‘Moonlight’. Both are Oscar nominated and both performances are brilliant in their own right, yet Ali took the SAG award last week so for me that makes him the favourite. Personally, I would love to see Dev Patel win as I believe this is his best performance ever but we will all have to watch on Sunday to see.
Prediction: Mahershala Ali ‘Moonlight’
Personal: Dev Patel ‘Lion’.
Out of the three I believe that Viola Davis will win and it cannot be said she does not deserve it. She has been growing in stature in the industry since beginning as Annalise Keating on hit US show ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and having won both the Golden Globe and SAG Awards already, she is the favourite. Naomie Harris filmed all her scenes for Moonlight over three days, and if you take that into account it is a remarkable performance. Playing one character over three different time periods over three days would be a stretch even for Meryl Streep (can you tell I’m a fan). I don’t doubt that sometime in the future she will win either a BAFTA or Oscar but I think she will be pipped at the post by Davis this year. Nevertheless, Hayley Squires deserves a mention because it is a massive achievement and a testament to her natural talent that she kept Octavia Spencer ‘Hidden Figures’ (who replaced her in the Oscar nominations) out. I think it would be a fantastic moment to see her win but I just think Viola Davis has the momentum.
Prediction: Viola Davis ‘Fences’
Personal: Naomie Harris ‘Moonlight’
EE BAFTA RISING STAR AWARD
This is a tough category to pick because it is voted for by the public. After recent questionable voting decisions by the British public (you all know what I’m talking about… Honey G on X Factor) it’s clear that we don’t always tend to vote for the most talented but often the most popular or the most entertaining. In this case it tends to be the most well-known. The past two years have been won by John Boyega (2016) and Jack O’Connell (2015), both undoubtedly talented actors with impressive careers in front of them. However, when you consider that O’Connell had already accrued a massive fan base from the hit TV series Skins and Boyega had recently appeared in the new Star Wars film ‘The Force Awakens’, it’s not hard to see why they beat off competition such as Margot Robbie, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in O’Connell’s case and Oscar and BAFTA winner for best actress the same year Brie Larsson in Boyega’s case.
Nevertheless, it is an award and in my opinion it should be going to Ruth Negga. Oscar nominated for her performance in ‘Loving’, in which she co-stars with Joel Edgerton, Negga is simply outstanding, and hotly tipped by some to take home the Oscar on February 26th. It may be hard to fathom that she could be considered a rising star at 35 but that is the nature of the beast that is the film industry. She has extensive stage experience and similar to Mark Lawrence, she is making the jump across to the big screen. ‘Loving’ feels like a film that will catapult her career and we will be seeing a lot more of her in the future.
I feel that the award will be heading Tom Holland’s direction because he probably the best known out of all the candidates. Being cast as Spiderman will be a massive boost to his career, both as an actor but also as a public figure, and the power of the franchise cannot be understated. Anya Taylor-Joy was excellent in the fairly divisive film ‘The Witch’ (personally not a fan) as was Laia Costa in ‘Victoria’ but my gut tells me that not enough people will have seen them or recognise their faces. Lucas Hedges is again superb in ‘Manchester by the Sea’, Oscar nominated, but that film hasn’t reached as wider audience as it did in the USA, and this will go against Hedges in this case.
Prediction: Tom Holland
Personal: Ruth Negga
Other Award predictions
Adapted Screenplay: Nocturnal Animals
Original Screenplay: La La Land
Outstanding Debut: Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh- Under the Shadows
Film not in the English Language: Son of Saul
Animated film: Kubo and the Two Strings
Cinematography: La La Land
Editing: La La Land
Make Up and Hair: Florence Foster Jenkins
Costume Design: La La Land
Production Design: La La Land
Special Visual Effects: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Original Music: La La Land
Sound: La La Land
British Short Film: Home
Animated Short Film: The Alan Dimension
If you want to be an actor, I think its fair to say you should have the ability to Act, but one thing most actors forget and don't realise the importance of is the value of a good headshot.
Everybody knows how different they can look in different pictures and with filters like Snapchats; they show the effect of editing on a shot.
Professional headshots provide not only an impressive version of the said actor, but they also have the ability to show the actor in different looks that suit particular characters. This is super beneficial when it comes to the casting process, think about it, how much better would it be to send across to a casting director, a stern looking shot for the role of the sinister doctor, or a happy attractive shot for the aspirational personal trainer role.
Always make sure your head shot is a reflection of you, not over airbrushed and not too heavy on the make-up. You should regularly have headshots taken to make sure it is up-to-date and a true reflection of you, if you change your look change your headshot.
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We at IPM are supporters of equal rights for everyone, and we believe that the arts should be a place where we can all have our voice heard.
In 2015 the figure for women in the arts had risen by 6% since 2002; a historical high. So to celebrate this achievement, here just some of the brilliant women in film and television who have helped pave the road to equality.
Actress and radio performer Hattie McDaniel made history, and became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her supporting role as Mammy in 'Gone With the Wind.'
A comedian, television host, actor, writer and producer, Ellen Degeneres has been an outspoken LGBTQ and women’s rights activist who has consistently used her public platform to highlight inequality.
Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has been an icon for humanitarianism. She first become aware of the extent of the problems people around the world face when she filmed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia in 2001, and since been using her status to fight the war for peace.
Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history, picking up the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the tender age of 10 for her role as strong-willed tomboy Addie in Paper Moon (1973).
Actress Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black, made history as the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy in an acting role. She is at the forefront of the transgender movement, and noted as a 'hero' in the LGBTQ community.
English Actress Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, has often been outspoken about issues with 'body shaming' and injustice within the entertainment business. In August 2013, Mirren was announced as one of several new models for Marks and Spencer's 'Womanism' campaign. She also testified before Congress on the importance of a new act that seeks to provide victims of the Holocaust and their families legal means so they can recover works of art looted by the Nazis.
Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win Best Director at the Oscars, the Baftas and the DGA Awards in 2010 and has changed
Heralded by fans and peers for her reverberant voice in Hollywood, Jennifer has often been an influence to a younger audience, particularly when it comes to equal pay and body image.
“I’m a woman that’s living in this world of everybody telling everyone how they should look and what they should be eating and how people can lose this much weight this fast, and it just kind of overwhelms our senses. If I could just make the tiniest bit of difference in getting rid of that because it is so annoying, I would love that.”
Actress Salma Hayek ('From Dusk Till Dawn', 1996) is a an outspoken advocate on the issues of sexism in film and television. She has spoken about the idea of the current Hollywood paradigm in which leading men have contractual approval over their female co-stars, and can often call for script changes to make the female lead be more passive. '"Most of the big stars in their contracts have approval of their leading ladies," she said. "The fact that he gets a say in who he gets to kiss I find is very sexist. … And they do not like it when the female character is strong."
Whoopi Goldberg ('Sister Act', 1992) has won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony award, and in the 1990s was momentarily the highest-paid black actress in Hollywood history.
Charlize Theron has used her platform to highlight the importance of feminism in the film industry.
Calling it a “social issue”, she suggests the problems lie in society, as producers will only make movies for films that people want to see. She thinks that there needs to be a societal shift to pave the way for more female-driven movies being made. Charlize has played the female lead in films such as 'Mad Max' (2015).
These women are just a small handful who have used their voice and their platform to make a difference in the industry. Whether it's issues on equal pay, sexism, racism or body image, these are all stigmas that will affect everyone at some point in their lives, and it's important that we all use our voices to create a better and more equal world.
There has been some amazing and inspiring progress over the last 100 years and we want to hear from you, so tweet us at IPM with people in film and TV who have influenced you.
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Send us a short self-tape video introducing yourself, discussing your favourite subjects at school, and what you aspire to be when you grow up (for self-taping tips click here).
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Calling all performing arts colleagues and friends!
A career in the arts is nearly always born out of your own self-sufficiency; the next big role isn’t always around the corner especially if you’re just sat in front of the TV waiting for it to happen.
Your CV isn’t going to blow anyone away if there’s nothing on it. ‘So you played the huntsman in your year 6 production of Snow white?’ How is this relevant to our gritty social realist drama?
Have at least two headshots that show your versatility, but with the strongest sense of professionalism you can offer. Remember, these guys want to be able to work with you.
Take both a theatrical shot and a commercial shot.
A theatrical shot should be emotional, intense and serious. Knock them off their chair with a single glance. Use this shot for anything dramatic such as soaps or films.
Your commercial shot should be a great smile. Show them you can sell toothpaste. This should be used for commercial role, musical theatre etc.
Do not overload your agent with dozens of photos from every angle, with every face you can do, or showing that you can balance a plate on your head. Face is focus. Your CV will show the rest. Keep it professional and simple.
Happy headshot taking from the IPM Team!
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