And the winners are…

iStock_000016848448SmallThe great and the good from the world’s film industry will be rolling up to London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday night for the annual awards ceremony. A dazzling event in its own right, it’s also a good indicator for who will carry off gongs at next month’s American big sister ceremony, the Oscars.

There are some seriously stellar names on the nominations list for this year’s BAFTAs, from cinematic royalty like Dame Judi Dench, Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks to the new generation of shining stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Chiwetel Ejiofor, but here’s who Candis would award the golden mask statuettes:

Best film: Philomena – because we just love national treasure Judi Dench and seeing Steve Coogan in a serious role. Plus the heart-breaking tale of a mother’s search for the son she was forced to give up is sublime – we defy anyone not to cry!

Best actress: Cate Blanchett – superb as fallen socialite and pampered trophy wife who falls on hard times when her husband turns out to be a crook in Woody’s Allen’s Blue Jasmine, but mainly because of her fabulously pointy ears and ethereal beauty in Lord of the Rings.

Best actor: Tom Hanks – not only for his brilliant portrayal of Captain Richard Phillips and his ship’s real-life hijacking by Somali pirates, he’s Forest Gump after all and an all-round nice guy!

Best costume design: The Great Gatsby for the sheer gorgeous, glamorous style of the roaring 1920s beautifully and faithfully recreated. We love it!

Best hair and make-up: Behind the Candelabra for the big – and we mean BIG – hair, bleached blonde locks, waxed chests and total flamboyant over-the-top deliciousness of it all. Good luck to Matt Damon, too, in the best supporting actor award for his role in the film. It’s a brilliant performance and he deserves a gong just for having to wear all those incredibly tight trousers throughout filming…

BAFTA Trivia…

And the winners in were …

10 years ago (2004)

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won five gongs including best film, while Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson won best actor and best actress for Lost in Translation. But we cheered hardest for Bill Nighy who got best supporting actor for Love Actually.

20 years ago (1994)

Schindler’s List cleaned up with eight gongs including best film and best supporting actor, which went to Ralph Fiennes. That year Holly Hunter won best actress for The Piano and Anthony Hopkins won best actor for Shadowlands.

30 years ago (1984)

Educating Rita scored a cinematic hat-trick scooping three of the top awards, best film, best actor for Michael Caine and best actress for Julie Walters. Meanwhile An Officer and a Gentleman won for best original song ‘Up where we belong’ and Star Wars Return of the Jedi won best visual effects. Now how old do you feel?

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