The RAFAs are out in force today, tipping their collective hats at a wide variety of cinema in a celebration of good British filmmaking and film criticism.
Some of the usual suspects have made the list – The Artist and Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady being two good examples – but there are some accolades that go to some great media. Here’s the list itself, starting with the awards given out by regional film critics:
Film of the Year: The Artist
Filmmaker: Michel Hazanavicius – director, The Artist
Screenwriter: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Actor: Michael Fassbender – Shame
Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Rising Star: Tom Hiddleston – War Horse, Thor, The Deep Blue Sea, Midnight in Paris
Not too many surprises there, to be honest – the aforementioned films have had considerable critical buzz, and despite some people not too happy about The Artist revealing itself as a silent film, the regional critics have spoken. Now comes the UK public vote section of the awards, which may be ever-so-slightly different:
British Film of the Year: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Animated Film: Arthur Christmas
Family Film: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
British Film Star: Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
Film Blog: CineVue
Most Anticipated Film of 2012: The Dark Knight Rises
This is a list with a slightly different vibe – a little more focused on family and fun, and of course, R-Patz’s inclusion in the list proves it’s a public list – critics generally aren’t a fan of the Twilight series, and often by extension, anyone in them.
Next year’s RAFAs could look very different – there are a lot of major blockbusters hitting screens in 2012, and I’d wager Martin Freeman will take something home for The Hobbit, having been a British television mainstay for years. Oh, and no, we didn’t enter the RAFAs. That’s why there’s no “The Film Review” next to “Film Blog”. Seems unfair of us to enter if we’d crush everyone so utterly. But who knows, next year, we just might.