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  1. BAFTA 2018 WINNERS BEST FILM CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Peter Spears DARKEST HOUR Tim Bevan, Lisa Bruce, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas THE SHAPE OF WATER Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM DARKEST HOUR Joe Wright, Tim Bevan, Lisa Bruce, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski THE DEATH OF STALIN Armando Iannucci, Kevin Loader, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou, Ian Martin, David Schneider GOD’S OWN COUNTRY Francis Lee, Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling LADY MACBETH William Oldroyd, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, Alice Birch PADDINGTON 2 Paul King, David Heyman, Simon Farnaby THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Martin McDonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER THE GHOUL Gareth Tunley (Writer/Director/Producer), Jack Healy Guttman & Tom Meeten (Producers) I AM NOT A WITCH Rungano Nyoni (Writer/Director), Emily Morgan (Producer) JAWBONE Johnny Harris (Writer/Producer), Thomas Napper (Director) KINGDOM OF US Lucy Cohen (Director) LADY MACBETH Alice Birch (Writer), William Oldroyd (Director), Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (Producer) FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ELLE Paul Verhoeven, Saïd Ben Saïd FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER Angelina Jolie, Rithy Panh THE HANDMAIDEN Park Chan-wook, Syd Lim LOVELESS Andrey Zvyagintsev, Alexander Rodnyansky THE SALESMAN Asghar Farhadi, Alexandre Mallet-Guy DOCUMENTARY CITY OF GHOSTS Matthew Heineman I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Raoul Peck ICARUS Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk JANE Brett Morgen ANIMATED FILM COCO Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson LOVING VINCENT Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE Claude Barras, Max Karli DIRECTOR BLADE RUNNER 2049 Denis Villeneuve CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Luca Guadagnino DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan THE SHAPE OF WATER Guillermo del Toro THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Martin McDonagh ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY GET OUT Jordan Peele I, TONYA Steven Rogers LADY BIRD Greta Gerwig THE SHAPE OF WATER Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Martin McDonagh ADAPTED SCREENPLAY CALL ME BY YOUR NAME James Ivory THE DEATH OF STALIN Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, David Schneider FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL Matt Greenhalgh MOLLY’S GAME Aaron Sorkin PADDINGTON 2 Simon Farnaby, Paul King LEADING ACTRESS ANNETTE BENING Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool FRANCES McDORMAND Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri MARGOT ROBBIE I, Tonya SALLY HAWKINS The Shape of Water SAOIRSE RONAN Lady Bird LEADING ACTOR DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Phantom Thread DANIEL KALUUYA Get Out GARY OLDMAN Darkest Hour JAMIE BELL Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET Call Me by Your Name SUPPORTING ACTRESS ALLISON JANNEY I, Tonya KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS Darkest Hour LAURIE METCALF Lady Bird LESLEY MANVILLE Phantom Thread OCTAVIA SPENCER The Shape of Water SUPPORTING ACTOR CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER All the Money in the World HUGH GRANT Paddington 2 SAM ROCKWELL Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri WILLEM DAFOE The Florida Project WOODY HARRELSON Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ORIGINAL MUSIC BLADE RUNNER 2049 Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer DARKEST HOUR Dario Marianelli DUNKIRK Hans Zimmer PHANTOM THREAD Jonny Greenwood THE SHAPE OF WATER Alexandre Desplat CINEMATOGRAPHY BLADE RUNNER 2049 Roger Deakins DARKEST HOUR Bruno Delbonnel DUNKIRK Hoyte van Hoytema THE SHAPE OF WATER Dan Laustsen THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Ben Davis EDITING BABY DRIVER Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss BLADE RUNNER 2049 Joe Walker DUNKIRK Lee Smith THE SHAPE OF WATER Sidney Wolinsky THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI Jon Gregory PRODUCTION DESIGN BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer BLADE RUNNER 2049 Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola DARKEST HOUR Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer DUNKIRK Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis THE SHAPE OF WATER Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau COSTUME DESIGN BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Jacqueline Durran DARKEST HOUR Jacqueline Durran I, TONYA Jennifer Johnson PHANTOM THREAD Mark Bridges THE SHAPE OF WATER Luis Sequeira MAKE UP & HAIR BLADE RUNNER 2049 Donald Mowat, Kerry Warn DARKEST HOUR David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, Kazuhiro Tsuji I, TONYA Deborah La Mia Denaver, Adruitha Lee VICTORIA & ABDUL Daniel Phillips WONDER Naomi Bakstad, Robert A. Pandini, Arjen Tuiten SOUND BABY DRIVER Tim Cavagin, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater BLADE RUNNER 2049 Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mark Mangini, Mac Ruth DUNKIRK Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten THE SHAPE OF WATER Christian Cooke, Glen Gauthier, Nathan Robitaille, Brad Zoern STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS BLADE RUNNER 2049 Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson DUNKIRK Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson THE SHAPE OF WATER Dennis Berardi, Trey Harrell, Kevin Scott STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Nominees tbc WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Nominees tbc BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION HAVE HEART Will Anderson MAMOON Ben Steer POLES APART Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low BRITISH SHORT FILM AAMIR Vika Evdokimenko, Emma Stone, Oliver Shuster COWBOY DAVE Colin O’Toole, Jonas Mortensen A DROWNING MAN Mahdi Fleifel, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Patrick Campbell WORK Aneil Karia, Scott O’Donnell WREN BOYS Harry Lighton, Sorcha Bacon, John Fitzpatrick EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public) DANIEL KALUUYA FLORENCE PUGH JOSH O’CONNOR TESSA THOMPSON TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET
  2. It really all depends what Ned knows. But, let we say it is before Robert's arrival in Winterfell. Scenario: Ned doesn't know about a lot of things and he and Cat are just making obvious matchmaking 1. Robb - This one can go two ways. First, marrying a girl from the North, thus tying one of the vassal Houses to Starks. Alys Karstark seems like the best choice. But, if they want some other great House to be tied to them, then the Margaery Tyrell would be the number one choice. Catelyn would make sure that Margaery feels welcome and I am sure Marg would bring a flock of girls with her. This marriage would be a true power-couple of Westeros. 2. Sansa - As much as I hate to say this, Joffrey, theoretically, made sense. A girl like Sansa is expected to marry into royal family. So, Renly or Joffrey would make sense. Other viable candidates would include Trystane Martell, one of the Redwynes, Dickon Tarly... 3. Arya - This would be my Northern marriage. Knowing Arya, I do think that making a Southern marriage would be idiotic. But, marrying her into one of the Northern families, thus tying it to them seems smart. Given that Bran is 7 and Rickon is 3, I don't think it would be time to make wedding arrangements for them.
  3. I find Elia to be, even contrary to what Oberyn said, much closer in character to Doran than to him. I can see her plotting with her husband all along and ultimately paying the most horrible price. I don't buy the whole passive, meek, humiliated wife picture we have been made to believe in. Just like with every "broken" thing, Martin does like to surprise us. And I don't think Elia would be an exception.
  4. Ironically, Bore + Boredom would find each other appealing. Jon, AFAIK, is not in love with Arya, unless there is a new book I haven't read. Furthermore, Sansa has not been greedy for prestige for quite some time. For the briefest of moments, I have entertained this thought, but the more I thought about it, the less it made sense. I don't think it would happen in the books.
  5. I am not sure that it can be said for everyone. There are characters who make mistakes, or who are in shades of grey, like Tyrion and Dany, to mention few. But, Catelyn was making mistakes, many villains' acts in ASOIAF are not mistakes. Walder Frey and Roose Bolton didn't make a mistake, they knew what they were doing. Cersei is also aware of what she is doing. Ramsay, Balon, Tywin, Littlefinger... They have all known what they were doing. It didn't happen as some sort of mistake. I don't think that is the only thing that makes her sympathetic. I believe Catelyn is a good woman who was dragged into the war she never asked for. Her kid was attacked in her own home, something had to be done. I understand Catelyn because she is a mother who is trying to protect the family. And by doing so, she is not committing heinous acts. She does make mistakes, that is for sure, but simply she lacks malice. Yes, a character can be both a villain and a victim, but I fail to understand how it pertains to Catelyn.
  6. Well, Sansa did stick out her neck for Dontos when Joffrey wanted to kill him. She also stuck out her neck when Margaery and Olenna demanded information. She was also fighting for her father when cornered by four adults. And helping calming the women of KL. Comparing Sansa and Cersei is fundamentally wrong as they are innately different.
  7. I sincerely that anyone who has read the books can claim that Catelyn is a villain. I don't think that is how Martin wanted us to read her, nor do I think that her mistakes can make her a villain. That said, Catelyn makes mistakes. She is not stupid, but every time she makes a mistake, the mistake has the worst possible outcome. And it is not like her mistakes are inconsequential. She has the worst luck of all ASOIAF characters. Furthermore, Catelyn neither started the War of 5 Kings, nor is she to blame for Robb's fate. Tywin was already preparing for the War and we are yet to discover what games were being played in KL before Ned arrived. As for Jaime, the Boltons/Frey treason was already set in motion so, even with alienation of Karstarks, I don't see how she hurt his cause. Truth be told, Catelyn is one of the most misunderstood character in the series.
  8. Roger Federer reclaims n.1 ATP spot thus becoming the oldest number 1 in history of the sport. A true testament to his greatness.
  9. While I agree in general, I don't think this is a fair criticism of THIS show. I don't think there is too much nudity here, actually IIRC (and someone correct me please if I am wrong), beside the glimpse of cabaret dancers and that particular scene, I don't think we have seen anything else.
  10. In general, we could all benefit from stories without rape. But as it is one of those ugly realities, it has to be part of the art. I don't have issue with rape in general, although as I said, we could have less violence on TV/media, but the rape too often becomes a plot device for the sole purpose of challenging woman's strength, both physical and emotional. There are shows and movies that have dealt with said topic with much grace. GoT hasn't. Naming the said episode with "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" while, not referring to it, but having Ramsay bending Sansa on the bed and raping her, seems like a truly bad joke. In short, it's important how a writer deals with it. Actually she does. The Ice Queen has been turned into relatable woman. Even in-universe, they have been using it. Same goes for Mellie Grant. The reveal of rape was used to make Mallie more relatable. That is the thing. The rape served as a tool to make these women more humane, just like it was a necessary obstacle for Sansa to become "empowered young woman". And that, with abuse (and Sansa experienced a lot of those too) becomes something that many writers, intentionally or not, use in demonstrating the women's strength. It is not that it can't show woman's strength, it can but it is just a drop in sea of situations writers can use as challenges women face.
  11. Although there were some Gilmoresque moments, I feel that Marvelous Mrs Maisel is easily the best comedy I have watched last year. It was vibrant, funny, impeccably balancing between drama and comedy. I was truly impressed and I couldn't agree more about the cast. It certainly deserved all the praise.
  12. They were changed, but they didn't become a better versions of themselves. Trauma impacts people, that is for sure, but if you use the narrative of violence or sexual assault in order to put just another ordeal in a story that is essentially about growing and becoming empowered then there is something very wrong in the way how you perceive the said empowerment. Rape can't or shouldn't be used as something a female character has to go through so we would start perceiving female character as sympathetic, more astute or more politically savvy. And that is what happened with Sansa. Sansa should not have been married to Ramsay that is for sure. Rape couldn't have happened for the sake of shock or worse to become a tool that would make Sansa "better version of herself" It is entire culture of using rape as a plot tool in order to demonstrate female strength. Not so long ago, Jessica Chastain spoke about these practices and the necessity of them in portrayal of what Hollywood would refer to as strong female character. It doesn't matter whether the character gets more sympathetic and when rape is used to cast "positive light" on the person (like Claire Underwood of "House of Cards" or Mellie Grant of "Scandal"), when you have totally unlikable female character and then they just add the touch of rape in order to make , what essentially boils down to, "better image". Then there are countless examples of rape being used as a motivation for revenge (and this one has becoming more and more prevalent that some producers have complained that almost 30% female-oriented movie scripts at one point contained the element of rape and abuse) Simply, female strength and intelligence can't be tested with rape and abuse for us to be convinced that the said character is able to do great things. That is the main issue here. That rape is so often used in storytelling as plot device for all sorts of reason. Finally, I will return to what Chastain has said on topic:
  13. Seriously? You can't cite ANY example of rape being used for dramatic purposes after which a female character was considered more valuable, sympathetic, or simply stronger. Like, seriously? O...K. Given that I have no desire to continue this, let we agree to disagree. Good day to you
  14. Cleganebowl was cancelled because Tommen abolished the Fight by Combat. In that moment, Cersei found out she had no other options. Blowing Sept of Baelor was Hail Mary for Cersei. And it all comes down to "she brought another to the fold" aka Tommen to Faith. So, in translation your conclusion goes "Sansa needed to be abused and raped to become more realistic and smart" Sansa is not a living person, she is a character bound by the laws writers make for her. And that made it quite clear that the rape is used as a method of empowerment. And that speaks a lot about writers. As you said, she became more realistic and smart. The comparison with Robb, Catelyn or Jeor is notwithstanding as their tragedies haven't turned them into "better" versions of themselves. OK, let's play a game... Did Tyrion get more realistic and smart after killing Tywin? - No. He was influenced by it but his intelligence hasn't changed. Did Jon get more realistic and smart after being killed? - No, One can argue that he had become more vigilant but his intelligence hasn't changed. Did Jaime get more realistic and smart after losing hand? - No. For a brief moment it seemed like he changed and then they backpedaled his storyline. And the last one... Did Theon get more realistic and smart after Ramsay's torture? - Well, this one is self-explanatory, I think. So, we have Sansa and Dany who became more realistic, astute, smart, whtever positive adjective you want to use after being subjected to abuse and rape. Which then leads to the fact that the writing is inherently based on the tragic trope that is considered one of the most repugnant in the modern media. The situations are different, no one is talking about that. But, Dany became empowered after being raped, after having to be taught how to sexually please Drogo. It became a love story, but ultimately she was raped. She gained power through that. Her story obviously progressed but it hasn't changed the fact how it all began. Thanks... But unfortunately I don't share the same high opinion about said material