BAFTAs: Impact On Oscar Race

The BAFTA awards were given in London Sunday night. “The Artist,” which has become a rather yawn-inducing frontrunner for Oscars, won seven BAFTAs. The movie’s leading man, Jean Dujardin (pictured with his director and producer), won Best Actor, so I think we can now call him a slight favorite over George Clooney for the Best Actor Oscar. Meryl Streep won the Best Actress BAFTA but I’d still put my money on Viola Davis to win the Oscar. Why? Because BAFTAs tend to favor British actresses or foreigners playing Brit, as Meryl did with her performance as Maggie Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” Also, “The Iron Lady,” apart from Meryl, is a pretty weak film, whereas Viola’s film, “The Help,” is strong.

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