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Holding Back The Tears

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According to The Western Mail, a performance poet from Cardiff has described the omission of Michael Sheen from the BAFTA nominations “another example of anti-Welsh bias”. Michael’s been nominated for three different awards in the past, but is yet to win – whether he cares about it or not, I have no idea. I haven’t seen Frost/Nixon as yet, and to be honest, I think I’ll give it a miss and see Role Models instead. Hopefully that doesn’t make me anti-Welsh.

Imagine if shed lost

Imagine if she'd lost

It’s awards season in the film world. The Oscar nominations are announced soon, and unfortunately Karl Francis’ latest film didn’t make it into the most recent shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film award. Surprisingly, neither did Gomorrah.

As we know, the voting and nominations in all of these events are hugely influenced by the politics of the various factions within the industry, and of course the internal politics of the organisation hosting the ceremony. The Golden Globes (still weirdly described as “a barometer for potential Oscar contenders” despite rarely picking the same winners) was torn apart by Nikki Finke in her blog, where she described the event as “a completely meaningless awards show by a scandal-riddled organization”. Half the Oscars seem to go to whoever ran the best campaign and it’s been that for a long time.

That said, I look forward to any nominations for awards that I might receive in the future, regardless of who is dishing them out. Hopefully being a Welshman won’t stand in my way.

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Written by Matthew Redd

January 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm

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