I intended to file this story after my previous BAFTA post, but the day got away with me. Still, while I’ve been detained, things have only stepped up a gear.
Missing conspicuously from this year’s BAFTA nominations was Olivia Colman, the female lead in Tyrannosaur, and probably best known for her TV work with Mitchell & Webb.
Tyrannosaur was one of the very few best films of 2011, and Colman gives a truly extraordinary performance. Not to put too fine a point on it: these award shows don’t mean much, but along comes a platform for everybody to show their love for Colman, and also for Paddy Considine’s remarkable film, and so they’ve taken it.
And I want to take it to.
Here are some of the best twitter responses to the snub, from public figures, and starting with David Mitchell because, well, it would seem strange not to, in a funny kind of way:
Glad to hear there’s been Twitter outrage at Olivia Colman’s ridiculous omission from the BAFTA noms. There CAN’T be 5 better performances.
— David Mitchell (@RealDMitchell) January 17, 2012
In a perfect world Olivia Colman would be up for a BAFTA; but in that world comedy wouldn’t be a lesser artform, and so would Kristen Wiig.
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) January 17, 2012
Really fuct off Olivia Colman hasn’t been nominated for a BAFTA, whata load of old wank
— Michael Smiley (@mrmichaelsmiley) January 17, 2012
Just heard Olivia Coleman did not receive a BAFTA nom for Tyrannosaur. Has there ever been a greater injustice in the history of awards?
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) January 17, 2012
I wish I was a member of Bafta, then Olivia Colman could have got one more vote, which would surely have tipped her over into glory!
— Andrew Collins (@AndrewCollins) January 17, 2012
Olivia Colman’s absence from today’s #BAFTA nominations is shocking.
— Jamie Bell (@1jamiebell) January 17, 2012
How the on earth was Olivia Coleman not nominated for a #bafta????
— Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) January 17, 2012
Just gone through Bafta list. Appalled Olivia Coleman isn’t nominated. C’mon fellow jurors.
— edith bowman (@edibow) January 17, 2012
That’s right – Edith Bowman carried a vote in the BAFTA film awards. Wow. Good for her. Glad she (seems to) have used it wisely.
The long and the short of it is this: these award ceremonies are a bit ridiculous at the best of times but overlooking Colman does seem particularly silly. Here’s hoping the outrage at her exclusion does her career, and the profile of Tyrannosaur, more good than losing to somebody who deserved the award less than she does.
I’ll be most amused, not to mention pleased, if Colman receives an Oscar nomination. That nice twist could be spun into some quite embarrassing headlines for BAFTA.
Right. I’m going to pop in my copy of Tyrannosaur on Blu-ray now and appreciate it all over again. Seems like the best idea.