Will I miss being 'Chief Censor'? I have managed to retain my love of film, going on the weekends throughout my time at the BBFC, so this I'm sure will continue... I have been privileged to work so closely with so many films, their makers, distributors, exhibitors and of course the BBFC employees who work to classify these compelling artworks.
The Revenant leads the pack with 12 nominations, ahead of Mad Max: Fury Road with 10 (oh my, a blockbuster??). Thing is, when the competition's this tight, how will you know for sure who's going to win? Let's take a look at the main categories.
Awards season is upon us, culimating with the Oscars on Sunday. Inevitably there is a rush of excitement: who will take best film, best director but what sends the media into an absolute frenzy is the best and worst dressed.
Winning an Oscar does bring that box-office boost and for the winners it means that Important People will take your call. Box-office hits are rarely nominees, and much less often winners. Frankly, Hollywood seems to be making Marvel movies but awarding great stories which don't get bums on seats in the same way.
Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively about mental illness, especially the experience of psychosis. I was keen to find out more about the man who had piqued Tennant's interest, and compelled writer/director Robert Mullan to make a film about his work at Kingsley Hall, East London in the 1960s.
With it's emotional intensity, strong cast, a storyline linked to Argentina's Dirty War and it's effect on law enforcement, Juan Jose Campanella's 'El Secreto de Sus Ojos' superb noir thriller traced the effect a brutal rape and murder case, reopened 25 years later had on a judge and a retired member of the investigative team.
I was lucky enough to attend the premiere of How To Be Single with my other half, walking just meters away from its fabulous female cast; Leslie Mann, Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie and, of course, Rebel on the pink carpet.
What is a relatively new conversation publicly is far from that in the reality of our industry, but to be fair to BAFTA they have done a considerable amount to promote diversity behind the scenes including providing consistent support for the TriForce Short Film Festival, so fair play.
If that's your cup of tea, then great - go ahead and watch it, be my guest (and all that jazz) - but I know many won't like it. It may come across as more-drama-less-action which may alienate some viewers, especially for the way the film is shot. Although remember: this isn't a bad thing.
Joy is a success story about a female entrepreneur. What woman couldn't use a little more direction and guidance in business? We have so few female role models to learn from regarding success to Joy's magnitude
Zoolander 2's joke is literally "haha, look, hot model Zoolander has a fat kid", and it doesn't evolve into satire or acceptance. It takes one offensive, cruel and frankly boring punchline and runs with it until the very end credits.
Last weekend I watched, and loved, The Big Short, a film based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis, which describes a group of disparate outsiders who each spotted the colossal financial malfeasance which gave rise to the banking and housing crisis of 2008. The writer-director Adam McKay manages to create a hilarious, sharp, clear and compelling movie, all the more impressive given that the subject matter is, frankly, pretty dry and horrendously complex - riddled with acronyms and nuanced money manipulations in identikit boardrooms.
Do those guys really want all that stuff? They've probably got the best vibrators money can buy, boobs to die for and been on all the top walking tours already. Also another goody bag? Just add it to the super massive, awards season pile.
Why is there a huge reservoir of films based on books but rarely, if ever, an original movie that is subsequently turned into a novel? You may find a film-jacket edition on the shelves but never an original work. Books provide filmmakers with a solid foundation from which to start, and sometimes a track record of sales that suggests a ready-made audience.
I've trawled through Amazon to see once and for all the true colours of the biggest films released last year...
What is of most interest to someone like me, who found the image of being an Numan fan so helpful as I learned to love being disabled, is that it charts Gary's diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome, which obviously influenced his image and attitude through out his career, and his battles with depression and anxiety as he struggled to rebuild his career.