The 2012 BAFTA Television Awards have come and gone with the usual ‘some surprises, some expected’ best of the best in British television awards handed out on Sunday evening.
A couple of quick personal observations…accent on personal observations. Full disclosure – I haven’t seen either Appropriate Adult or The Fades so they could be quite deserving in their respective awards. Being familiar with the actors and series they beat out, they must be brilliant. Will have to check them out.
The most welcome surprise of the evening
- Andrew Scott winning the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his brilliant portrayal of Moriarty in Sherlock. Odds on fan favorite was Martin Freeman for his portrayal of John Watson in Sherlock. The greatest moments of this award were the reaction shots of Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Lara Pulver when Andrew won.
The most surprising surprise of the evening x 2
- Dominic West winning Leading Actor BAFTA for Appropriate Adult over Benedict Cumberbath (Sherlock) and Monica Dolan winning Best Supporting Actress BAFTA for Appropriate Adult over Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
The most-disappointing BAFTA of the evening
- The Fades winning the Best Drama BAFTA over the likes of Spooks and/or Scott and Bailey.
The toughest decision for BAFTA judges
- In the Best Male Performance in a Comedy Series, Darren Boyd (Spy) won over the likes of Tom Hollander (Rev), Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys) and Hugh Bonneville (Twenty Twelve). Even though I thought Boyd was great in Spy, which was recently commissioned for a second series, this could have easily been a 4-way tie given the other performances.
The most deserving no-brainer BAFTA of the evening
- Steven Moffat receiving a Special Television Award BAFTA in recognition of his outstanding creative writing contribution to television including Press Gang, Stay Lucky, Joking Apart, Murder Most Horrid, Chalk, Jekyll and Coupling. Never mind his most recent work on Doctor Who and Sherlock. Befitting his writing brilliance, Moffat’s reaction to receiving the award was classic. “Blimey! A Special Award! I didn’t even know I was ill!“
Most concrete reason why Doctor Who and Sherlock should meet in a future episode
- Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Smith shared the podium to present Steven Moffat with his Special Award BAFTA. If anyone can pull this off, Steve Moffat can. Let’s hope so….even though it could be viewed as a ‘jump-the-shark’ moment, it could be greatness.
Other 2012 BAFTA winners amongst the complete list of winners include Jennifer Saunders for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Series and Coronation Street besting EastEnders, Holby City and Shameless in the Best Soap and Continuing Drama category.
Anyone have any thoughts about the BAFTA’s, both the winners and/or losers?