We are in the thick of what the movie industry calls “Awards Season” with the Writers Guild of America awards, the BAFTAs and the Oscars among the many awards ceremonies on the horizon.
Although the Senna movie was snubbed by the Academy for an Oscar nomination, it seems to be finding more traction with the British version of the awards, the BAFTAs.
Today it was confirmed that the documentary about the great Brazilian three times F1 champion has been shortlisted in three categories, including Outstanding British film for the ceremony on February 12 in London.
It has also had the nod in Best Documentary and Best Editing.
In Outstanding British Film it is up against “My Week With Marilyn”, “Shame”, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “We Need To Talk About Kevin”. In Best Documentary its competition is
Universal worked hard on getting the film out there to BAFTA members, even recruiting Senna’s great friend the F1 doctor Professor Sid Watkins to sit with the film-makers on Question and Answer sessions at screenings.
It could be paying off; there is a feeling at large that the tide could be moving towards the movie and that it might win at least one of the three. In Best Documentary it is up against Martin Scorsese’s film about Beatles guitarist George Harrison.
The competition is tough, but the film has some momentum behind it now, with record DVD sales and critical adulation.