I was really saddened to hear the news today that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts have decided against honouring Jeremy Brett with a posthumous award. This is despite a vigorous campaign by the BAFTA4JB team who organised a petition and worked so hard to raise awareness in support of this much loved actor, who for many will always be the definitive screen Holmes – including me.
Don’t get me wrong, I have made clear in previous blogs my admiration for what BBC Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch has brought to the role, but Brett remains Holmes personified for me. His performances touched a whole generation of fans and he captured Holmes in an intelligent, sensitive way which really brought him to life. He managed to be theatrical and eccentric without going over-the-top and understood the contrasts at the heart of Holmes’ personality. He also brought great tenacity to the role, carrying on despite struggling with illness and depression. The fact that fans the world over still revere his performances is testament to what he achieved.
In my opinion, there was never a more deserving person for a posthumous BAFTA and I’m disappointed that the decision has gone against Brett. But, I suppose the love and recognition of fans is more important than any award, and on that front Brett remains a clear winner.
And talking of BAFTA, BBC Sherlock has been nominated for the YouTube Audience Award again this year. Last year the show tragically missed out to The Only Way is Essex, so if you are a fan please, please vote to ensure such an injustice doesn’t happen again – (you can only vote if you are in the UK) www.youtube.com/user/baftaonline/bafta
Check out some hilarious posters in support of the campaign on the Sherlockology tumblr site – my favourite is the adorable black cat, closely followed by one featuring a very down-and-out Rupert Graves.
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