I’m a member of BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. They have an annual awards show that is like the British version of The Oscars.
This is the beginning of the awards season. Since I’m a screenwriter as well as a novelist, I receive about five screenplays and DVDs per day in the mail that I “have” to watch before I can vote.
The first year I voted, I had no idea what to expect. I received a DVD player in the mail and had to register a special password they sent me to play the DVDs. My wife and I were traveling for three weeks, and when we returned from our trip, we couldn’t open the front door because so many UPS and FedEx envelopes had been pushed through the mail slot in the door.
I get to vote for the “Behind the Camera” screenwriting division, plus:
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actor (female and male)
- Best Supporting Actor (female and male)
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Original Screenplay
Reading screenplays and watching films is my free time. It’s such a rough gig! (And yes, I get to keep the DVDs.)
Some of the films I’ve received include The Martian; The Renevant, with Leonardo DiCaprio; and Sicario, with Emily Blunt.
Here’s the trailer for The Renevant:
As for my votes? Well, that’s a closely-guarded secret!
What do you do in your free time?
Would love to hear about the interesting and unusual things happening in your life!