The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards are interesting to watch because they usually pick all the games that didn't win awards in the U.S. True to form, the 2010 BAFTA Video Game Awards will surprise you with who went home empty-handed.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves led with nine nominations. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had eight, Batman: Arkham Asylum seven, and Assassin's Creed II followed with six. Assassin's Creed was shut out just as it was at the Game Developers Choice Awards and the DICE Summit. Arkham Asylum and Modern Warfare 2 managed to wrangle key awards away from accolade powerhouse, Uncharted 2, with Best Game ultimately going to Arkham Asylum. Also Scribblenauts didn't win in the handheld category -- now, there's a shocker.
The other significant BAFTA award went to Shigeru Miyamoto in the form of a BAFTA Fellowship. According to the Academy, this is the first fellowship ever awarded to a Japanese person in any entertainment medium recognized by the organization.
Personally, we don't mind that Batman pipped Uncharted 2 to the post -- as we noted in our most overrated games of 2009 feature, Uncharted 2 was far from perfect, despite some cool (scripted) action sequences. So three cheers to the Brits for choosing a solid action adventure game over story-driven hype. Anyway, that's our two cents done with. Read on for a full list of winners and losers.
Action GameAssassin's Creed IIBatman: Arkham AsylumCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2inFamousLeft 4 Dead 2Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Winner: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Family & SocialThe Beatles: Rock BandBuzz! Quiz WorldEyePetGuitar Hero 5New Super Mario Bros. WiiWii Sports ResortWinner: Wii Sports Resort
Use of Online Battlefield 1943Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2FIFA 10LittleBigPlanet PSPSingstar TakeThatUncharted 2: Among ThievesWinner: FIFA 10
Use of AudioBatman: Arkham AsylumCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2DJ HeroFlowerLeft 4 Dead 2Uncharted 2: Among ThievesWinner: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
HandheldGran TurismoLittleBigPlanet PSPLocoRoco Midnight CarnivalMario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside StoryProfessor Layton and Pandora's BoxScribblenautsWinner: LittleBigPlanet PSP
GAME Award (selected by popular vote -- more than 70,000 were votes cast online)Assassin's Creed IIBatman: Arkham AsylumThe Beatles: Rock BandCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2FIFA 10Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown WarsThe Legend of Zelda: Spirit TracksStreet Fighter IVUncharted 2: Among ThievesWii Sports ResortThird Place: Uncharted 2Second Place: Assassin's Creed IIWinner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
StrategyCommand and Conquer 3: UprisingEmpire: Total WarFIFA Manager 10Football Manager 2010Halo WarsPlants vs. ZombiesWinner: Empire: Total War
Original ScoreAssassin's Creed IIBatman: Arkham AsylumCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Harry Potter and the Half Blood PrincePixelJunk ShooterUncharted 2: Among ThievesWinner: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
MultiplayerBattlefield 1943The Beatles: Rock BandCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Halo 3: ODSTLeft 4 Dead 2Uncharted 2: Among ThievesWinner: Left 4 Dead 2
GameplayAssassin's Creed IIBatman: Arkham AsylumCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2New Super Mario Bros. WiiPixelJunk ShooterUncharted 2: Among ThievesWinner: Batman: Arkham Asylum
SportsColin McRae: DiRT 2FIFA 10Football Manager 2010Forza 3Wii Fit PlusWii Sports ResortWinner: FIFA 10
StoryAssassin's Creed IIBatman: Arkham AsylumBroken Sword -- Shadow of the Templars: The Director's CutBrutal LegendDragon Age: OriginsUncharted 2 Winner: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare to Be DigitalColour CodedQuick as ThievesShrunk!Winner: Shrunk!
Artistic AchievementAssassin's Creed IIBatman: Arkham AsylumCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2FlowerStreet Fighter IVUncharted 2: Among ThievesWinner: Flower
Best GameAssassin's Creed IIBatman: Arkham AsylumCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2FIFA 10Left 4 Dead 2Uncharted 2: Among ThievesWinner: Batman: Arkham Asylum
BAFTA Fellowship Award: Shigeru Miyamoto
Original reporting by AJ Glasser