Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch Is Passed Over Again At BAFTAs

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Sure, for actors, awards are the decoration on top of the icing on a well-baked cake… but seriously, Benedict Cumberbatch can’t score some love from his own people?

For those who haven’t taken a minute to watch an episode of Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, you should check it out. We’re all familiar with the recent incarnation led by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law for the big screen, but the small screen–relatively and figuratively speaking–Sherlock is where it’s at. Cumberbatch takes Sherlock Holmes into a realm that is dangerous. He’s not merely solving problems and cases, he’s trying to solve Sherlock Holmes–a troubled genius. Something Cumberbatch seems to do so well.

Enough of the promo, we should talk about Benedict Cumberbatch being nominated three times for Sherlock at the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), and never winning. For this third go ’round, perhaps he had access to a quality crystal ball, because he didn’t attend the ceremony.

Bottom line, it’s not a biggie. Not to the guy scoring seven figures to play make believe. And to be fair, this telling of Sherlock is a little much for some palates. It’s bold. Rather unforgiving. And it’ll likely be something that Cumberbatch is nominated for, time and time again. No doubt, when the British Academy realizes it’s the last go ’round for the show, they’ll honor him with the award. Again, these awards are decoration on the icing of success on the cake of getting to do what you love to do for a living.

Next up for Benedict? Black Mass, a biopic on the Whitey Bulger story, playing the role of real-life character, Bill Bulger, opposite Johnny Depp.


James Sheldon