The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced their film nominees, and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite topped all films with an impressive twelve film nominations, including both Best Film and Best British Film, three acting nominations, director, screenplay, and a fair share of technical nods.
Four films tied with second-most nominations: First Man, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, and Roma with 7 each. First Man struck back hard after being snubbed by some of the guild awards with nominations for Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, and a bunch of tech acknowledgements. Bohemian Rhapsody continues to wow after its Golden Globe shocking win with nominations for star Rami Malek and Best British Film in the top categories. Star is Born earned Film, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay nods among the techs. And Roma also fared well with nominations in Director, Film, Foreign Language Film, and Screenplay.
The other two movies selected as Best Film nominees this year were Green Book, which disappointed slightly with four nominations, missing all technical categories and director, and BlacKkKlansman, which is also in for Director, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, and Original Score.
Here is the full list of nominations:
Best Film A Star is Born BlacKkKlansman Green Book Roma The Favourite
Best British Film Beast Bohemian Rhapsody McQueen Stan & Ollie The Favourite You Were Never Really Here
Best Director Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born Alfonso Cuaron, Roma Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Best Actor Christian Bale, Vice Steve Coogan, Stan & Ollie Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Best Actress Glenn Close, The Wife Olivia Colman, The Favourite Viola Davis, Widows Lady Gaga, A Star is Born Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali, Green Book Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Sam Rockwell, Vice
Best Supporting Actress Amy Adams, Vice Claire Foy, First Man Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots Emma Stone, The Favourite Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Best Original Screenplay Cold War Green Book Roma The Favourite Vice
Best Adapted Screenplay A Star is Born BlacKkKlansman Can You Ever Forgive Me? First Man If Beale Street Could Talk
Best Animated Feature Incredibles 2 Isle of Dogs Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Foreign Language Film Capernaum Cold War Dogman Roma Shoplifters
Best Cinematography Bohemian Rhapsody Cold War First Man Roma The Favourite
Best Film Editing Bohemian Rhapsody First Man Roma The Favourite Vice
Best Production Design Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald First Man Mary Poppins Returns Roma The Favourite
Best Costume Design The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Bohemian Rhapsody Mary Poppins Returns Mary Queen of Scots The Favourite
Best Original Score A Star is Born BlacKkKlansman If Beale Street Could Talk Isle of Dogs Mary Poppins Returns
Best Makeup and Hair Bohemian Rhapsody Mary Queen of Scots Stan & Ollie The Favourite Vice
Best Sound A Quiet Place A Star is Born Bohemian Rhapsody First Man Mission: Impossible-Fallout
Best Visual Effects Avengers: Infinity War Black Panther Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald First Man Ready Player One
For a quick analysis of surprise inclusions, this is clearly a step forward for First Man, which has been slipping in a few races. It’s far away from guaranteed to have the same number of nominations at the Oscars as here at BAFTA, but today’s vote helps. The fact that Queen is a British rock band definitely helped Bohemian Rhapsody, which really shook me for its nominations in Editing and Cinematography. Also, good to see Viola Davis acknowledged for her performance in Widows. Steve Coogan also earned his first major accolade of the year for Stan & Ollie, whereas his co-star, John C. Reilly, was nominated at the Globes. Of course, Poland’s foreign language film contender Cold War landing nominations in Screenplay and Director are also shocks, at least for me, today, but understandable.
For the disappointments and missed opportunities, it definitely hurts both Adam McKay and Peter Farrelly, who were both just nominated at the Directors Guild Awards, to miss here at BAFTA. That directors race at the Oscars is going to truly be tricky. Also, you might notice that Black Panther was almost completely snubbed here, only earning one nom for its Visual Effects. Wow, a likely big difference between this vote and the Oscars. Emily Blunt not being in the list of Lead Actresses for Mary Poppins Returns is a big surprise, especially since the film has been a big hit internationally. And for that matter, Mary Poppins only managed three nominations, a smaller number than I anticipated.
Once again, we see Regina King miss out for If Beale Street Could Talk. She will likely replace Margot Robbie at the Oscars, but her Oscar win will be affected here, and she might only walk away with a nomination. Overall, this is another disappointing run for Beale Street, which may only land three or four Oscar noms based on its recent popularity at other awards shows. And now it seems that Sam Elliott is vulnerable for his supporting nomination for A Star is Born, and Sam Rockwell, who was nominated at the Globes over Elliott, repeated that stunt here today. He might land an Oscar nod next.
Through the tech categories, mostly everything that was nominated was in some way anticipated or understandable, though A Star is Born missing out on the Editing nomination is a curious oversight, and its inclusion in the Score category is baffling. There really wasn’t too much of a background score to the film, instead relying on the original songs. Since there isn’t an Original Song category here, I guess this is to make up for that.
BAFTA winners will be announced on Sunday, February 10th.