It’s that time of the year again where we celebrate the best in the film industry! Award season is, indeed, upon us as we rejoice in a whole year of absolutely spectacular movies.
The BAFTAs have well and truly kicked off. And no surprise to anyone but Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite seems to be, well, The Favourite with most nominations this year in pretty much EVERYTHING.
Despite kicking off the nominations with talk about “championing female voices,” it is disappointing to see that not one female director was nominated for a BAFTA. There are plenty to throw into the mix that have created some of the most critical acclaimed and impeccable pieces of cinema this year: Lynne Ramsay, Chloe Zhao, Desiree Akhavan, Marielle Heller, and more! I mean Green Book and Vice over movies such as You Were Never Really Here and The Rider? I mean…come on, film indstury, we can do so much better than this. We all talk about diversyfing the field, but when it comes to actually showing up and nominating, we seem to be lacking. We can do better.
Regardless, BAFTA has a good mix of directors, writers, and films nominated. Some highlights for us include Stan & Ollie and You Were Never Really Here scooping up Best British Film, Steve Coogan scooping a Best Leading Actor BAFTA. Ray & Liz director Richard Bilingham scooped up a nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, Or Producer. We’re also excited that Cold War has some great nominations such as Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. There’s also all the love for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Best Animation and it’s trajectory for scooping up an Oscar is exciting.
Also fucking finally on Viola Davis getting some goddamn respect for her performance in Widows.
There’s also some great nods to First Man, a movie criminally underrepresented at awards season this year though Justin Hurwitz annoyingly misses out on an Original Music nod despite crafting the past year’s best score. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs also squeezed in a nomination for Best Costume Design.
We’re excited for the list of nominations and can’t wait to see what gets
The full list of nominees can be found at BAFTA.
EE BAFTA Film Awards are announced 10th February.