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Bafta Nominations 2020

The Joker and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood dominate this years BAFTA nominations.

JANUARY 7th, 2020



afta have announced their nominations for this year’s EE British Film Academy Film Awards, which take place on Sunday 2 February at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Hosted by Graham Norton, the awards will see biggest and best in British Film and beyond join to celebrate a year of amazing film. Joker is in poll position with the most nominations, eleven. The Irishman and Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood aren’t far behind with ten and Sam Mendes’ epic World War I movie, 1917, has nine.

Whilst there was excitement at the nominations, there has also been intense backlash at the lack of diversity amongst those nominated. Once again, the Best Director category doesn’t feature any female directors, even though movies such as Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde and Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig, have received universal praise.

The announcement of this years nominations - © Getty Images

Actresses, including Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson have both received two nominations; Robbie for Bombshell and Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood; Johansson for Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story. The announcement have left many feeling perplexed at the lack of diversity in the acting lists.

Bafta boss Amanda Berry agreed with BBC Radio 4 today after questioning that the acting lists “seem very white”. Berry responded: “I'm going to totally agree with you. That's how I felt when I first saw the list.

“This isn't being disrespectful to anybody who has been nominated because it's an incredibly strong list this year.”

“If you look at the director category, where I hoped we would see at least one female director, that is an incredibly strong list when you have people like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino and SaMendes, who have got multiple nominations in the past.”

Taron Edgerton is up against Joaquin Phoenix in the Best Actor category, who both won at the Golden Globes this year. The nomination of Phoenix, who is favourite to win, will mark 11 years since his Joker predecessor, Heath Ledger, won a posthumous Bafta for the Christopher Nolan director The Dark Knight.

Joaquin Pheonix in Todd Phillip's 'Joker' - © Warner Bros

Leonardo DiCaprio is also nominated for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Adam Driver for Marriage Story and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

Renee Zellweger is favourite to take home the Bafta for Best Actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy, Jessie Buckley is nominated for Wild Rose, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, and Saoirse Ronan for Little Women.

Whilst missing out on the Best Director list, Greta Gerwig did pick up a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Cynthia Erivo starring as Harriet Tubman - © Focus Features

Whilst many of the leading categories lacked any diversity, the shortlist for the Rising Star Award did include actors and actresses from a plethora of diverse backgrounds. Awkwafina – who won a Golden Globe on Sunday – is nominated alongside Jack Lowden, Kaitlyn Dever, Kelvin Harrison Jr and Michael Ward. This is the only award of the night where the winner is voted for by the public.

Elsewhere, 6,700 Bafta members, who are industry professionals and creatives around the world, vote for the winners in most of the other categories.

The leading Bafta nominees

Best Film

- 1917

- The Irishman

- Joker

- Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood

- Parasite

Outstanding British Film

- 1917

- Bait

- For Sama

- Rocketman

- Sorry We Missed You

- The Two Popes

Leading Actress

- Jessie Buckley | Wild Rose

- Scarlett Johansson | Marriage Story

- Saoirse Ronan | Little Women

- Charlize Theron | Bombshell

- Renée Zellweger | Judy

Leading Actor

- Leonardo DiCaprio | Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

- Adam Driver | Marriage Story

- Taron Egerton | Rocketman

- Joaquin Phoenix | Joker

- Jonathan Pryce | The Two Popes

Supporting Actress

- Laura Dern | Marriage Story

- Scarlett Johansson | Jojo Rabbit

- Florence Pugh | Little Women

- Margot Robbie | Bombshell

- Margot Robbie | Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

Supporting Actor

- Tom Hanks | A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

- Anthony Hopkins | The Two Popes

- Al Pacino | The Irishman

- Joe Pesci | The Irishman

- Brad Pitt | Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood


- Sam Mendes | 1917

- Martin Scorsese | The Irishman

- Todd Phillips | Joker

- Quentin Tarantino | Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood

- Bong Joon-Ho | Parasite

EE Rising Star (Voted for by the public

- Awkwafina

- Jack Lowden

- Kaitlyn Dever

- Kelvin Harrison Jr

- Micheal Ward

Film Not In The Englisg Language

- The Farewell

- For Sama

- Pain and Glory

- Parasite

- Portrait of a Lady On Fire

Original Screenplay

- Booksmart | Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman

- Knives Out | Rian Johnson

- Marriage Story | Noah Baumbach

- Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood | Quentin Tarantino

- Parasite | Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho

Best Film

- The Irishman | Steven Zaillian

- Jojo Rabbit | Taika Waititi

- Joker | Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

-Little Women | Greta Gerwig

- The Two Popes | Anthony McCarten

Animated Film

- Frozen 2

- Klaus

- A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

- Toy Story 4


- American Factory

- Apollo 11

- Diego Maradona

- For Sama

- The Great Hack

Original Score

- 1917 | Thomas Newman

- Jojo Rabbit | Michael Giacchino

- Joker | Hildur Guđnadóttir

- Little Women | Alexandre Desplat

- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | John Williams

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