BAFTA NOMINATIONS 2020

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

By Jonathan Reed |

7 January 2020

Bafta 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.

The announcement of this years nominations - © Getty Images

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.

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.

The hashtag ‘#BaftaSoWhite’ trended in response to the announcement as it became apparent that no persons of colour had been nominated in any category. With the astonishing performance by Cynthia Erivo in Harriet, a biopic about Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery, it is utterly perplexing why Bafta haven’t included her.

Cynthia Erivo starring as Harriet Tubman - © Focus Features

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 Sam Mendes, 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.

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
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
LEADING ACTRESS
LEADING ACTOR
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
SUPPORTING ACTOR
DIRECTOR
EE RISING STAR (VOTED FOR BY THE PUBLIC)
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ANIMATED FILM
DOCUMENTARY
ORIGINAL SCORE