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.
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.
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.
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
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
Sorry We Missed You
The Two Popes
Jessie Buckley - Wild Rose
Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
Charlize Theron - Bombshell
Renée Zellweger - Judy
Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Adam Driver - Marriage Story
Taron Egerton - Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes
Laura Dern - Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh - Little Women
Margot Robbie - Bombshell
Margot Robbie - Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
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
Kelvin Harrison Jr
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady On Fire
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
The Irishman - Steven Zaillian
Jojo Rabbit - Taika Waititi
Joker - Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Little Women - Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes - Anthony McCarten
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Toy Story 4
The Great Hack
1917 - Thomas Newman
Jojo Rabbit - Michael Giacchino
Joker - Hildur Guđnadóttir
Little Women - Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - John Williams