Film - BAFTA Film Award Winners


The BAFTA Film Awards have been announced. So how did Mystic Mug aka Susan Omand get on with her predictions? See the full list of winners...

The Favourite was yet again the favourite at an awards ceremony, picking up 7 awards, including being named Outstanding British Film. Olivia Colman received the BAFTA for Leading Actress, with Rachel Weisz taking Supporting Actress and Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara winning Original Screenplay. Sandy Powell won Costume Design,Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton won Production Design and Nadia Stacey won Make Up & Hair.

Roma was also a big winner with four awards: Best Film, Director, Cinematography and Film Not in the English Language for Alfonso Cuarón.

Rami Malik won Leading Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and it was good to hear him give credit to Dexter Fletcher's directorship in his acceptance speech. The film also won the award for Sound.

Supporting Actor went to Mahershala Ali for his performance in Green Book but that was the film's only award of the night, likewise BlacKkKlansman picked up its only award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse took the award for Animated Film, and Documentary was won by Free Solo. Other solo winners included A Star Is Born for Original Music, Vice for Editing and Black Panther received the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects.

Writer/Director Michael Pearce and Producer Lauren Dark received the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Beast and The EE Rising Star Award, voted for by the public, went to Letitia Wright.

The short film categories saw 73 Cows won the British Short Film award, while the BAFTA for British Short Animation was won by Roughhouse.

The Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was presented to Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the producing partnership under the name of Number 9 Films. who have created some of the most iconic British films of recent years, including The Crying Game, Company of Wolves, Little Voice, Scandal, Carol and Colette. Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen commented on their award when it was announced, saying “We are both extremely honoured to be given this prestigious award. Just to be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Balcon is special. We would like to thank BAFTA for recognising the importance of independent producers in the UK and thank everyone involved.”

The Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow, was presented to editor Thelma Schoonmaker. Born in Algiers in 1940, Schoonmaker moved to the United States as a teenager and attended Cornell University, studying Political Science and Russian language. After graduating from Cornell in 1961, she began a course at Columbia University in Primitive Art. During this time Schoonmaker responded to an advertisement in The New York Times for a trainee assistant film editor and got the job. She then signed up for a brief six-week course in film-making at New York University, where she came into contact with a young filmmaker called Martin Scorsese (find our Martin Scorsese articles here - Ed) after a professor asked that she could help him salvage the badly mangled negative of his student film; What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Subsequently in 1967 Schoonmaker went on to help Scorsese edit his first feature film Who’s That Knocking at My Door marking the beginning of an illustrious filmmaking partnership, which continues to this day. Her acclaimed career has spanned over 50 years, editing every single feature film directed by Martin Scorsese since Raging Bull. Schoonmaker’s work on The King of Comedy, Cape Fear, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street all earned her BAFTA Award nominations with Schoonmaker winning the BAFTA for Raging Bull and Goodfellas. Schoonmaker is also the recipient of seven Academy Award nominations winning three Oscars for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. Schoonmaker’s partnership with Martin Scorsese continues with The Irishman which is set to be released by Netflix in 2019.

Schoonmaker was married to British filmmaker Michael Powell from 1984 until his death in 1990, and since Powell’s death she has worked tirelessly honouring his legacy and preserving the films of Powell & Pressburger. On hearing of her award, she said "I am staggered to be asked to join such an illustrious group as the BAFTA Fellows and particularly moved and honoured to be joining two of the most important people in my life - my director, Martin Scorsese, and my late husband, Michael Powell and his partner Emeric Pressburger - all of whom have been given BAFTA Fellowships. The British Cinema has been a huge influence on Martin Scorsese and through his teachings on me, I am blessed to be able to help him with the continuing restoration of the Powell and Pressburger legacy. I give my deepest thanks to BAFTA for honouring that work and my work as Scorsese's editor with this Fellowship."

The ceremony was televised on BBC last night. Whether the script for host Ms Lumley was award-winning or not, we'll leave to your own discretion.





Here's the full list of nominations with Susan's comments from the nominations below each list. The **WINNERS** have been highlighted and a running total of how many predictions Susan actually got right added. (We don't expect to need our other hand never mind having to take shoes and socks off to count those though. - Ed)


BEST FILM - Susan's Score 0/1

BLACKkKLANSMAN Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele
THE FAVOURITE Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday
GREEN BOOK Jim Burke, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Charles B. Wessler
** WINNER ** ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez
A STAR IS BORN Bradley Cooper, Bill Gerber, Lynette Howell Taylor

I've heard good things about all of these and, although I'd really like for Green Book to win it, it will go to The Favourite.


OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM - Susan's Score 1/2

BEAST Michael Pearce, Kristian Brodie, Lauren Dark, Ivana MacKinnon
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Bryan Singer, Graham King, Anthony McCarten
** WINNER ** THE FAVOURITE Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
McQUEEN Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui, Andee Ryder, Nick Taussig
STAN & OLLIE Jon S. Baird, Faye Ward, Jeff Pope
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE Lynne Ramsay, Rosa Attab, Pascal Caucheteux, James Wilson

There are indeed some outstanding films here. I'd be happy if either You Were Never or Bo Rhap won but, again, I see it going to The Favourite.


OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER - Susan's Score 2/3

APOSTASY Daniel Kokotajlo (Writer/Director)
** WINNER ** BEAST Michael Pearce (Writer/Director), Lauren Dark (Producer)
A CAMBODIAN SPRING Chris Kelly (Writer/Director/Producer)
PILI Leanne Welham (Writer/Director), Sophie Harman (Producer)
RAY & LIZ Richard Billingham (Writer/Director), Jacqui Davies (Producer)

There's a lot of controversial films here. No, controversial isn't really the right word but they all seek to "send a message" and fill an agenda as far as I can see. Although I'd like Ray & Liz to win, it will go to Beast.


FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE - Susan's Score 3/4 (hang on, is she cheating?! - Ed)

CAPERNAUM Nadine Labaki, Khaled Mouzanar
COLD WAR Paweł Pawlikowski, Tanya Seghatchian, Ewa Puszczyńska
DOGMAN Matteo Garrone
** WINNER ** ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez
SHOPLIFTERS Hirokazu Kore-eda, Kaoru Matsuzaki

It's really good that at least three of these films have made it to mainstream screens this year.  I'd love for Shoplifters to win but I think it will go to Roma.


DOCUMENTARY - Susan's Score 3/5 (no, obviously not cheating. Or deliberately throwing this one as a double bluff - Ed)

** WINNER ** FREE SOLO Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
McQUEEN Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
RBG Julie Cohen, Betsy West
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD Peter Jackson
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS Tim Wardle, Grace Hughes-Hallett, Becky Read

I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that the one I want to win, will win and that's They Shall Not Grow Old


ANIMATED FILM - Susan's Score 4/6 (Definitely threw the last one - Ed)

INCREDIBLES 2 Brad Bird, John Walker
ISLE OF DOGS Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson
** WINNER **SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord

To be quite honest, I'd be happy with any of these as winners but I really hope it's Spider-Man!



DIRECTOR - Susan's Score 5/7 (she must be cheating - Ed)

BLACKkKLANSMAN Spike Lee
COLD WAR Paweł Pawlikowski
THE FAVOURITE Yorgos Lanthimos
** DIRECTOR ** ROMA Alfonso Cuarón
A STAR IS BORN Bradley Cooper

This is a category that annoys me. I love Spike Lee's work, so that's who I want to win even though I'm not keen on this film, and I think Bradley Cooper (annoyingly talented git that he is) has done well with what he had with A Star, but Alfonso Cuaron is going to take it with Roma.



ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY - Susan's Score 6/8 (maybe she just knows the British film audience really really well? - Ed)

COLD WAR Janusz Głowacki, Paweł Pawlikowski
** WINNER ** THE FAVOURITE Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
GREEN BOOK Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga
ROMA Alfonso Cuarón
VICE Adam McKay

There's no doubt at all about the fact that The Favourite will take this but I really wish it would be Vice.


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Susan's Score 6/9 (or maybe she doesn't - Ed)

** WINNER ** BLACKkKLANSMAN Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
FIRST MAN Josh Singer
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Barry Jenkins
A STAR IS BORN Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth

Beale Street deserves the award but A Star is Born will get it because it's the best known "remake".



LEADING ACTRESS - Susan's Score 7/10 (well this one was obvious - Ed)

GLENN CLOSE The Wife
LADY GAGA A Star Is Born
MELISSA McCARTHY Can You Ever Forgive Me?
** WINNER ** OLIVIA COLMAN The Favourite
VIOLA DAVIS Widows

What is Melissa McCarthy doing on this list? Anyway, even though Glenn Close got the Golden Globe I think is should and will go to Olivia "National Treasure" Colman.


LEADING ACTOR - Susan's Score 8/11 (cue a not at all disappointed Susan - Ed)

BRADLEY COOPER A Star Is Born
CHRISTIAN BALE Vice
** WINNER ** RAMI MALEK Bohemian Rhapsody
STEVE COOGAN Stan & Ollie
VIGGO MORTENSEN Green Book

Argh. Another tough category! Even though Christian Bale should get it because he should get every award he goes for, I'm really not going to be at all disappointed when the wonderful Rami Malek picks up the award. 


SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Susan's Score 9/12 (rumours of her cheating resurface - Ed)

AMY ADAMS Vice
CLAIRE FOY First Man
EMMA STONE The Favourite
MARGOT ROBBIE Mary Queen of Scots
** WINNER ** RACHEL WEISZ The Favourite

As long as it's not Margot Robbie. Seriously though I think Rachel Weisz will edge out her co-star for this award.


SUPPORTING ACTOR - Susan's Score 9/13 (and rumours are conveniently scotched again - Ed)

ADAM DRIVER BlacKkKlansman
** WINNER ** MAHERSHALA ALI Green Book
RICHARD E. GRANT Can You Ever Forgive Me?
SAM ROCKWELL Vice
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET Beautiful Boy

Like Bale, Richard E Grant should get every award he is ever nominated for but this time it will go to Timothee Chalamet.


ORIGINAL MUSIC - Susan's Score 10/14 (Wow, double figures, may need to take shoes & socks off now - Ed)

BLACKkKLANSMAN Terence Blanchard
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK Nicholas Britell
ISLE OF DOGS Alexandre Desplat
MARY POPPINS RETURNS Marc Shaiman
** WINNER ** A STAR IS BORN Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson

This will probably go A Star is Born, because Gaga, although (surprisingly maybe) I think Mary Poppins deserves it for carrying the feel of the original film music on to the sequel so well.


CINEMATOGRAPHY - Susan's Score 11/15 (lucky pin... and a weird sock smell - Ed)

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Newton Thomas Sigel
COLD WAR Łukasz Żal
THE FAVOURITE Robbie Ryan
FIRST MAN Linus Sandgren
** WINNER ** ROMA Alfonso Cuarón

I really can't call this one. They are all really amazing looking films but all for different reasons. I'm going to stick a pin in Roma though and say it's going to take it.


EDITING - Susan's Score 11/16 (should have gone with her instincts - Ed) 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY John Ottman
THE FAVOURITE Yorgos Mavropsaridis
FIRST MAN Tom Cross
ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough
** WINNER ** VICE Hank Corwin

Again, Roma is a possibility for this one but, much as I'd love for Vice to get it, it's going to go to The Favourite.


PRODUCTION DESIGN - Susan's Score 12/17 (yep, predictable - Ed)

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
** WINNER **THE FAVOURITE Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
FIRST MAN Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
MARY POPPINS RETURNS John Myhre, Gordon Sim
ROMA Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enríquez

Sorry to be so predictable but this is probably going to go to The Favourite because "period drama" although it would be fab if Fantastic Beasts or Mary Poppins grabbed it with bright brashness.


COSTUME DESIGN - Susan's Score 13/18 (ooh, lucky for some - Ed)

THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS Mary Zophres
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Julian Day
** WINNER ** THE FAVOURITE Sandy Powell
MARY POPPINS RETURNS Sandy Powell
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Alexandra Byrne

I really hope that Bo Rhap takes this one because they did such a good job on some very iconic outfits but I think The Favourite will lift this one too.


MAKE UP & HAIR - Susan's Score 13/19 (ooh, unlucky for some - Ed)

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Mark Coulier, Jan Sewell
** WINNER ** THE FAVOURITE Nadia Stacey
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Jenny Shircore
STAN & OLLIE Mark Coulier, Jeremy Woodhead
VICE Nominees TBC

Purely for Christian Bale's look, Vice should get this award over and over again but (and here's an out-there prediction) MQoS will take it.



SOUND - Susan's Score 13/20 (again, should have gone for heart over head - Ed)

** WINNER ** BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY John Casali, Tim Cavagin, Nina Hartstone, Paul Massey, John Warhurst
FIRST MAN Mary H. Ellis, Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT Gilbert Lake, James H. Mather, Christopher Munro, Mike Prestwood Smith
A QUIET PLACE Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Procter, Ethan Van der Ryn
A STAR IS BORN Steve Morrow, Alan Robert Murray, Jason Ruder, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic

Does nobody else see the irony of nominating A Quiet Place in the Best Sound category? Bo Rhap should get this but I think Star is Born will take it.


SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS - Susan's Score 14/21 (well, it was Marvellous. I said Marvel-lous. Marvel? Oh never mind - Ed)

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Kelly Port, Dan Sudick
** WINNER ** BLACK PANTHER Geoffrey Baumann, Jesse James Chisholm, Craig Hammack, Dan Sudick
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD Tim Burke, Andy Kind, Christian Manz, David Watkins
FIRST MAN Ian Hunter, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, J.D. Schwalm
READY PLAYER ONE Matthew E. Butler, Grady Cofer, Roger Guyett, David Shirk

Why is it that so many of the huge blockbuster-y movies only get a mention in the VFX categories? I'd love Fantastic Beasts to get this but it will go to Black Panther.


BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION - Susan's Score 14/22 (I've been told to shut up after milking the last comment. Marvel? Milk? Just me then. - Ed)

I’M OK Elizabeth Hobbs, Abigail Addison, Jelena Popović
MARFA Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod
** WINNER ** ROUGHHOUSE Jonathan Hodgson, Richard Van Den Boom

Because I love the artwork I'm going to say that I'm OK by Elizabeth Hobbs is going to take this one.


BRITISH SHORT FILM - Susan's Score 14/23 (Damn, used the milk pun too early - Ed) 

** WINNER ** 73 COWS Alex Lockwood

BACHELOR, 38 Angela Clarke
THE BLUE DOOR Ben Clark, Megan Pugh, Paul Taylor
THE FIELD Sandhya Suri, Thomas Bidegain, Balthazar de Ganay
WALE Barnaby Blackburn, Sophie Alexander, Catherine Slater, Edward Speleers

I'm going to have to pick Wale for this, since I reviewed it on The DreamCage!

EE RISING STAR AWARD - Your chance to vote! Susan's Final Score 14/24. 



And finally the EE Rising Star Award. There are five nominees:

Barry Keoghan,
Cynthia Erivo,
Jessie Buckley,
Lakeith Stanfield
and Letitia Wright.

You voted for who you would like to win but my vote goes to... BARRY KEOGHAN. And Susan was WRONG! (There's a surprise - Ed) Letitia Wright got your vote.

So there we have it 14 correct predictions (lucky guesses - Ed) out of 24 is an impressive haul for this year. Let's see how we get on with the Oscars next.

Images - BAFTA