Film - EE BAFTA Nominations 2020


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2020. Susan Omand picks her winners...

So, out of the 39 feature films getting a mention, it looks like Joker leads the pack in the BAFTA nominations this year with 11, followed closely by The Irishman and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, both with 10 with the Golden Globe winning 1917 getting 9 nods.

Looking at the lists, it's good to see films not in the English language making it into several of the mainstream categories again this year after Roma broke the mould last year. It's also good to see a documentary, For Sama, making it into the Outstanding British film category. Avoiding the comment that everyone else is making about the lack of diversity in the acting categories, I do think that they will be hard-fought and it will be interesting to see which of Margot Robbie's roles does better as she goes up against herself in the Supporting Actress category. Unsurprisingly, though, none of the big superhero blockbusters or sci-fi epics made it any further than the technical categories... unless you count Shaun the Sheep that is.

However, the films that are nominated are all good ones, if not unexpected, and I don't think there's any that really don't deserve to be there for one reason or another.

The nominations were announced by Ella Balinska and Asa Butterfield at BAFTA Piccadilly in London. and you can watch the announcement below:



It seems a little bit like cheating picking my winners so soon after The Golden Globes have been handed out but I am not going to let them influence me... much. The full list of nominees is below with my choices marked as ** WILL WIN ** (and ** SHOULD WIN ** if heart over-rules head at any point).

BEST FILM

** WILL WIN ** 1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren
THE IRISHMAN Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
JOKER Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE Bong Joon-ho, Kwak Sin-ae


OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

** WILL WIN ** 1917 Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
BAIT Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
ROCKETMAN Dexter Fletcher, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Lee Hall
SORRY WE MISSED YOU Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
THE TWO POPES Fernando Meirelles, Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin, Tracey Seaward, Anthony McCarten


OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

BAIT Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
** WILL WIN ** FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)
MAIDEN Alex Holmes (Director)
ONLY YOU Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)
RETABLO Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Director/co-Writer)


FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE FAREWELL Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
PAIN AND GLORY Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
** WILL WIN ** PARASITE Bong Joon-ho
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur


DOCUMENTARY

AMERICAN FACTORY Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
** WILL WIN ** APOLLO 11 Todd Douglas Miller
DIEGO MARADONA Asif Kapadia
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
THE GREAT HACK Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim


ANIMATED FILM

** WILL WIN ** FROZEN 2 Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho
KLAUS Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh
A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley
** SHOULD WIN ** TOY STORY 4 Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen

DIRECTOR

1917 Sam Mendes
THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese
JOKER Todd Phillips
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino
** WILL WIN ** PARASITE Bong Joon-ho


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

BOOKSMART Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
KNIVES OUT Rian Johnson
MARRIAGE STORY Noah Baumbach
** WILL WIN ** ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE IRISHMAN Steven Zaillian
JOJO RABBIT Taika Waititi
** WILL WIN ** JOKER Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
LITTLE WOMEN Greta Gerwig
THE TWO POPES Anthony McCarten



LEADING ACTRESS

JESSIE BUCKLEY Wild Rose
SCARLETT JOHANSSON Marriage Story
SAOIRSE RONAN Little Women
** SHOULD WIN ** CHARLIZE THERON Bombshell
** WILL WIN ** RENÉE ZELLWEGER Judy


LEADING ACTOR

LEONARDO DICAPRIO Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
ADAM DRIVER Marriage Story
TARON EGERTON Rocketman
** WILL WIN ** JOAQUIN PHOENIX Joker
JONATHAN PRYCE The Two Popes


SUPPORTING ACTRESS

LAURA DERN Marriage Story
SCARLETT JOHANSSON Jojo Rabbit
** SHOULD WIN ** FLORENCE PUGH Little Women
MARGOT ROBBIE Bombshell
** WILL WIN ** MARGOT ROBBIE Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


SUPPORTING ACTOR (just look at this list, how do you even start to choose?!)

TOM HANKS A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
ANTHONY HOPKINS The Two Popes
AL PACINO The Irishman
JOE PESCI The Irishman
** WILL WIN ** BRAD PITT Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood



ORIGINAL SCORE

1917 Thomas Newman
JOJO RABBIT Michael Giacchino
** WILL WIN ** JOKER Hildur Guđnadóttir
LITTLE WOMEN Alexandre Desplat
** SHOULD WIN ** STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER John Williams


CASTING

JOKER Shayna Markowitz
MARRIAGE STORY Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler
** WILL WIN ** ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Victoria Thomas
THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD Sarah Crowe
THE TWO POPES Nina Gold


CINEMATOGRAPHY

** WILL WIN ** 1917 Roger Deakins
THE IRISHMAN Rodrigo Prieto
JOKER Lawrence Sher
LE MANS ’66 Phedon Papamichael
** SHOULD WIN ** THE LIGHTHOUSE Jarin Blaschke


EDITING

THE IRISHMAN Thelma Schoonmaker
JOJO RABBIT Tom Eagles
JOKER Jeff Groth
** WILL WIN ** LE MANS ’66 Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Fred Raskin



PRODUCTION DESIGN

** WILL WIN ** 1917 Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales
THE IRISHMAN Bob Shaw, Regina Graves
JOJO RABBIT Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková
JOKER Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh


COSTUME DESIGN

THE IRISHMAN Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell
JOJO RABBIT Mayes C. Rubeo
** WILL WIN ** JUDY Jany Temime
LITTLE WOMEN Jacqueline Durran
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Arianne Phillips


MAKE UP & HAIR

1917 Naomi Donne
BOMBSHELL Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan
** WILL WIN ** JOKER Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann
JUDY Jeremy Woodhead
ROCKETMAN Lizzie Yianni Georgiou



SOUND

1917 Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson
JOKER Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic
LE MANS ’66 David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester
ROCKETMAN Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan
** WILL WIN ** STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood


SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

1917 Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy
AVENGERS: ENDGAME Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick
THE IRISHMAN Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman
** WILL WIN ** THE LION KING Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy


BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC. Maryam Mohajer
IN HER BOOTS Kathrin Steinbacher
** WILL WIN ** THE MAGIC BOAT Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel


BRITISH SHORT FILM

AZAAR Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring
GOLDFISH Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill
KAMALI Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad
** SHOULD WIN just because of the title** LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva
** WILL WIN ** THE TRAP Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald


As announced yesterday, the EE RISING STAR AWARD nominees are:

** WILL WIN ** AWKWAFINA
KAITLYN DEVER
KELVIN HARRISON JR.
** SHOULD WIN ** JACK LOWDEN
MICHEAL WARD

The EE British Academy Film Awards, which recognise the very best in film of the past year, take place on Sunday 2 February at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Graham Norton and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD in the UK and in all major territories around the world.

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