BAFTA revealed a lively film nominations list this morning full of talking points. Among major surprises were the omissions of Killers Of The Flower Moon actress Lily Gladstone, who last week won a Golden Globe for her performance, and Martin Scorsese and Barbie director Greta Gerwig from the director categories.
Killers Of The Flower Moon still scored an impressive nine nominations – though Leonardo DiCaprio did not make the cut – but Barbie fared less well. After garnering nine Golden Globe noms and converting in two categories, Warner Bros’ box office juggernaut made the cut in only five BAFTA categories today.
The picture is perhaps slightly less surprising given the context of a push BAFTA has made in recent years to spotlight a greater diversity of content, including more British films. The organisation has faced criticism from some that its film nominees in recent years have too closely mirrored the Oscars and haven’t been “British” enough. Three of the six best director nominees are European, which will please some. Suffice to say, Gladstone and Scorsese (and probably Gerwig) are highly likely to hear their names called out come Oscar nomination day.
Meanwhile, despite Poor Things garnering eleven nominations, Golden Globes-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos was a shock omission to some in the Best Director category after such universal acclaim.
A pleasant surprise came in the shape of Justine Triet’s French-language hit Anatomy Of A Fall garnering seven nominations, including Best Film, Director and Actress. The film, which has been on a mission since its Cannes Palme d’Or win last May, continues the recent trend of foreign language movies punching across major categories at the BAFTAs and Oscars (See All Quiet On The Western Front, Parasite etc).
Among movies that failed to ignite with voters were May December and Nyad, which received zero nominations between them, and Michael Mann’s big budget Ferrari, which only got one nomination (Sound). Napoleon got four nominations but no acting, director or cinematography nods.
Past Lives scored three nominations after being long-listed for six, but wasn’t present in Best Director or Best Film. Meanwhile, Saltburn saw its 11 long-list nominations reduced to five.
Among other surprises were German actress Sandra Hüller getting nominations in both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, a hugely impressive feat. The latter coming for her turn in The Zone Of Interest.