Watch BAFTA Nominated Films with Curzon Home Cinema
‘Tis the season to be awarding again. With the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards fast approaching, catch up on six films nominated for awards: Apostasy, Beast, Cold War, Dogman, McQueen and RBG, all available to watch now on Curzon Home Cinema.
No sooner is Christmas over than some members of the film industry find themselves recipients of the presents they were really dreaming of – an accolade from their peers (or, in the case of the Golden Globes, the fusty members that make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.) The various guilds in Hollywood have recently been handing out their awards. With the Golden Globes decided, that leaves three major awards ceremonies left.
The Oscars round off the season, immediately preceded by the Independent Spirit Awards. But first there’s our own BAFTAs, which unfolds on 10 February. The BAFTA nominees were announced on Wednesday and, thanks to a late entry, plus some upsets at the Golden Globes, bookies are having to amend their odds.
Wins for Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book at the Globes, beating out A Star is Born, might be an early peak for the films and may not reflect on the results of the Oscars, although Glenn Close’s surprise win over Lady Gaga for The Wife has certainly thrown the Best Lead Actress category into turmoil. Likewise the arrival of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite at the end of the year has certainly lobbed a royal spanner in the works for Bradley Cooper’s hugely popular love story-cum-showbiz tragedy.
So, to the BAFTAs
Lanthimos’ film leads the way with 12 nominations. Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma, A Star is Born and First Man all trail with seven. Interestingly, Bohemian Rhapsody and First Man didn’t make it into the Best Film category, which is rounded out by Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Green Book. Lee also joined Cooper, Lanthimos and Alfonso Cuarón (Roma) for the Best Director award, with that category completed by a deserving Paweł Pawlikowski for his sublime Cold War.
In the acting stakes, Golden Globe winners Close and Olivia Colman (The Favourite) will battle it out against Lady Gaga, Viola Davis (Widows, the film’s only nomination) and Melissa McCarthy (Can you Ever Forgive Me?) Colman is the clear favourite going in, as she’ll be appealing to a home crowd. Globe winners Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Christian Bale (Vice) will go head-to-head against Cooper, Steve Coogan (Stan & Ollie) and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book).
In the supporting stakes, Amy Adams (Vice), Claire Foy (First Man), Emma Stone (The Favourite), Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots) and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) are all up for Best Supporting Actress. Weisz is the frontrunner, but if her vote is split with Emma Stone, her co-star in The Favourite, Claire Foy could potentially break through.
If there’s a glaring omission from these categories, it’s Yalitza Aparicio, the extraordinary lead in Cuarón’s Roma. The acting categories have always been tough for non-English-speaking performances, with just four wins for Best Actress over the awards’ history (Simone Signoret in 1952; Sophia Loren in 1961; Stéphane Audran in 1973, and Marion Cotillard in 2007). But it’s more than a shame for Aparicio not to receive a nod for bravura screen debut.
In the Best Supporting Actor stakes, Mahershala Ali is the bookies’ shoo-in for Green Book. But he’s up against local competition from a superb Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), along with Sam Rockwell (Vice), Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman) and Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy).
The Best Film Not in the English Language is a tough call. Capernaum, Cold War, Dogman, Roma and Shoplifters are all strong and have each won awards at festivals from Cannes to Venice. But Roma has entered the awards season with the greatest momentum and currently seems unstoppable. It’s likely it will also win Best Director for Cuarón and his film may even pick up the Best Original Screenplay Award over Cold War, The Favourite, Green Book and Vice.
Best Adapted Screenplay is a little trickier. Barry Jenkins’ take on James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk is beautiful and up against BlacKkKlansman, First Man and A Star is Born. But Nicole Holofcener’s lovingly crafted Can You Ever Forgive Me? might just be a curveball choice.
Most of the other categories feature the titles mentioned above, with the odd nod to the Coen brothers’ gleefully mordant The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, A Quiet Place (surely a winner for Best Sound?), Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Mary Poppins Returns, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Ready Player One and Avengers: Infinity War. It’s perhaps a surprise that Black Panther only appears alongside its more expansive Marvel counterpart in the Special Visual Effects category. Expect to see it gain more traction come the Oscars.
In terms of documentary, the popular Free Solo faces up against box office success McQueen, timely RBG, Peter Jackson’s technically brilliant and moving They Shall Not Grow Old and Three Identical Strangers. It’s a tough category, but Jackson’s innovative reflection on the horror of the First World War might just lead.
In the shorts category, Curzon audiences – at cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema – will have the chance to see all the nominees themselves and decide on who is the most deserving. Look out for more on those entries shortly.
Finally, there are the three categories specific to the BAFTAs. Voting for the EE Rising Star Award is open to the public. Head over to the BAFTA website to cast your vote. The nominees this year are Barry Keoghan, Cynthia Erivo, Jessie Buckley, Lakeith Stanfield and Letitia Wright. The smart money is currently on Marvel star, Wright. The Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer features creatives who worked on Beast, Apostasy, A Cambodian Spring, Pili and Ray & Liz. While the Outstanding British Film sees The Favourite round out its 12 nominations against McQueen, Stan & Ollie, Bohemian Rhapsody, and the superb You Were Never Really Here and Beast. If Lanthimos’ film is set to bag gongs elsewhere, it would be great to see another film share the bounty here.
You can see the full list of nominees on BAFTA website. And here on the Curzon Blog we will be offering our own predictions on the winners and upsets at the BAFTAs in the coming weeks.
Watch a selection of the BAFTA nominated films now over on Curzon Home Cinema