Since the the BAFTAs moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000, it has become a fairly reliable barometer of who will win in the four acting races at the Academy Awards. However, there have been six occasions when it has gone with home-grown talent over the eventual Oscar winners. And there have been eight other times when British nominees have won without facing the eventual Academy Awards champs.
2000: Jamie Bell for “Billy Elliot” over Russell Crowe for “Gladiator”; Bell was snubbed by Oscars.
2002: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Gangs of New York” over Adrien Brody for “The Pianist.”
2009: Colin Firth for A Single Man” over Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart.”
In 2013, Chiwetel Ejiofor won the BAFTA for “12 Years a Slave,” 2013; Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) was not nominated at BAFTA.
2009: Carey Mulligan for “An Education” over Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side.”
In 2001 Judi Dench won the BAFTA for “Iris”; Oscar winner Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) was nominated at BAFTA the following year and lost to Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”).
In 2004 Imelda Staunton won the BAFTA for “Vera Drake”; Oscar winner Hillary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”) was not nominated at BAFTA.
Best Supporting Actor
2003: Bill Nighy for “Love Actually” over Tim Robbins for “Mystic River”; Nighy was snubbed by Oscars.
2017: Dev Patel for “Lion” over Mahershala Ali for “Moonlight.”
In 2004, Clive Owen won the BAFTA for “Closer”; Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) was not nominated at BAFTA.
Best Supporting Actress
In 2000, Julie Walters won the BAFTA for “Billy Elliot”; Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (“Pollock”) was not nominated at BAFTA.
In 2005, Thandie Newton won the BAFTA for “Crash”; Oscar winner Rachel Weisz contended in lead at BAFTA for “The Constant Gardener.”
In 2010: Helena Bonham-Carter won the BAFTA for “The King’s Speech”; Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) was not nominated at BAFTA.
In 2015: Kate Winslet won the BAFTA for “Steve Jobs”; Oscar winner Alicia Vikander contended in lead at BAFTA for “The Danish Girl.”