The BAFTAs have foreseen seven of the 12 Best Picture Oscar winners — Gladiator” (2000), “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “The King’s Speech” (2010), “The Artist” (2011) and “Argo” (2012) — since these kudos were moved up in 2000 to take place while academy members are still voting.
Among the other major categories, it has enjoyed varied success as a precursor prize to the Oscars as detailed below:
Best Director: 8/12
Best Actor: 7/13, including last three in a row
Best Actress: 8/12
Best Supporting Actor: 7/12, including last two in a row
Best Supporting Actress: 10/12, including last two in a row
Best Original Screenplay: 8/12, including last year
Best Adapted Screenplay: 6/12
Last year, “Argo” won only three of its seven BAFTA races, but they were big ones: Picture, Director (Ben Affleck) and Editing. While Affleck was snubbed by the Oscars, his film won Best Picture there as well as the editing and adapted screenplay prizes (“Silver Linings Playbook” had claimed the latter at the BAFTAs.) Other repeat winners with both the BAFTAs and Oscars included: “Les Miserables,” which claimed Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Makeup & Hair and Sound at both kudos (as well as Production Design at BAFTA); “Django Unchained” which took Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Original Screenplay at both; and Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) who was named Best Actor on both sides of the pond.
In 2011, “The Artist” won seven of its leading 12 BAFTA bids — Best Picture, Director & Original Screenplay (Michel Hazanavicius), Actor (Jean Dujardin), Cinematography, Costume Design and Score. At the Oscars, it repeated in five of those — Picture, Director, Actor, Costume Design and Score. “The Iron Lady” won two of its three BAFTA bids: Best Actress (Meryl Streep) and Makeup and repeated with both at the Oscars. And “Hugo,” which reaped nine BAFTA nods, won two as well — Production Design and Sound. It won both those plus Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects at the Oscars. “The Help” won just one of its five BAFTA races — Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer); she also claimed the Oscar. And Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) became the oldest BAFTA acting champ with his Supporting Actor win for “Beginnners” before doing the same at the Oscars.
In 2010, “The King’s Speech” won seven of its 14 BAFTA bids — Picture, Actor (Colin Firth), Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Original Screenplay, Score and Best British Film. At the Oscars, it only repeated for Best Picture, Actor and Original Screenplay. While helmer Tom Hooper had been bested at BAFTA by David Fincher (“The Social Network”), he won the Academy Award. At BAFTA, “The Social Network” had batted .500, prevailing in three of its six races — Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing. It won the latter two at the Oscars as well as Score. And while Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) repeated as Best Actress at the Oscars, the supporting awards went to “The Fighter” featured players Christian Bale (who had contended at BAFTA) and Melissa Leo (who had not).
In 2009, “The Hurt Locker” won six of its eight BAFTA bids and repeated at the Oscars for Best Picture, Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Original Screenplay, Editing and Sound. “Avatar” prevailed in just two of its eight BAFTA categories — Production Design and Visual Effects — and also won those at the Oscars as well as Cinematography over BAFTA champ “Hurt Locker.” “An Education” took just one of its eight nominations with a Best Actress win for Carey Mulligan (“The Blind Side” starring Oscar winner Sandra Bullock was not released in time to contend). “Up in the Air” went one for six winning Adapted Screenplay; it was shut out of the Oscars, losing that writing race to “Precious,” which had come out on top in one of its four BAFTA categories, Supporting Actress (Mo’Nique) who also won at the Oscars. The lone win for “Inglorious Basterds” at both awards was for Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz. The BAFTAs went for native Colin Firth (“A Single Man”) over eventual Oscar winner Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”).
In 2008, “Slumdog Millionaire” won with BAFTA first as did three of the four Oscar acting champs — Kate Winslet (“The Reader”), Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”) and Penelope Cruz (“Vicky Christina Barcelona”). BAFTA Best Actor champ Mickey Rourke (“The Wrestler”) lost the Oscar to Sean Penn (“Milk”).
While home-grown “Atonement” took the 2007 BAFTA Best Picture prize over eventual Oscar winner “No Country for Old Men,” all four BAFTA acting winners — Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”), Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”) and Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) — went on to repeat at the Oscars.
In 2006, “The Queen” won over the Brits for Best Picture edging out eventual Oscar champ “The Departed.” Again, all four of the acting champs — Forrest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”), Helen Mirren (“The Queen”), Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”) went on to Oscar wins.
In 2005, BAFTA went for “Brokeback Mountain” over eventual Oscar winner “Crash.” Only the lead acting winners — Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote”) and Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) added Oscars to their mantles.
In 2004, “Million Dollar Baby” did not open in time to contend at the BAFTAs which named “The Aviator” as Best Picture. That film’s featured player Cate Blanchett won at both ceremonies as did lead actor Jamie Foxx (“Ray”).
In 2003, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” won top prize at both awards but only Supporting Actress Renee Zellwegger (“Cold Mountain”) repeated.
In 2002, the BAFTAs embraced “The Pianist” while the Oscars loved the razzle-dazzle of “Chicago.” Only the actresses — Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”) pulled off a double play.
In 2001, “A Beautiful Mind” scored on both sides of the Atlantic, as did its featured female Jennifer Connelly.
And in 2000, “Gladiator” won both awards as did lead actress Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich”) and supporting actor Benicio del Toro (“Traffic”).
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