2018 BAFTA nominations preview: What do the British Academy Awards mean for Oscars?

Nominations for the 71st annual BAFTA Awards will be revealed on Jan. 9. That is three days before the deadline for Oscar voters to weigh in with their choices for nominations. The BAFTAs will be handed out in London on Feb. 18. That is two days before Oscar voters begin final voting. The 90th annual Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 4.

The 7,580 members of the British Academy of Film and Television Academy began voting for these nominations for on Dec. 15. They had until Jan. 2, 2018 to complete their ballots online. Historically, about two-thirds of the contenders here also reap Oscar bids.

Since the BAFTAs moved up in 2000 to take place before the Oscars, these kudos have foreseen eight of the 16 Best Picture Oscar winners. Last year, the BAFTAs went with “La La Land” over eventual Oscar winner “Moonlight.” Likewise in 2016, it opted for “The Revenant” instead of the academy’s choice “Spotlight” and in 2014 it’s pick was “Boyhood” while Best Picture at the Oscars went to “Birdman.”

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However, they got it right in the first five years of the expanded Best Picture race: “The Hurt Locker” (2010), “The King’s Speech” (2011), “The Artist” (2012), “Argo” (2013) and “12 Years a Slave” (2014).  And the British academy also previewed the Oscar wins for “Gladiator” (2001), “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2004) and “Slumdog Millionaire” (2009).

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