2019 BAFTA nominations preview: What do the British Academy Awards mean for Oscars?

Nominations for the 72nd annual BAFTA Awards will be revealed on Jan. 9. That is five 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. 10. This is two days before Oscar voters begin final voting. The 91st annual Academy Awards take place on Sunday, February 24.

The British Academy of Film and Television Academy has approximately 8,000 voting members as does the academy. The Brits began voting for their nominations for on Dec. 14. They had until Jan. 2 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 17 Best Picture Oscar winners. Last year, the BAFTAs went with the home-grown “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” over “The Shape of Water.”

In 2017, the British embraced “La La Land” over eventual Oscar winner “Moonlight.” Likewise in 2016, they opted for “The Revenant” instead of the academy’s choice “Spotlight” and in 2015 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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