In the lead up to the Oscars, the BAFTAs is one of the key precursor prizes. When considering how a film has fared, we assign 4 of our 35 boxes to the nominations by the British academy. Only three films ticked all four boxes on January 9 by getting BAFTA Awards bids for Best Picture, director, screenplay and at least one performance. They are Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Yorgos Lanthimos‘ “The Favourite” and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born.”
“Green Book” earned three ticks – for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and acting (Mahershala Ali in supporting and Viggo Mortensen in lead). That takes it up to 16 boxes in total, and it keeps the lead for now. With Peter Farrelly missing out on a Best Director bid from BAFTA, “BlacKkKlansman” and “A Star is Born” closed the gap, and now have 14 ticks apiece. Likewise, “The Favourite” is now at 12.
“Vice”earned two out of four ticks, for acting (Christian Bale in lead, Sam Rockwell and Amy Adams in supporting) and writing, but Adam McKay missed out on a director and picture nomination, so it only manages to move to 13 and falls to third place.
“Roma” checked the picture, director and writing boxes (all for Alfonso Cuaron) but missed out on acting. It is now in fifth place with 11 boxes ticked.
Despite reaping seven nominations, “Bohemian Rhapsody” only ticked one box here (for Rami Malek in acting). It is now at nine boxes. “If Beale Street Could Talk” also managed one tick (writing, for Barry Jenkins) and sits on seven.
Elsewhere, “Widows” finally got on the board with Viola Davis earning a Best Actress nomination. Steve McQueen’s movie moves up to one. Hurrah!
Next up are the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, January 13. Stay tuned.
Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 22.