The 2019 BAFTA Awards are this Sunday, Feb. 10. The winners will be revealed just 36 hours before final Oscar voting kicks off on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The BAFTAs and Oscars have 18 categories in common. Last year, 13 of the BAFTA winners had a chance to practice their Oscar acceptance speeches, including all four acting champs. In 2017, the BAFTAs batted .500, with nine winners going on to claim Oscars and another nine not.
While the Oscars expanded the Best Picture race in 2010, the British academy stuck with five nominees. It has previewed the eventual Academy Awards winner just five times in the past nine years, with the last of these being “12 Years a Slave” in 2014. Last year’s big winner with the BAFTAs was “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which lost the top Oscar to “The Shape of Water.”
Let’s take a look at how the eight Best Picture nominees at the Academy Awards fared with the BAFTA nominations.
SEE 2019 BAFTA Awards by the numbers: Every film, every nomination
Any concern that this film would not resonate outside America was erased by the five BAFTA bids, including Best Picture and two for Spike Lee as both director and writer.
This Marvel movie was all but shut out here, reaping just one bid for Best Visual Effects. Ironically, this category does not number among its seven Oscar nominations.
While it was shut out of the Best Picture line-up, which only has five nominees, this biopic reaped a lucky seven bids, including one for Best Actor (Rami Malek). It is the strongest rival to “The Favourite” for Best British Film.
It earned more BAFTA nominations (12) than any other film this year. That certainly helped raise the profile of “The Shape of Water” last year. This home-grown favourite contends in all the top categories — Best Picture, Director (Yorgos Lanthimos), Actress (Olivia Colman), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz), Original Screenplay — as well five below the line plus Best British Film.
After sweeping the Golden Globes it earned four nominations from the British academy, including Best Picture and for the performances of Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. While Peter Farrelly contends for scripting, he was snubbed for helming.
SEE 2019 BAFTA Awards: Full list of nominations led by ‘The Favourite’ with 12
Among its seven nominations are six for Alfonso Cuaron as producer, director, writer, cinematographer and editor. His intimate film is one of only four to be nominated for both directing and writing.
“A Star is Born”
This third remake of the Hollywood classic earned seven nominations with Bradley Cooper sharing in five of these as producer, director, actor, writer and as part of the original music team. Likewise, Lady Gaga reaped bids for acting and her musicianship. However, Sam Elliott was left out of the supporting actor line-up. And it failed to break through below-the-line save for sound.
While Adam McKay contends for his original script, he was snubbed for directing and this political satire does not number among the five nominees for Best Picture. On the plus side, three of the cast were nominated: Christian Bale for his leading role as former US Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as supporting players Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell as Lynne Cheney and George W. Bush. And it contends for editing and makeup & hair.
SEE 2019 BAFTA Awards nominations: ‘The Favourite’ far ahead of ‘Roma, ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
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