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Continue in Part 2.March 9, 2021 at 7:34 am #1204098962
Happy for Minari!
Carey Mulligan for Best Actress
Youn Yuh-jung for Best Supporting ActressMarch 9, 2021 at 7:35 am #1204098966
No, we’re done, Chris! Some are bored, some others are delighted. Back to Oscar (and leave some of brits here to predict this merry award)!March 9, 2021 at 7:35 am #1204098971
Ok there is a bit of confusion over how the new BAFTA system works.
Best Film is still voted upon by the general membership as it always has been. That’s why you’ll still find Promising Young Woman and The Trial of the Chicago 7 nominated whilst Mulligan/Fennell and Baron Cohen/Sorkin are snubbed in acting and directing. Apart from in rare cases (like I, Daniel Blake which was essentially the Rocks of that year), the nominees more or less are top 5 at the Oscars or are guaranteed an Oscar nomination if we’re going by stats.
Best Director is decided by a separate directing jury. The acting categories are decided by acting jury. The mandate of these juries is not “to try and predict the Oscars” or to “shower A listers with nominations”. They were in fact set up to recognise more British/Irish performances (remember an unknown performer called Jessie Buckley making it in last year? They were set up to basically generate more of those passion picks from overlooked British films) and more performances from under-recognised groups. It’s a bit like how at the Gothams, a jury sits down and watches these films and shortlists performances and pieces of direction based on their thoughts on it. Having a “big campaign” here in the acting and directing categories kind of means nothing.
The screenplay and the rest of the below the line categories (apart from Casting) are decided by each individual branch of BAFTA (as they have always done since around 2011).
5 films that make it into Best British Film are those that received the most votes from the general membership in the first stage of voting. I think it’s kind of obvious which films those were. The other 5 films that make its into Best British Film are decided by a jury (as opposed to all the nominees being decided by a jury as is the case with acting and directing).
The wins in each category apart from British Debut are decided by the general membership.
Whilst it isn’t great for Viola Davis and Carey Mulligan to be snubbed, it’s not totally fatal for their chances at an Oscar win. I doubt any Academy member who liked Mulligan and Davis’ performance is going to be like “the acting jury snubbed them so I am not going to vote for them”.
What might hurt them however is if Frances McDormand or Vanessa Kirby win the BAFTA because that might give them added momentum going into the voting for the Oscar win. So really their best scenario (and Andra Day’s best scenario) is if one of Bakray or Mosaku win (I’d be pleasantly surprised if Blank or Woodard won with the general membership).
FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")March 9, 2021 at 7:36 am #1204098979
Ok, so I just woke up and checked these nominations, and ummmmmmm…..
Very happy for The Mauritanian / Tahar Rahim though!
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“Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight.” —Truman Burbank, The Truman ShowMarch 9, 2021 at 7:37 am #1204099000
The BAFTA can’t be taking seriously anymore. They are the new Independent Spirit Awards.
I don’t know what the BAFTA jury system is good for if the nominees are so skewed towards indie films and the big budget ones are shut out. That’s just not credible.March 9, 2021 at 7:37 am #1204099004
Who do we think is winning darlingsMarch 9, 2021 at 7:37 am #1204099006
Promising Young Woman did extremely well with the categories voted by the entire membership (that score nomination, lmao). It’s going to win Screenplay here.March 9, 2021 at 7:37 am #1204099010
It’s interesting because on the one hand, how can this make sense: PYW nominated for film, British film, screenplay and casting – but not it’s obviously singular lead, who is British and gives a widely acclaimed performance.
On the other hand, active anti-racism work means taking specific affirmative action steps to dismantle white supremacy and equitably elevate non-white people, so…
On the other hand, as a performer, surely that kind of action would feel tokenistic at some point, and that’s coddling I’d personally reject, but at the same time, white audiences need to learn more about what non-white acting is.
Who votes on the winners?March 9, 2021 at 7:38 am #1204099016
Wait, PYW had a score?March 9, 2021 at 7:39 am #1204099031
People who get nominated by Baftas won’t feel they’re being hand held by tokenism, they would be ecstatic.March 9, 2021 at 7:40 am #1204099037
Re: the jury
I am sure all the nominees are worthy, and I am happy that talent that has gone unrecognized is being celebrated. However, they are being celebrated with a caveat. The caveat being that they were being selected by a jury solely designed to push diversity. No one wants to feel like they’re fulfilling a quota. I hope none of the nominees feel that way but I would understand if they did.
The Screenplay snubs for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and One Night in Miami tell me that the general British Academy membership still has a long way to go in recognizing diverse voices. This will not happen overnight! At best, the juries are a way to shortcut that process, and at worst, they are a system put in place to feign progress and skirt criticism. In either case, no progress is actually being made.March 9, 2021 at 7:41 am #1204099046
In response to comment that said these nominations are performative
Yes it is. But people need to understand implications of award nominations/wins – It gives more visibility. When notable actors, especially POC actors who are often snubbed for inferior performances get nominated at these award functions – they get visibility. So many people are going to watch Radha Black and likes because of these nominations. And that credibility eventually adds to the performers/films career in some quantity.
For an extremely racist institution like BAFTA, this is a small but notable stepMarch 9, 2021 at 7:42 am #1204099056
I’ll repeat something I suggested in another thread: let the general membership decide on the first four nominees and let the jury pick the other two. I don’t think the general membership should be completely shut out of voting
Oscar winners Emerald Fennell Daniel Kaluuya and Youn Yuh-jung
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