BAFTA nominations

Congratulations to Olivia Colman of course, about whom this awards season is quickly becoming. It’s often the case, that the entire film year boils down to one or two names by this time: last year, it was all about Gary Oldman as Churchill, following on from, say, Helen Mirren as The Queen, or Colin Firth in The King’s Speech, or Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking…(yeah, you’d forgotten about him, hadn’t you?)

Well, Olivia is now that person. Her Queen Anne in The Favourite is a wonderful creation, and the “awards clips” are great: funny, mischievous, tragic, lonely, mercurial, often all in the same shot. So she’ll win the BAFTA and I don’t even think Glenn Close’s long history of not winning at the Oscars can derail another British acting triumph. Good as she is, and despite her Globes win (she was in a different category to Olivia), Close’s clips as Joan Kestleman in The Wife just aren’t as showy or impressive. 

I do like The Favourite and it deserves its 12 BAFTA nominations – could it win both Best British and Best Film outright? The King’s Speech did it, and I like The Favourite a lot more than that but….

Roma image


What I’d really like to see is ROMA winning best film at the BAFTAs. Congratulations are already due to Alfonso Cuaron who personally got a record 6 nominations this week for this most personal of projects – writing, directing, producing, cinematography, editing and foreign – which would be a victory for great cinema in the new era of Netflix etc, and the co-existence of big screen theatrical experience with the new landscape of streaming services. ROMA looks great on the big screen and pretty good on my telly, too. (I haven’t tried it on my mobile phone, nor shall I.)

I’m sorry but not surprised Black Panther didn’t get more love from BAFTA, but then the members have showed long-awaited love to Spike Lee for Blackkklansman (his first-ever nominations from them, unbelievably) and, well, you know what we’re like – one black person is probably enough, so no Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen or Ryan Coogler for director, thanks. Anyway, there’s Mahershala Ali in Green Book and Viola Davis in Widows, and Jenkins got a screenplay nod, so…

Anyway, as you know, I’ve loved Blackkklansman from the git go and wish it had won at Cannes…

Three Identical Strangers image

Three Identical Strangers

The lack of women directors is a perennial complaint, though I don’t see which film might have ousted any here – people are talking about Leave No Trace, but I couldn’t stand that film myself, and there are female film makers in the docs section, the screenplays and the shorts, which at least shows some ‘motion towards’ in a film industry that’s taking its sweet time to redress its imbalances. How good to see Three Identical Strangers and RBG in the doc noms, along with the exciting McQueen doc (which also made it into Outstanding British – bravo) although I do think Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old should win this because it’s so brilliant in so many ways, technically and emotionally.

So, we’ll content ourselves with The Favourite and its female power triangle and the diversity of having a Mexican movie as possible winner (in which case, can Cold War win foreign language film, please?)

Bohemian Rhapsody image

Bohemian Rhapsody

All in all, they’re a decent bunch of nominations, summing up the gamut of movies, from arthouse to popular in the shape of A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, so BAFTA has got it right so far – now for the awards…