2020 BAFTA film nominations: Joker takes pole position amid row over ‘white’ acting nominees

With awards season moving at a brisk pace, the BAFTAs have made headlines today with their list of nominations for 2020.

Out in front is the dark comic-book drama Joker with a dominant eleven nominations including Best Film. The origin story of Batman’s biggest nemesis also landed key mentions in Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for filmmaker Todd Phillips. Following his Golden Globe win on Sunday evening, Joaquin Phoenix scored another Best Actor nod for his portrayal of the mentally-troubled comedian-turned-supervillain.

Joint-second on the nominations front are Martin Scorsese’s crime epic The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s lengthy dramedy Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood with ten mentions each. Both renowned filmmakers are acknowledged in Best Director along with Sam Mendes whose Golden Globe-winning war thriller 1917 totaled nine nominations including Best Film. The last feature to round off the main category is the Korean thriller Parasite which finished with just four nods.

On the acting front, there are double nominations for both Scarlett Johansson AND Margot Robbie. Scarjo is acknowledged in Best Actress AND Supporting Actress for her roles in Marriage Story while Margot is nodded twice in the Supporting category for her turns in Bombshell and Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood.

Elsewhere, Best Actor sees Joaquin Phoenix go up against fellow Globe winner Taron Egerton who is looking for more awards glory for his portrayal of Elton John in the musical fantasy Rocketman. The pair compete against Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story) and British veteran Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).

In the Best Actress category, Irish duo Saoirse Ronan and Jessie Buckley are recognised for their performances in Little Women and Wild Rose and face tough opposition from Charlize Theron (Bombshell) and recent Globe winner Renée  Zellweger (Judy).

In the Supporting Actor/Actress lineups, British hopes will be on Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes) and Florence Pugh (Little Women) as they compete against formidable names like Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and The Irishman duo Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

However, the acting nominees have been criticised by the media today following the lack of diversity amongst the contenders. This came following notable snubs for the likes of Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite is My Name), Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Lupita Nyong’o (Us) and Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers).

Additionally, big films like Ad Astra, The Aeronauts, Aladdin, Blinded by the Light, Captain Marvel, Cats, Downton Abbey, Fighting with My Family, Honey Boy, Richard Jewell, Spider-Man: Far from Home and Yesterday were completely overlooked by the British Academy.

The Best British Film lineup sees the likes of 1917 and Rocketman go up against the likes of the powerful documentary For Sama and Ken Loach’s gritty drama Sorry We Missed You. There is also the introduction of a new category in Best Casting which features the likes of Joker and The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Best Animated Film features a strong lineup of four films with Disney hits Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4 up against Netflix’s Klaus and Aardman’s A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon while For Sama and Diego Maradona are in contention for Best Documentary.

The other high-profile films to receive technical nominations include Avengers: Endgame, Judy, Le Mans ’66, The Lion King, Little Women and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

As announced yesterday, the EE Rising Star Award is contested by British duo Jack Lowden and Micheal Ward plus American trio Awkwafina, Kaitlyn Dever and Kelvin Harrison Jr..

To the delight of many, chat show host Graham Norton will present this year’s awards for the first time with the ceremony taking place on 2 February at the Royal Albert Hall.

The full list of BAFTA nominations are below (winner predictions in blue):

BEST FILM
1917
THE IRISHMAN
JOKER
ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD
PARASITE

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
1917
BAIT
FOR SAMA
ROCKETMAN
SORRY WE MISSED YOU
THE TWO POPES

BEST DIRECTOR
Bong Joon-Ho, PARASITE
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, JOKER
Martin Scorsese, THE IRISHMAN
Quentin Tarantino, ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD

BEST CASTING
JOKER, Shayna Markowitz
MARRIAGE STORY, Douglas Aibel & Francine Maisler
ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD, Victoria Thomas
THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, Sarah Crowe
THE TWO POPES, Nina Gold

BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio, ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD
Adam Driver, MARRIAGE STORY
Taron Egerton, ROCKETMAN
Joaquin Phoenix, JOKER
Jonathan Pryce, THE TWO POPES

BEST ACTRESS
Jessie Buckley, WILD ROSE
Scarlett Johansson, MARRIAGE STORY
Saoirse Ronan, LITTLE WOMEN
Charlize Theron, BOMBSHELL
Renée Zellweger, JUDY

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Hanks, A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Anthony Hopkins, THE TWO POPES
Al Pacino, THE IRISHMAN
Joe Pesci, THE IRISHMAN
Brad Pitt, ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Laura Dern, MARRIAGE STORY
Scarlett Johansson, JOJO RABBIT
Florence Pugh, LITTLE WOMEN
Margot Robbie, BOMBSHELL
Margot Robbie, ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BOOKSMART, Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins & Katie Silberman
KNIVES OUT, Rian Johnson
MARRIAGE STORY, Noah Baumbach
ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD, Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE, Bong Joon-Ho & Han Jin-wan

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE IRISHMAN, Steven Zallian
JOJO RABBIT, Taika Waititi
JOKER, Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
LITTLE WOMEN, Greta Gerwig
THE TWO POPES, Anthony McCarten

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
1917
THE IRISHMAN
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1917
THE IRISHMAN
JOKER
LE MANS ’66
THE LIGHTHOUSE

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
THE IRISHMAN
JOJO RABBIT
JUDY
LITTLE WOMEN
ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
1917
BOMBSHELL
JOKER
JUDY
ROCKETMAN

BEST EDITING
THE IRISHMAN
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
LE MANS ’66
ONCE UPON A TIME IN…HOLLYWOOD

BEST SOUND
1917
JOKER
LE MANS ’66
ROCKETMAN
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
1917
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
THE IRISHMAN
THE LION KING
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, LITTLE WOMEN
Michael Giacchino, JOJO RABBIT
Hildur Guðnadóttir, JOKER
Thomas Newman, 1917
John Williams, STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

BEST ANIMATED FILM
FROZEN 2
KLAUS
A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON
TOY STORY 4

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
THE FAREWELL (China)
FOR SAMA (Syria)
PAIN AND GLORY (Spain)
PARASITE (Korea)
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (France)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
AMERICAN FACTORY
APOLLO 11
DIEGO MARADONA
FOR SAMA
THE GREAT HACK

BEST SHORT FILM
AZAAR Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring
GOLDFISH Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill
KAMALI Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva
THE TRAP Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald

BEST SHORT ANIMATED FILM
GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC
IN HER BOOTS
THE MAGIC BOAT

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BAIT, Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
FOR SAMA, Waad al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)
MAIDEN, Alex Holmes (Director)
ONLY YOU, Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)
RETABLO, Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director), Héctor Gálvez (Director)

RISING STAR AWARD
Awkwafina
Kaitlyn Dever
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Jack Lowden
Michael Ward

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