Oscars 2018: BAFTA Nominations

BAFTA announced today. Finally the last major piece of the puzzle for Oscar nominations. This will give us everything we’re gonna get, save some more guilds, which are only for the technical stuff. All the big stuff, we now have everything we’re gonna get.

BAFTA is always good in showing you which films and performances have sneaky support that may not be represented in the American precursors. You can always guess two or three extra nominees based solely on the British support. And the other reason they’re good — they don’t fall into the trap of the mainstream. I can tell you right now, sight unseen, that they nominated Black Panther for two or less awards. Because I feel like BAFTA, more than anything now, values quality over popularity. (Though they do often fall into the trap of “British nominee over other choices.” Nobody’s perfect.) But, as that last sentence suggests, I don’t know what the nominees are yet. I like to find out as I write them up, so my reactions are pure.

So here are your BAFTA nominees for 2018:

Best Film


The Favourite

Green Book


A Star Is Born

Yeah, these are pretty much your top five Oscar contenders. Absolutely no surprises there. You’d figure them to go all in on The Favourite. I only really had two questions about where they’d go, which were: 1) Will Roma make it on?, and 2) Will Mary Poppins Returns make it on?

This seems to all but eliminate Poppins from Best Picture contention. At best you’re making it your #10 choice on your list. No PGA nomination, no BAFTA nomination. That’s tough. Disney seems to have put all their Oscar eggs in a different basket. And even that one may not work out in the end.

Otherwise, this confirms Roma might be your film to beat in the end. Star Is Born is slipping and needs either a PGA or BAFTA win to stay relevant as a potential winner. Green Book is gonna be there throughout and we’ll see how it performs in the precursors. BlacKkKlansman I wasn’t expecting them to nominate, but now that they did, it puts that solidly in top five contention, especially with Spike getting DGA.

Right now, your Best Picture list should be these five films, and then probably a mix of: Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, Beale Street and I guess either Mary Poppins (if you think Disney will sneak it on in the end), Crazy Rich Asians (if you 100% believe in the PGA), Quiet Place (same) or First Man (if you think it can happen).

Right now, I’m thinking those top five, Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther and Vice as 6-8 (in some order TBD), Beale Street as 9 (because I just feel like that can get on) and then TBD on #10. Unless something jumps up at me, that makes the most sense for guessing all the nominees right. But we have two weeks, just about, so I’ve got time to formulate final opinions.

At this point, I’m getting to the point where I don’t even care if I get everything right, I just want to lay out my thinking at every stage of the process, so that way everyone can see it, and those who are also trying to guess can see where I’m going and then recalibrate based on their own opinions. My goal is to get you all to a point where you guess better than I do.

That said — I have no idea what wins this. I think you can’t rule anything out except BlacKkKlansman. I doubt they vote for that en masse. Star Is Born I’d also say is probably the fourth choice here. Green Book I’d probably put third, just because I don’t know if that’ll be embraced overseas. I think this is between Roma and The Favourite. I can’t tell just how all in they are on The Favourite. It got a lot of nominations everywhere, but how many will it win. I’m not totally sure on that until I start seeing some wins come in. So, gut feeling right now, Roma wins. But that’s now. We’ll see where we end up come ceremony time.

Best British Film


Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite


Stan & Ollie

You Were Never Really Here

Six nominees. Cool. Bohemian Rhapsody feels a bit like a cheat, since the only thing British about it is the subject matter and producer, but sure. Very happy to see You Were Never Really Here get some recognition. Stan & Ollie was always gonna catch a handful of BAFTA nominations. It was made for this ceremony. That said, The Favourite wins this unless it wins Best Film, in which case they’ll give it to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Best Director

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Oh, interesting. Farrelly is the one they left off. I knew it would be one of them. And Pawlikowski got on. Which is nice. Feels very BAFTA.

Yorgos being on is the big note I take from this. I think he can get a Best Director nomination. I’m not 100% sold on McKay in that final spot. I’m not seeing a lot of Vice support thus far. I expect it to get the acting nominations and Screenplay, but that’s about it. That’s kind of what I’m expecting from the Oscars, too. Even if it manages a Picture nomination, I just don’t see it ending up with Director too. I could be wrong. I usually am. But that’s my feeling. But if that does happen, that makes Yorgos the main beneficiary of that spot, since it’s clear his film has a lot of support all across the board.

I suspect, despite all of that, Cuaron is your favorite to take this no matter how the big categories go. Unless they go Favourite across the board. Though I will also call Pawlikowski a dark horse, because that does feel like something BAFTA would do. I think it’s Cuaron, and if it’s not him, 50/50 between Yorgos and Pawlikowski.

Best Actor

Christian Bale, Vice

Steve Coogan, Stan & Ollie

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

4/5 the category we’ve seen all the way through. Willem Dafoe is the cast off here, and instead they put on a Brit. Makes sense. You can tell it was them putting on a Brit because John C. Reilly was the one that’s been pushed for that movie, and instead they put Coogan on. There’s always one quintessentially British performance they put on. Never fails.

That said, we basically have 4/5 the Best Actor category locked, with Bale, Cooper, Malek and Mortensen. It’s really all just gonna come down to that fifth spot. Be it Dafoe, Gosling, John David Washington, or maybe even Ethan Hawke. That’s pretty much it, really. BAFTA not helping us means we’re pretty much down to pure guesswork. But that’s fine. One spot is easy. It’s when it’s multiple that it starts getting difficult.

I’m curious to see where they go with this one. I suspect it’ll either be Bale or Malek. But that’s one of those things I’ll get a better sense of once we get closer to the ceremony.

Best Actress

Glenn Close, The Wife

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Viola Davis, Widows

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Viola Davis! All right! Nice to see some Widows love somewhere. Maybe not the exact place I’d have put it, but it’s something, and I’ll take it.

I was certain Emily Blunt was gonna make it on here, and that is the final death knell for Mary Poppins in the major categories. My how a few weeks makes all the difference. Blunt can still get the Oscar nomination, but man, is that movie gonna be like four or five nominations, all technical, and maybe one more somewhere else. They just have not responded to that, it seems.

But otherwise — 4/5 of the category is locked at this point. Close, Colman, Gaga, McCarthy.

The fifth spot is open, and it’s probably Blunt’s, just because there aren’t a whole lot of contenders out there. Yalitza Aparicio has only gotten BFCA, and would be a surprise if they included her. You have to put her top six, basically, because of a lack of other people, but it’s hard to assume she makes it on. Nicole Kidman didn’t get any traction for Destroyer (or Boy Erased, for that matter, in Supporting), so she feels like a possibility, but a #7 choice at best. Maybe #6. Her and Aparicio are the two in those spots. Toni Collette would almost shock me if she got nominated, so she’s your #8. After that — Rosamund Pike has no momentum. She’s probably #9. And that’s it, really. There’s no one else. There’s not even a sneaky contender I can pretend can jump up. At this point, I wouldn’t know who to guess that’s left. Kiki Layne? I got nothing.

My guess is, you’re gonna get the SAG five, with either Aparicio or Kidman taking that spot, if anyone. My guess is you get the SAG five.

And then, now that Close has won, I can’t rightly make a guess on this until I see some other stuff come in. But I figure it’ll be Colman at the moment. Gaga doesn’t seem like she’ll have more support than Olivia Colman at the BAFTAs. The only real question is if Close can make this a real race or the Globes thing was just them picking someone who wasn’t Colman in the other category. I’m thinking Colman should probably take this easily, but let’s wait and see what develops.

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

Sam Rockwell gets on. Interesting. That will make the final category guess more complicated. The precursors are pretty much these five plus Sam Elliott. And I have a hard time thinking Bradley Cooper isn’t taking him along with him on the final category. That was like Jonah Hill and Wolf of Wall Street. I just felt like Leo was gonna take him with him (same for Tom Hardy and The Revenant). I feel like Cooper is gonna take Elliott with him. That said, Rockwell’s got some precursors. So you have six people, five spots.

And no, I don’t see Michael B. Jordan having a serious shot at Supporting Actor. But because the category is so weak, he’s a seventh choice. I don’t really see anyone else. Supporting Actor usually isn’t conducive to someone coming out of nowhere, a la Laura Dern. And if it is, usually they’re coming along with someone in another category. Elliott and Rockwell are those people this year. Everyone else is paired off who can possibly make it on. This is a pretty cut and dry category this year (as it is most years, it feels like).

As for a winner, it’s early. They could just give it to Grant because of the UK factor, but personally it’s looking like Ali wins his second all around. We’ll see if they go off the board and go Chalamet or something. That’s always a possibility. I’m thinking it’s Ali in unison with the rest, or they go wildly off the board and there’s little rhyme or reason to it.

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Margot Robbie, Mary, Queen of Scots

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

No Regina King is the big takeaway. Still don’t think that hurts her, since the two alternatives were Brits, but it’s something to note.

This will be an interesting category to figure out for guessing, since Regina King seems, at the moment, like your de facto winner. Looks like they’re gonna have to split the Stone/Weisz vote. Unless Foy comes out of nowhere? This should be interesting.

That said… Stone, Weisz, King, Adams seems like for sure your category. Robbie has now BAFTA and SAG, but I don’t feel like she’s locked just yet. I’ve seen a lot of people with that combination not make it on. Especially since the film has completely fallen flat. That’s almost like, voting party lines if she gets on. But hey, you never know.

But now the question is, who is that fifth spot? Supporting Actress is always where the intrigue lies.

Robbie has SAG and BAFTA. Foy has Globes, BFCA and BAFTA. That, to me, is the more intriguing set of nominations. Actually, come to think of it… Regina King missed SAG too. Oh boy, wouldn’t that be interesting, if they somehow left her off. What would they do then?

Emily Blunt for A Quiet Place would surprise us all, so I’m not going near that just yet. Nicole Kidman only has BFCA for Boy Erased. That’s… pretty much it.

I’m looking at Stone, Weisz, Adams, King, and then either Foy or Robbie for that last spot. I feel like SAG has reached saturation on members, which is why you get that Margot Robbie nomination over the Regina King nomination. Sometimes it does feel like a bit of a popularity contest in the nominations stage. So I’m leaning toward Foy, even though all my Oscar guessing history is telling me, “What are you, nuts? Robbie has SAG and BAFTA!” So we’ll see where that shakes out.

I’m gonna try to figure out if there’s any Laura Dern this year, who can come out of nowhere. But the thing about a Laura Dern is — they come out of nowhere. Linda Cardellini comes to mind, if they really like Green Book that much. I remember Jacki Weaver getting on because they loved Silver Linings Playbook, but she was also someone who had a previous nomination, so I don’t know how much that factored into it. I think this one might just be boring and straightforward. Because even if it’s Kidman or Blunt, it’s still kinda straightforward, because the precursors were there, however slight.

Best Original Screenplay

Cold War

The Favourite

Green Book



Cold War gets Screenplay too. That’s an interesting one. Shouldn’t factor into the Oscar race, but it does make that a solid contender for Foreign Language Film and/or Cinematography. Both of which will be against Roma. That’s something to deal with later, but remember the whole Pan’s Labyrinth of it all, where it was nominated for/won other Oscars but lost Foreign Language Film. I’m not ruling that one out this year.

Other than that — you know The Favourite and Roma will be nominated. Vice also makes a lot of sense too. Roma hit most of the precursors, so that’s likely #4. Really it comes down to that fifth spot.

First Reformed got nothing but a BFCA nomination. Eighth Grade has both that and WGA. Quiet Place has both of those too.

Best Adapted Screenplay


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

First Man

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

These five plus Black Panther are the main contenders based on the precursors. All of them got BFCA, and First Man was left off WGA for Black Panther.

If I had to guess, the category will be the WGA list, because I feel like they won’t feel an urgency to nominate First Man. I think that’s how that goes. But still, 5 from 6, that should be relatively easy to navigate.

For this category specifically, do they give it to Barry Jenkins again? BlacKkKlansman? Is this where Star Is Born goes? Or First Man? No idea. My guess is Barry Jenkins, but I truly couldn’t figure out who could win this. For BAFTA, anyway. If this were an Oscar category, it would be easier to gauge. BAFTA, no clue.

Best Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

First Man



There’s your Bohemian Rhapsody love. It’s not sweeping, but it’s targeted love. The Editing nomination convinces me it’ll get on the Best Picture list, if I wasn’t convinced already.

Otherwise… Vice makes sense. BAFTA is more about actual editing than, “What’s the Best Picture list gonna look like?” Not that that’s how the Oscars voting goes, but it’s how the list almost always ends up.

But yeah, this makes sense. Your Oscar list will likely be Favourite, First Man, Roma, Star Is Born, Green Book. Unless one of them isn’t really that big a contender. I’d suspect that’ll be your list. Vice could sneak on, Bohemian Rhapsody could sneak on. Hell, a lot of things could sneak on. It’s Editing.

The key is the Best Picture films, then the extra “editing” movie, which this year is First Man. Other years, there are multiple. Like last year. Blade Runner, Baby Driver. This year, it’s First Man. And then your Best Picture films that could make it on: Favourite, Roma, Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Green Book, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody. Your Best Editing category should be some combination of those movies. Best Editing never gets that complicated. All the thinking you need to do is figuring out which ones are the major contenders for a win, and if there’s anything they might love enough to let it sneak on, a la Dallas Buyers Club.

Since BAFTA does care about the Editing, I suspect First Man wins this. Bohemian Rhapsody would be my second guess, if not First Man. Vice would be a third. Don’t think Roma or Favourite wins this, but what do I know.

Best Cinematography

Bohemian Rhapsody

Cold War

The Favourite

First Man


And there’s Bohemian Rhapsody #2. Oh yeah, this is on your Best Picture list. I mean, the Globes win spelled that out, but this put punctuation on it.

Cold War, Roma… makes sense. The Favourite and First Man both got ASC nominations.

Swap Bohemian Rhapsody for A Star Is Born, and that’s your ASC category. I suspect those five are your big favorites for the final category anyway.

Beale Street has a BFCA nomination and could theoretically make it on, but it feels like a tall order next to everything else. I’d love to see it, but it seems unlikely on paper alone. Definitely your sixth choice, seems like. Black Panther also theoretically could be a contender, but I’m not feeling it at the moment.

I think you have your six: Cold War, Roma, Favourite, First Man and then either Star Is Born or Beale Street. That should be your category. The others are there, but I’m not sure they make a whole lot of noise in the end. I think those five are pretty formidable. (And if they put Beale Street on over Star Is Born, that might be the ideal category for me.)

Roma wins this though, right? I mean, could go Cold War, but Roma seems like a favorite here, doesn’t it?

Best Music


If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns

A Star Is Born

Well, all of these but Star Is Born are on the Oscar shortlist. And BAFTA has no Song category, so it’s all kind of merged into one. I wonder if that means it takes it on that alone. Otherwise, I don’t think any score is more deserving than Beale Street. But this is such a tough category to figure out. So we’ll just wait and see how it goes.

Otherwise… not a bad set of choices. I have to listen to all the scores to really get a sense. But just looking at the shortlist, I’d say the major real contenders are: Buster Scruggs, Black Panther (I guess?), BlacKkKlansman, First Man, Beale Street, Isle of Dogs, Mary Poppins, Quiet Place and Ready Player One. So that’s 9 of 15. Not so bad. I could figure a general category from that. Namely: First Man, Beale Street, Poppins, Isle of Dogs, and then one more. That is likely how this will go. Quiet Place feels right. Beltrami’s the kind of guy who gets that last spot.

Everything else — Annihilation is by composers who haven’t been nominated. Avengers would come out of nowhere, especially with Black Panther already in contention, Crazy Rich Asians would maybe be at the bottom of my contenders list, but not something I’d think would really happen, Death of Stalin… maybe? But doubtful. Fantastic Beasts, I guess, but the last one wasn’t nominated. And then Vice… Britell should already have a film on the list. So yeah, I think your last spot is either BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Buster Scruggs or A Quiet Place.

Also of note, the BFCA list had the same as BAFTA but with Black Panther instead of Star Is Born (and an ineligible Green Book), and the Globes had A Quiet Place and Black Panther instead of Beale Street and Star Is Born. So really, those are your main contenders. Quiet Place, Black Panther are the first two, and then maybe BlacKkKlansman sneaks on, and I’m not ruling out Buster Scruggs, though Carter Burwell has never been nominated for a Coen brothers score.

Best Production Design

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The Favourite

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns


Yup, these are all solid contenders. Looking at what ADG did… Buster Scruggs, can never rule out a western, is in contention. ADG nominated Bohemian Rhapsody, and it could get on, so I have to mention it. And Black Panther and Ready Player One. Those are the four.

BFCA had this list, but Fantastic Beasts off in favor of Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians. That last one is contemporary and that never gets nominated at the Oscars.

So — Favourite, First Man, Poppins, Roma, one more. And the last one will either be Black Panther, Ready Player One, Buster Scruggs or Bohemian Rhapsody. Seems pretty straightforward.

What wins this… no idea. Let’s say The Favourite. It’s early, and it’s BAFTA. That makes a lot of sense.

Best Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary, Queen of Scots

CDG announces tomorrow, so mostly we’re just going on, “Yeah, that makes sense.” And The Favourite and Mary Queen of Scots are all but nominated for the Oscar now. Poppins also makes a lot of sense. Costume Design likes a western, so Scruggs makes sense. And Bohemian Rhapsody — sure. Not sure that makes the final category, but it fits.

Thinking aloud as to what else could make it — Green Book, Beale Street, BlacKkKlansman and First Man are all period. Each have their drawbacks. Black Panther should get a CDG nomination and be firmly in contention. Eternity’s Gate seems unlikely, but I guess could maybe factor in if it gets CDG. Roma has to be considered, though I’m not sure if that’s sexy enough for them. Suspiria would be cool, but that’s clearly out of the question. Sisters Brothers seems to have lost the western spot to Buster Scruggs, which has more varied costumes. Outlaw King seems like it should factor in.

Honestly, I think you have Scots, Poppins, Favourite, Scruggs and Black Panther. Rhapsody is probably sixth, and then those other period pieces all hovering around after that. Everything changes once CDG announces, but that’s my feeling at this moment.

The Favourite or Mary Queen of Scots should win this in a cake walk.

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Mary, Queen of Scots

Stan & Ollie


All of these but The Favourite are on the Oscar shortlist.

That’s one where, you have the shortlist and you pick three. So this doesn’t really help us all that much, since we pretty much knew what the contenders are.

I suspect, from the shortlist, Vice makes it, Black Panther probably makes it, and then either Bohemian Rhapsody, Stan & Ollie (unlikeliest of all) or Mary Queen of Scots is the final spot. Suspiria seems completely ignored, even though I’m all for it being nominated (Tilda, man. Times TWO!), and no one knows what Border is.

Vice should take it down either way. Because they love a lead actor transformation, especially when that actor is probably gonna win at the same time. (See: The Iron Lady, Darkest Hour.)

I’ll have to look at the different teams to see what else they’ve done. Because sometimes that can alert you to who will get on. But outside of that, this category is always pretty manageable and usually only requires a shortlist to guess.

Best Sound

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

A Quiet Place

A Star Is Born

BAFTA only has one Sound category, but if memory serves, it’s usually solid. Or maybe that’s Visual Effects. Either way, only one Sound guild has announced so far, so we’re only flying at half mast on all our information.

CAS did nominate most of these, albeit with Black Panther over Fallout. Otherwise, the other four are exactly the same. So once I see what MPSE does, I’ll have a better sense of where this is going. But with Sound, you’re almost reliant on the guilds and BAFTA, so most of the guess lists will be comprised of a lot of these entries.

First Man feels like it should take this, but this is not the time of the year where I’ve done all my research. So maybe they’ll go with one of the musicals.

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Man

Ready Player One

Visual Effects I think is the one that BAFTA always does well on. But I think it’s with a winner. I feel like their categories tend to be somewhat different a lot of the years.

But, I mean, four of these are shortlisted, so I’m not overly surprised by this. Grindelwald is the only one not on the shortlist, and it’s a British film, so of course they nominated it.

I suspect Marvel will get two movies on the Oscar list, and those two are the most likely ones. First Man should be nominated, but in an era where it’s Best CGI, I’m not sure if it’ll make the list. Ready Player One is Spielberg, so you can never rule it out, but it does feel like a legitimate contender. Effects are the majority of that movie. To the point where when you finally meet your main character in person, it’s jarring.

So assuming those four probably make it, you’re left with Marwen (unlikely, but the effects were nice), Solo (Star Wars is always a possibility), Mary Poppins (solidly in contention but not assured a spot), Jurassic World (solidly in contention because dinosaurs), Christopher Robin (unlikely, but just the right kind of unlikely that none of us will guess it and it’ll be nominated) and Ant-Man (Marvel’s not getting three. Two feels like a stretch, but three is insane).

Not so bad. Can make your head explode, trying to get one spot out of some of them, but it’s not the craziest thing you have to do when guessing the Oscars.

P.S. BFCA had the four shortlisted movies on this list and Mary Poppins. So I guess we wait and see what VES does next week and then go from there.

Best Animated Film

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

These are the three I’ve been seeing all the way through the season. So that gives you 3/5 of the Oscar category right there.

Now all you gotta do is pick from Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Grinch, Early Man, Mirai and Smallfoot as to what the other two are gonna be. Unless you think they’re going way off the board, which this branch used to do, until they changed voting methods last year and potentially opened it up to mainstream city. This is the year where we find out where the category’s at for the future.

That said, the path is set for Spider-Verse to walk away with this whole thing. I’m not assuming it, because Disney/Pixar has lost this category a total of five times. Once to DreamWorks (Shrek), once to Ghibli (Spirited Away), once to Aardman (Wallace and Gromit), once to Warner Bros. (Happy Feet) and once to Nickelodeon (Rango). By the way, the films they had in contention against those other ones: Monsters Inc, Lilo & Stitch and Treasure Planet, Cars, and in the last two, none. So, Disney/Pixar lost in the first two years of the category, and then only once more ever when they were nominated. And that was Cars.

Just something to keep in mind come Oscar time.

Best Foreign Language Film


Cold War




Four of these five certainly look like your final category. You have to assume Cold War/Roma/Shoplifters. Capernaum seems likely, but you can never fully trust Foreign Language to do what you expect. After that, you have Birds of Passage, The Guilty, Burning, Ayka and Never Look Away.

My gut tells me they leave Burning off. Never Look Away doesn’t feel like it makes it either. Embrace of the Serpent got nominated, so maybe Birds of Passage gets on? Ayka, if it gets on, it’s because they forced it on the way they forced that Timbuktu movie, or those first-time nominees on. My gut says it’s probably The Guilty, especially since I thought I saw that Jake Gyllenhaal was gonna do an American remake of it. They like movies that are conducive to American remakes.

As for a winner in this — Roma is the default, and then if it doesn’t win, Cold War is gonna win. I don’t know how they’re gonna split that one, Roma in Best Picture vs. here. Not sure we’ll ever know until it happens.

Best Documentary

Free Solo



They Shall Not Grow Old

Three Identical Strangers

No Won’t You Be My Neighbor, but that’s not overly surprising. They put on They Shall Not Grow Old, which is sweet. That one is awesome. That and McQueen are not on the Oscar shortlist. The other three are, and the other three have made literally every list I’ve seen that has to do with documentaries. At this point, even though the Documentary branch is certifiably insane and picks crazy things, you almost have to guess those three and Won’t You Be My Neighbor as four of your five. And then after that it’s process of elimination as to what the last one could be. Which we’ll figure out in two weeks, I guess. I still have to try to scrounge some of them up to try to watch beforehand so I can have a more definitive feeling about the whole thing.

Best British Short

73 Cows


The Blue Door

The Field



Best British Animated Short

I’m Ok




Best Debut Film



A Cambodian Spring


Ray & Liz


Rising Star Award

Barry Keoghan

Cynthia Erivo

Jessie Buckley

Lakeith Stanfield

Letitia Wright

Aren’t you a year late on Barry Keoghan and two years late on Lakeith Stanfield?

This is fan voted, so it doesn’t really matter to me how this turns out, but it sure does seem like when the magazines and websites talk about “stars to look out for” and they’re people who broke two years earlier. Like if, in 2018, they said, “Big up and coming star, Alicia Vikander!” This list isn’t quite “for people living under a rock,” but it’s not great. That said, like all of these people.

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So those are the BAFTAs. Spent more time than I thought writing those up, partially because of the work day and partially because I have reached that point of wanting people to know what the hell they’re doing on these Oscar things. No one listens anyway, but at least this is there for the few people who do care.

I’ll put up the Underrated list at some point this afternoon/evening once I finish typing it up. It’s definitely not as interesting as the Overrated list typically is, so I don’t feel so bad about making you wait.

Also, I don’t work for you. You’ll read it when it’s damn well ready.



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