The BAFTA Nominated Films Have Been Revealed – But What Are The Films About And Will We Want To Watch Them?

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born

The Nominations for the 72nd British Academy Film Awards – aka the BAFTAs have been revealed. It seems like film The Favourite is set to wipe the floor at the ceremony on February 10.

The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos has received the most nominations – 12 – including Olivia Colman for Best Actress, Best Film and Costume Design.

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But it’s not the only film to be in with a chance as BlacKkKlansman, Roma, Green Book and A Star Is Born are also in the Best Film category, while Bohemian Rhapsody and Mary Poppins Returns was skipped over (much to Queen fans and Disney fans respectively).

Bohemian Rhapsody might not be winning Best Film, as it did at the Golden Globes, but it is nominated for seven other awards, as is First Man, A Star Is Born and Roma. Vice is up for six awards, while BlacKkKlansman is in five award categories and Cold War and Green Book both have four nominations.

But awards from a panel are all well and good, but will us normal folk rate them? What are these BAFTA nominated films all about and will they be our cup of tea?

First up, let’s check out the favourite film here…conveniently named The Favourite.

Its leading lady is Olivia Colman who is up for Best Actress and its supporting actresses Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are also both up for nominations in the supporting category going head-to-head.

We love to see a lady led by three strong female characters up for so many awards, so it’s already winning in our book.

But what exactly is The Favourite about?

Three ladies at court in a power struggle – one of them being Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman. Queen Anne, her old friend and confidante the Duchess of Marlborough and Abigail Masham – the Duchess’ cousin and lower ranked woman in society battle it out for dominance, proving three really is a crowd. In terms of accuracy of the time, this film is way off the mark with denim costumes and bunny rabbits in the Queen’s chamber – unheard of- but it is so different that critics have said Director Lanthimos has made his own genre. Humour is of course evident throughout and while some historical points underpin this movie, it is all about the female power play and men watching from afar. This is a must watch for us.

But what about the other films nominated for awards? Let’s take a look…

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Bohemian Rhapsody

We won’t insult you by explaining what Bohemian Rhapsody is about – you may not have been alive while Queen was raging but everyone knows who they are and that Freddie Mercury was their lead singer, right? If the answer is no, shame on you – Google it. Naturally, this film is all about his life. It picked up Best Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes this year and lead actor Rami Malek took home Best Performance by an Actor, so it must be pretty good. If you’re not a Queen fan though maybe it won’t be for you.

First Man

A glimpse into the life of first man on the moon: Neil Armstrong and his groundbreaking space mission.

It follows a true life story of Armstrong’s heartbreak and how he went on to become the Commander of Gemini 8 – the rocket that takes him into space. We’re quite intrigued by the personal tale of such a famous man around the globe. It’s a huge part of history with a real life element so surely most will like this?

BlacKkKlansman

A biographical comedy drama about an African American Police Officer, Ron Stallworth, in the 50s who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. We do love a story based on real events and this one that challenges racists makes it even better.

Green Book

This film explores an unlikely friendship formed between a white and black man in 1960s America. And although at first their cultural differences and class comes between them, white driver Tony Lip and black musician Dr Don Shirley become fond of each other – the latter needing protection as he ventures into the Deep South where racism and segregation was still rife. It took home Best Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy at the Globes, as well as a Best Performance by an Actor and Best Screenplay title, so it comes highly rated. The fact that black and white segregation was still so apparent in 60s America reminds us all that although we may have come a long way in terms of equality in the world, we’re never far from inequality. It serves as yet another lesson that skin colour, background and class should be irrelevant.

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Roma

Get ready to put the subtitles on, because Roma is a foreign language film – but one that’s well worth over two hours of reading a screen. It’s been praised the world-over, even being described by one reviewer as ‘achingly beautiful’. It’s set in Mexico City and follows Cleo, a live-in housekeeper to a middle class family.

A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper might make his directorial debut in this re-made film, but he also takes on the lead male role too. Cooper plays a country music singer who is an addict battling his problems who falls in love with a young aspiring singer played by Lady Gaga. It looks like an emotional rollercoaster of a film if nothing else.

The Full List Of Nominations for BAFTAs

Best Film

Black KkKlansman

Green Book

The Favourite

Roma

A Star Is Born

Outstanding British Film 

Beast

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

McQueen

Stan & Ollie

You Were Never Really Here

Best Actor in a Leading Role 

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Christian Bale – Vice

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Steve Coogan – Stan and Ollie

Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Best Documentary

Free Solo

McQueen

RBG

They Shall Not Grow Old

Three Identical Strangers

Best Cinematography

Bohemian Rhapsody

Cold War

The Favourite

First Man

Roma

Best Sound

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

A Quiet Place

A Star Is Born

Best Film Music

A Star Is Born

BlackkKlansman

If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns

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Best Actress in a Leading Role 

Glenn Close – The Wife

Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Viola Davis – Widows

Best Direction 

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War

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Spike Lee – Black KkKlansman

Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite

Best Actor in a Supporting Role 

Adam Driver – Black KkKlansman

Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell – Vice

Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

Best Production Design

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns

Roma

The Favourite

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Best Costume Design

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Best Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

First Man

Roma

Vice

Best Special Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War

Black Panther

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

First Man

Ready Player One

Best Actress in a Supporting Role 

Amy Adams – Vice

Claire Foy – First Man

Emma Stone – The Favourite

Margot Robbie – Mary, Queen of Scots

Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

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Outstanding Debut by a British Director, Writer or Producer

Apostasy – Daniel Kokotajlo

A Cambodian Spring – Chris Kelly

Beast – Michael Pearce and Lauren Dark

Pili – Leanne Welham and Sophie Harman

Ray & Liz – Richard Billingham and Jacqui Davies

Best Film Not in the English Language

Capernaum 

Cold War 

Dogman 

Roma 

Shoplifters 

Best Original Screenplay

Cold War

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

Vice

Best Makeup and Hair

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Mary Queen of Scots

Stan & Ollie

Vice

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Best Short Film

73 Cows

Bachelor

The Blue Door

The Field

Wale

Best Animated Film

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Best Short Animation

I’m OK

Marfa

Roughhouse

Best Original Screenplay

Cold War

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

Vice

Best Adapted Screenplay

A Star Is Born

BlacKkKlansman

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

First Man

If Beale Street Could Talk

BAFTA Rising Star Award  

Letitia Wright

Lakeith Stanfield

Barry Keoghan

Cynthia Erivo

Jessie Buckley

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