BAFTA Rewards “The Favourite” And “Roma”

BAFTA Rewards “The Favourite” And “Roma”


Moments ago, we saw one of the final dominos in the precursor season tumble. Yes, the 72nd British Academy Film Awards were held, with the winners staking their claim to potential Oscar glory. BAFTA has long held major sway with the Academy Awards, so what voters in the former do, members of the latter keep in mind. That should again be the case this year, though there weren’t a whole lot of surprises to be found. BAFTA voters embraced the things we expected them to, for better or worse. Now, it’s just a matter of figuring out if they’re on the money or not, which is what I’ll be doing next…

BAFTA gave the most awards to The Favourite, with seven in total, including Olivia Colman in Best Actress, Rachel Weisz in Best Supporting Actress, and the duo of Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara in Best Original Screenplay. Roma was next in line with four, including Best Film and Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron. Bohemian Rhapsody had two wins, including Rami Malek in Best Actor, while nothing else ended up with more than one win apiece. Overall, the winners included no real upsets, so the shock factor was on the low end of things. Now, we largely are just waiting to see if the Oscars follow along with the expected outcomes.

Here now are all of the winners from the BAFTA Awards:

BEST FILM

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez

DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”

LEADING ACTOR

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

LEADING ACTRESS

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott

ORIGINAL MUSIC

“A Star is Born,” Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez

DOCUMENTARY

“Free Solo,” Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Shannon Dill, Evan Hayes

ANIMATED FILM

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,”Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

EDITING

“Vice,” Hank Corwin

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

COSTUME DESIGN

“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell

MAKE UP & HAIR

“The Favourite,” Nadia Stacey

SOUND

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Casali, Tim Cavagin, Nina Hartstone, Paul Massey, John Warhurst

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

“Black Panther,” Geoffrey Baumann, Jesse James Chisholm, Craig Hammack, Dan Sudick

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

“Beast,” Michael Pearce (Writer/Director), Lauren Dark (Producer)

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

“Roughhouse,” Jonathan Hodgson, Richard Van Den Boom

BRITISH SHORT FILM

“73 Cows,” Alex Lockwood

EE RISING STAR AWARD (VOTED FOR BY THE PUBLIC)

Letitia Wright

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA (PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED)

Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, Number 9 Films

BAFTA FELLOWSHIP (PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED)

Thelma Schoonmaker

So, what do we make of all this result? Well, factoring in these winners, along with yesterday’s USC Scripter win for Leave No Trace (keeping Best Adapted Screenplay open, though more on that in a second) and Cold War taking the ASC prize, a lot is looking clearer. Notably, the only Academy Award categories left with a lot of suspense seems to be both Screenplay categories, Best Film Editing, and a few other technical categories. Original Screenplay seems like it’s between The Favourite and Green Book, while Adapted Screenplay is a coin flip, with BlacKkKlansman potentially the favorite now. The suspense in Best Picture is much lower now, with Roma poised to dominate. Sit tight for further commentary before Oscar night, but that’s where new are right now…

Stay tuned to see how BAFTA might end up foretelling the Academy Award results!

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