THE Baftas are an annual event which recognise outstanding cinematic performances.
Find out who’s up for an award this Sunday…
What are the 2019 Bafta nominations?
The Favourite leads the race for this year’s Bafta Awards, with 12 nominations.
It’s way ahead of its rivals Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, First Man and Roma, which all have seven nominations each.
Best Leading Actress
- Glenn Close – The Wife. Glenn plays the title role of a woman who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
- Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born. Lady Gaga is more commonly known for her songs, but in this film she combines acting with music and takes on the lead role of Ally.
- Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa has seen her star soar over the last few years and is now one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. For this film she plays Lee Israel, a writer who falls on hard times.
- Olivia Colman – The Favourite. Olivia is riding high at the moment, with her role of Queen Anne in The Favourite particularly garnering her praise.
- Viola Davis – Widows. Viola is well known for scooping top awards with a Bafta and Academy Award already under her belt. This year she has been nominated for her role of Veronica Rawlings – a Chicago teachers’ union delegate.
This category recognises the best actresses in a leading role.
So far, Olivia Colman is strongly tipped to win the award, having scooped the Golden Globe for the role. Lady Gaga is a close second for A Star Is Born.
Best Leading Actor
- Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born. The handsome actor has been nominated twice before for a Bafta for his roles in American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. He will be hoping for a win for his role of Jackson Maine in A Star Is Born.
- Christian Bale – Vice. Christian Bale scooped a Golden Globe for his role of Dick Cheney, so he could be on for a win at the Baftas.
- Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody. Rami has shot to international stardom thanks to his role of Freddie Mercury in this British film. He also won a Best Actor gong at the Golden Globes.
- Steve Coogan – Stan & Ollie. Steve is back in the cinemas with this new film and will be hoping to win the Bafta for his role of Stan Laurel.
- Viggo Mortensen – Green Book. Like Bradley Cooper, Viggo has been nominated twice before for a Bafta. This could be his year for his role of Tony Lip in Green Book.
This category celebrates the best actors of the last year.
As Rami Malek won the gong at the Golden Globes for Bohemian Rhapsody he is likely to take the Bafta.
Best Supporting Actress
- Amy Adams – Vice. For this film, Amy teamed up with her American Hustle co-star Christian Bale. She is nominated for playing Lynne Cheney in the movie.
- Claire Foy – First Man. Claire has seen been much sought-after since her role as the Queen in The Crown. This is her first Bafta nomination and she has been given the nod for her role as Janet Armstrong.
- Emma Stone – The Favourite. The darling of Hollywood, Emma, is no stranger to the awards season, and already has a Golden Globe and Oscar under her belt. But could this be her year to win that Bafta?
- Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots. Margot has proved herself to be a very versatile actress. She started her career in Aussie soap Neighbours and is now one of Hollywood’s leading ladies.
- Rachel Weisz -The Favourite. Rachel is up against her co-star Emma. She will be hoping to bag that Bafta for her role of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.
This gong is given in honour of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the film industry.
This year is fairly competitive as Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are both up for the award for the same film, The Favourite.
Best Supporting Actor
- Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman. He shot to fame in TV series Girls but has quickly become a sought after movie actor. In this Spike Lee film, he plays Detective Philip “Flip” Zimmerman.
- Mahershala Ali – Green Book. Mahershala has proved himself to be a top class actor on both the big and small screen. In this film, he plays the role of “Doc” Don Shirley.
- Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? The esteemed actor teams up with Melissa McCarthy for this movie, playing Jack Hock.
- Sam Rockwell – Vice. For this film, Sam took on the challenging role of former president George W. Bush.
- Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy. He may only be 23 years old but Timothee is proving fetishism is a force to be reckoned with. He is nominated for his portrayal of a drug-addicted teenager in the drama.
A supporting actor is a man who performs a role in a film below that of the leading actor, but above that of a bit part.
Adam Driver is strongly tipped to take home the award for his role in BlacKkKlansman.
- BlacKkKlansman – Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele
- The Favourite – Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee Magiday
- Green Book – Jim Burke, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Charles B. Wessler
- Roma – Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez
- A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper, Bill Gerber, Lynette Howell Taylor
Any film from any country can be nominated for this award.
The Favourite is tipped to win in 2019.
- Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman. Spike will be hoping to bag his second Bafta after winning back in 2002.
- Paweł Pawlikowski – Cold War. Pawel tells the story of the Cold War in Poland, where two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments begin an almost impossible romance.
- Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite. This film has bagged the most nominations and Yorgos will be hoping to land the Best Director gong.
- Alfonso Cuaron – Roma. Alfonso’s movie is strongly tipped to win big at the Baftas and the director is currently favourite to win this award.
- Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born. This movie is Bradley’s first time at directing a movie. He is the second favourite to take home the gong.
This award honours the directors who have brought the best movies to the big screen.
So far Alfonso Cuaron and Bradley Cooper are the favourites to scoop this award.
Outstanding British Film
- Beast – Michael Pearce, Kristian Brodie, Lauren Dark, Ivana MacKinnon
- Bohemian Rhapsody – Bryan Singer, Graham King, Anthony McCarten
- The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
- McQueen – Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui, Andee Ryder, Nick Taussig
- Stan & Ollie – Jon S. Baird, Faye Ward, Jeff Pope
- You Were Never Really Here – Lynne Ramsay, Rosa Attab, Pascal Caucheteux, James Wilson
To be eligible for nomination as Outstanding British Film, a movie “must have significant creative involvement by individuals who are British”.
Bohemian Rhapsody or The Favourite are likely to take the crown.
- Free solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin. Alex Honnold completes the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan’s 3,000-foot vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.
- McQueen – Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui. Exploring the life of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who started his career in his teens before gaining notice as a designer for Givenchy and launching his own label, which continues to this day. He took his own life in 2010.
- RBG – Julie Cohen, Betsy West. An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women.
- They Shall Not Grow old – Peter Jackson. Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, filmmaker Peter allows the story of World War I to be told by the men who were there. Life on the front is explored through the voices of the soldiers, who discuss their feelings about the conflict.
- Three Identical Strangers – Tim Wardle, Grace Hughes-Hallett, Becky Read. Identical triplets become separated at birth and adopted by three different families. Years later, their amazing reunion becomes a global sensation but also unearths an unimaginable secret that has radical repercussions.
This award goes to a documentary film that tells a true story, the version of which we have often never heard of before.
McQueen is tipped to scoop the prize.
- Cold War – Janusz Głowacki, Paweł Pawlikowski. Set against the backdrop of the 1950s Cold War in Poland, two people of differing backgrounds and temperaments begin an almost impossible romance.
- The Favourite – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara. In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
- Green Book – Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga. A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.
- Roma – Alfonso Cuarón. A year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
- Vice – Adam McKay. The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
The Bafta award for the Best Original Screenplay is for a film not based on previously published material.
The Favourite or Vice are tipped to scoop the gong.
- BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
- Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty. When writer Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
- First Man – Josh Singer. A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
- If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins. A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime.
- A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth. A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family of musicians help a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. They struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime.
This gong is awarded each year to the writer of a screenplay adapted from another source.
This is usually a novel, play, short story or TV series but sometimes another film.
- BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
- If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
- Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
- Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman
- A Star Is Born – Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson
This award recognises music written specifically for the film it is included in. A Star Is Born is tipped to win, but could it be pipped to the post by Mary Poppins Returns?
EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
- Barry Keoghan
- Cynthia Erivo
- Jessie Buckley
- Lakeith Stanfield
- Letitia Wright
This award recognises the world’s best upcoming talent and is the only award that is voted for by the public.
Vote here for your favourite.
- The Baftas are held on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
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