Let the Undercard Bouts Begin! – Guild and BAFTA Nominees Announced

Now that the Golden Globes are out of the way, and Awards Season is in full swing, it’s time for the rest of the minor ceremonies to announce their nominees. We’ve already had the Independent Spirit and SAG nods for a while, but in the last few days we’ve also accumulated announcements from the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the Producers Guild of America. Finally, this morning, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced their crop of competitors for the BAFTA Awards.

As always, I’ll provide whatever review links I have for these nominees, as well as ceremony data and whatever availability information I have for films I haven’t seen and/or rated just yet (with the exception of short films).

BAFTA – Ceremony on February 10:
Best Film
BlacKkKlansman – On DVD/Blu-Ray
The Favourite – In Theatres Now
Green Book – In Theatres Now
Roma – On Netflix/In Theatres
A Star is Born – In Theatres Now, On DVD/Blu-Ray 2/19

Outstanding British Film
Beast – On DVD/Blu-Ray
Bohemian Rhapsody – In Theatres Now, On DVD/Blu-Ray 2/12
The Favourite
McQueen – On DVD/Blu-Ray
Stan & Ollie – In Theatres Now
You Were Never Really Here – On DVD/Blu-Ray

Leading Actress
Glenn Close – The Wife – In Theatres Now
Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me? – In Theatres Now
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Viola Davis – Widows – In Theatres Now

Leading Actor
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Christian Bale – Vice – In Theatres Now
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Steve Coogan – Stan & Ollie
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man – In Theatres Now, On DVD/Blu-Ray 1/22
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots – In Theatres Now
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Supporting Actor
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice
Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy – In Theatres Now

Director
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War – In Limited Release
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born

Costume Design
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – On Netflix
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns – In Theatres Now
Mary Queen of Scots

Makeup & Hair
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Mary Queen of Scots
Stan & Ollie
Vice

Original Music
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk – In Theatres Now
Isle of Dogs – On DVD/Blu-Ray
Mary Poppins Returns
A Star is Born

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer
Daniel Kokotajlo – Apostasy – On DVD/Blu-Ray
Michael Pierce and Lauren Dark – Beast
Chris Kelly – A Cambodian Spring – Only Available in UK
Leanne Welham and Sophie Harmon – Pili – On DVD/Bly-Ray
Richard Billingham and Jacqui Davies – Ray & Liz – Unknown

Animated Film
Incredibles 2 – On DVD/Blu-Ray
Isle of Dogs
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse – In Theatres Now

Adapted Screenplay
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
First Man
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star is Born

British Short Animation
I’m OK
Marfa
Roughhouse

British Short Film
73 Cows
Bachelor, 38
The Blue Door
The Field
Wale

Cinematography
Bohemian Rhapsody
Cold War
The Favourite
First Man
Roma

Documentary
Free Solo – In Limited Release
McQueen
RBG – On DVD/Blu-Ray
They Shall Not Grow Old – On DVD/Blu-Ray
Three Identical Strangers – On DVD/Blu-Ray

Editing
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
First Man
Roma
Vice

Film Not in the English Language
Capernaum (Lebanon) – In Limited Release
Cold War (Poland)
Dogman (Italy) – In Theatres 4/19
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan) – In Limited Release

Original Screenplay
Cold War
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
Vice

Production Design
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – In Theatres Now
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma

Sound
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – On DVD/Blu-Ray
A Quiet Place – On DVD/Blu-Ray
A Star is Born

Special Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War – On DVD/Blu-Ray and Netflix
Black Panther – On DVD/Blu-Ray and Netflix
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
First Man
Ready Player One – On DVD/Blu-Ray

EE Rising Star Award
Barry Keoghan (American Animals)
Cynthia Erivo (Bad Times at the El Royale and Widows)
Jessie Buckley (Beast)
Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You)
Letitia Wright (Black Panther)

My first impression here is that once again A Star is Born is getting way too much praise for what is essentially a competent remake with some half decent music. Bradley Cooper alone is nominated in five categories, and he likely won’t win any of them. Being biased towards British work, it is no surprise that The Favourite has an overwhelming lead in nominations, same goes for Bohemian Rhapsody. I’m a bit surprised that BlacKkKlansman is getting more love than the Golden Globes gave it. Hopefully that bodes well for the Academy. It’s also interesting that there are only three nominees for Animated Film (which may be the norm, I’m not sure), which basically tells us who’s really up for the Oscar, even if the Academy nominates five.

The two big surprises are in the Actress categories. For Leading Actress, Nicole Kidman’s much-hyped performance in Destroyer is left off the list in favor of Melissa McCarthy and Viola Davis. I haven’t seen Destroyer yet, so I can’t say for sure if that’s the right call, but finding spots for McCarthy and Davis is something I’m fully behind, especially since it also gets rid of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins. In the Supporting Actress category, it looks like we might have a legitimate contest across the awards shows this year, as Golden Globe winner and SAG favorite Regina King was left off the list for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. Could we have one iota of drama? I hope so!

Writers Guild of America – Ceremony on February 17:
Original Screenplay
Eighth Grade – On Blu-Ray/DVD
Green Book
A Quiet Place
Roma
Vice

Adapted Screenplay
BlacKkKlansman
Black Panther
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star is Born

Documentary Screenplay
Bathtubs Over Broadway – In Limited Release
Fahrenheit 11/9 – On DVD/Blu-Ray
Generation Wealth – On DVD/Blu-Ray
In Search of Greatness – In Limited Release

No real surprises here apart from the documentaries, but that’s par for the course. Between the BAFTAs, Oscars, Spirits, WGA, DGA, and PGA it’s possible to get completely different nominees each time. The only real surprise is that Generation Wealth, which sucked so badly, got a nod here.

Directors Guild of America – Ceremony on February 2:
Feature Film
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice

First-Time Feature Film
Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
Carlos López Estrada – Blindspotting – On DVD/Blu-Ray
Matthew Heineman – A Private War – In Theatres Now
Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You – On DVD/Blu-Ray

I’m absolutely thrilled that Riley and Estrada got nominated. At least there’s some recognition for my favorite movie of the year. This will likely be where Cooper picks up some hardware. Cuarón seems to be the front-runner for Best Director this year, but the double nomination means Cooper can get the consolation prize for First Feature, and I’m not opposed to that. For his first film, he did a good job as director. It wasn’t nearly as spectacular as marketing would indicate, but it’s worthy, certainly.

Producers Guild of America – Ceremony on January 19
Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
Crazy Rich Asians – On DVD/Blu-Ray
The Favourite
Green Book
A Quiet Place
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice

Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures
The Dawn Wall – On DVD/Blu-Ray
Free Solo
Hal – On Amazon Prime, YouTube, and other streaming services
Into the Okavango – On DVD/Blu-Ray
RBG
Three Identical Strangers
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – On DVD/Blu-Ray

Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
The Grinch – In Theatres Now
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet – In Theatres Now
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence
Homer Simpson

Sorry, these award names are ludicrously long. Anyway, the main list is basically your Best Picture shortlist. I doubt all 10 will be nominated, although they could. My guess is the Academy will cap at eight and leave off Crazy Rich Asians and A Quiet Place if they’re going by this list.

That’s about all I’ve got at this point. We’ll see how these awards play out over the next few weeks, and Oscar nominations are just days away. How the Guilds and Brits vote may very well determine what happens with the Academy. Keep it locked here for all the info you could possibly want!

Join the conversation in the comments below! What films are you rooting for? Which guild do you like best? Are you pissed that BoHo won at the Globes despite a low Rotten Tomatoes score? Let me know!

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