Hey, The BAFTAs Weren't The Total Trainwreck We Thought They'd Be!
The 2019 BAFTAs were predicted by many - including myself - to be a very British trainwreck. What is supposed to be a celebration of our great nation’s cinema in an international context has mostly become a desperate fight to join in with ‘the Oscar narrative’. That’s why the ceremony now takes place before the Academy Awards and not after it, as it did for so many years. The nominations left many feeling disheartened as what had been an amazing year in British cinema was by and large overlooked in favour of pandering to the big American titles. And, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody. Oh dear lord, I cannot wait for this season to be over.
So here’s the thing: BAFTA announced last week that Bryan Singer’s nomination for Best British Film as the sole credited director of Bohemian Rhapsody had been revoked for, well, you know why. Typically, the Best British Film award is given to both producer and director, so when we heard that news, our instinctive reaction was, ‘oh sh*t, the film is winning the award and this is BAFTA’s desperate attempt to pretend it isn’t complicit in this mess’. So colour me surprised when it didn’t win. Hell, most of my predictions were joyfully subverted, and we actually saw some delightful choices for a change. The Oscar narrative is still in place for some, like Roma and Rami Malek, but at least BAFTA wasn’t wholly predictable this year. The show itself still sucked - just show the entire bloody ceremony already, enough of this time delay and edited crap - but all I can hope for from this disaster of an awards season is that things go kind of okay. So, here are this year’s BAFTA winners.
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
BEST BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM
BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rachel Weisz - The Favourite
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali - Green Book
RISING STAR AWARD
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
A Star is Born
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
OUTSTANDING BRITISH DEBUT
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alfonso Cuarón - Roma
Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
Olivia Colman - The Favourite
Enjoy Olivia Colman’s awesome speech.
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