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Olivia Colman BAFTA

Hey, The BAFTAs Weren't The Total Trainwreck We Thought They'd Be!

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | February 11, 2019 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | February 11, 2019 |


Olivia Colman BAFTA

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last week that Bryan Singer’s nomination for Best British Film as the sole credited director of Bohemian Rhapsody had been revoked for, well, you know why.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
The Favourite

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Favourite

BEST BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
Roughhouse

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM
73 Crows

BEST SOUND
Bohemian Rhapsody

BEST EDITING
Vice

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Free Solo

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR
The Favourite

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rachel Weisz - The Favourite

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali - Green Book

RISING STAR AWARD
Letitia Wright

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BlacKkKlansman

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
A Star is Born

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Favourite

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roma

OUTSTANDING BRITISH DEBUT
Beast

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Black Panther

BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Roma

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Favourite

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón - Roma

BEST ACTOR
Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody

BEST ACTRESS
Olivia Colman - The Favourite

BEST FILM
Roma

Enjoy Olivia Colman’s awesome speech.



Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.


Header Image Source: BBC / YouTube


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