Earlier this morning, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced their nominations for 2020, with lots of surprises and major disappointments to be found. For starters, I don't think anyone would have guessed that "Joker," would be leading the pack with an insane 11 nominations that includes Best Film, Director, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, and Editing. It was followed closely by "The Irishman" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywoood" with ten each.
Unfortunately the unexpected love for "Joker" came at a cost, leaving Noah Baumbach's brilliant "Marriage Story" out of its rightful place in the Best Film category. Sadly this leaves only one great film up for the big prize: Sir Sam Mendes' stunning World War I epic "1917." I suppose it has a shot of winning, especially after its surprise victory at the Golden Globes, but you also have to consider that it's up for Outstanding British Film as well, and they could easily just give it that instead, while another film receives Best Film.
There were other surprising omissions (Jennifer Lopez for "Hustlers" and Lupita Nyong'o for "Us" to name a couple), but certainly nothing to top that "Marriage Story" snub. At this point, it really seems like any of the films could walk away with the top prize (though I have a very hard time believing that they'd actually give "Joker" Best Film). We'll just have to wait until the awards are handed out on February 2nd to find out who the big winners will be, so be sure to check back then to see how it all goes down.
In the meantime, please see below for a complete list of this morning's BAFTA nominations:
1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren
THE IRISHMAN Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
JOKER Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino