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BAFTA Releases Its (Fairly Pointless) Longlists with Barbie, Oppenheimer, Killers of the Flower Moon Leading the Pack

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, familiarly known as BAFTA, has released 24 “longlists” of possible contenders in the 24 categories for which it nominates its annual BAFTA Awards. Nominations for the awards will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 12pm GMT.

The annually-released longlists are only of interest in terms of seeing which movies are receiving the most attention from the BAFTA membership, which does have some crossover with the Academy of Motion Pictures and Television that gives out the Oscars each year. The list mentions the films, performances and creatives involved that are now eligible to move onto the second round of voting.

There aren’t too many surprises with regular awards season frontrunners, Greta Gerwig‘s Barbie, Christopher Nolan‘s Oppeneheimer, and Martin Scorsese‘s Killers of the Flower Moon each receiving the most mentions with 15 apiece, but other films like Yorgos Lanthimos‘ Poor ThingsBradley Cooper‘s Maestro, Emerald Fennell‘s Saltburn, and Andrew Haigh‘s All of Us Strangers.

It seems like a moot point to even announce or release these longlist since other than Best Film, they do nothing to give an idea of where things might land when categories are pared down to five or six actual nominations.

On top of that, the “longlist” for Best Film only lists ten films, exactly the number of films that will be nominated, so there’s no real suspense there. (The biggest takeaway there is that Cord Jefferson‘s American Fiction, which was nominated for its screenplay, its direction, and lead actor Jeffrey Wright, was not included in the ten Best Films listed.

Also, Todd Haynes‘ May December appears on the longlists for Original Screenplay and for Supporting Actress Julianne Moore, but noticeably absent are Natalie Portman and Supporting Actor Charles Melton, who won the Gotham Award and is thought to be in the running for an Oscar nomination.

As might be expected, the majority of BAFTA members are British, and they do love to honor their countrymates. Hence, the categories for “Outstanding British Film” and “Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer.” It’s interesting to see Jonathan Glazer‘s The Zone of Interest included in that former category (as well as the longlists for Director and Adapted Screenplay), while also being on the longlist for “Film Not in English Language.” Maybe that isn’t surprising considering that Edward Berger‘s All Quiet on the Western Front received the most longlist mentions last year, but it seems to be giving Glazer’s film an advantage in a category that should be awarded to a filmmaker from another country.

The British membership in BAFTA also gives Nolan’s movie a significant advantage over Gerwig and Scorsese in primary categories, but it’s also the reason why smaller British films like Saltburn and All of Us Strangers received so much longlist attention despite not really having much of an impact in North America, outside of film critics.

Either way, you can pour through all the respective longlists below and see if you get anything more out of them than I did.

BEST FILM

10 films will advance in the Best Film category. 234 eligible films were submitted for consideration. All film voting members of BAFTA vote to determine the longlist, nominations and overall winner.

  • All of Us Strangers
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Past Lives
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

15 films will advance in the Outstanding British Film category. All BAFTA film voting members were invited to join an opt-in chapter to determine the longlist (of which the top five are nominated).  A jury selects the remaining five nominations. In the final round all film voting members vote to determine the winning film. 76 eligible films were submitted for consideration.

  • All of Us Strangers
  • Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
  • The Deepest Breath
  • The Great Escaper
  • How to Have Sex
  • Napoleon
  • The Old Oak
  • One Life
  • Poor Things
  • Rye Lane
  • Saltburn
  • Scrapper
  • Tetris
  • Wonka
  • The Zone of Interest

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

10 films will advance in the Outstanding Debut category.  A jury determines the longlist, nominations and overall winner in this category. 52 eligible films were submitted for consideration.

  • Blue Bag Life
  • Bobi Wine: The People’s President
  • Earth Mama
  • The End We Start From
  • How To Have Sex
  • If the Streets Were on Fire
  • Is There Anybody Out There?
  • Polite Society
  • Rye Lane
  • Scrapper

FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE

10 films will advance in the Film Not in the English Language category. All BAFTA film voting members were invited to join an opt-in chapter to determine the longlist. This chapter will vote to nominate five films and will vote for the overall winning film. 59 eligible films were submitted for consideration.

  • 20 Days In Mariupol
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • The Boy And The Heron
  • The Eight Mountains
  • Fallen Leaves
  • Past Lives
  • Society of the Snow
  • The Taste of Things
  • The Teachers’ Lounge
  • The Zone of Interest

DOCUMENTARY

10 films will advance in the Documentary category. All BAFTA film voting members were invited to join an opt-in chapter to determine the longlist (of which the top two are nominated).  A jury selects the remaining three nominations. In the final round the Documentary opt-in chapter votes to determine the winning film. 60 eligible films were submitted for consideration.

  • 20 Days In Mariupol
  • American Symphony
  • Beyond Utopia
  • The Deepest Breath
  • High & Low – John Galliano
  • Little Richard: I Am Everything
  • Mad About The Boy: The Noël Coward Story
  • The Pigeon Tunnel
  • Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
  • Wham!

ANIMATED FILM

Eight films will advance in the Animated Film category. All BAFTA film voting members were invited to join an opt-in chapter to determine the longlist. This chapter will vote to nominate four films and will vote for the winning film. 17 eligible films were submitted for consideration.

  • The Boy And The Heron
  • Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
  • Elemental
  • Nimona
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  • Wish

DIRECTOR

16 films will advance in the Director category. Members of the Directing chapter vote for their top 16 to determine the longlist, of which the top female, male, and directors who identify as non-binary (within the voting results range of the top 10 female/male directors) will be longlisted to a max of 11, with female/male gender parity upheld, and of which the top two are nominated regardless of gender. A longlisting jury selects the final places from the next 8 placed female, male & non-binary directors (placed within this voting results range). A nominating jury selects four Directors from the longlist to make-up a nominee list of six Directors. In the final round all film voting members vote to determine the winning film. 206 eligible films were submitted for consideration.

  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • All of Us Strangers
  • American Fiction
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • How to Have Sex
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Past Lives
  • Poor Things
  • Priscilla
  • Rye Lane
  • Saltburn
  • Scrapper
  • The Zone of Interest

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

10 films will advance in the Original Screenplay category. Members of the Writers chapter vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the winning film. 100 eligible films were submitted for consideration.

  • Air
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • How to Have Sex
  • Maestro
  • May December
  • Past Lives
  • Rye Lane
  • Saltburn

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

10 films will advance in the Adapted Screenplay category. Members of the Writers chapter vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the winning film. 61 eligible films were submitted for consideration.

  • All of Us Strangers
  • American Fiction
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
  • Dumb Money
  • The Killer
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Wonka
  • The Zone of Interest

LEADING ACTRESS

10 performances will advance in the Leading Actress category. Members of the Acting chapter vote to determine the longlist (of which the top three are nominated). A longlisting jury selects a further three performances to create a longlist of 10. A nominating jury then selects three performances from the longlist to make-up a nominee list of six performances. In the final round all film voting members vote to determine the winning performance. 94 performances were submitted for consideration.

  • Annette Bening NYAD
  • Carey Mulligan Maestro
  • Emma Stone Poor Things
  • Fantasia Barrino The Color Purple
  • Greta Lee Past Lives
  • Lily Gladstone Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Margot Robbie Barbie
  • Mia McKenna-Bruce How to Have Sex
  • Sandra Hüller Anatomy of a Fall
  • Vivian Oparah Rye Lane

LEADING ACTOR

10 performances will advance in the Leading Actor category. Members of the Acting chapter vote to determine the longlist (of which the top three are nominated). A longlisting jury selects a further three performances to create a longlist of 10. A nominating jury then selects three performances from the longlist to make-up a nominee list of six performances. In the final round all film voting members vote to determine the winning performance. 108 performances were submitted for consideration.

  • Andrew Scott All of Us Strangers
  • Barry Keoghan Saltburn
  • Bradley Cooper Maestro
  • Cillian Murphy Oppenheimer
  • Colman Domingo Rustin
  • George MacKay Femme
  • Jeffrey Wright American Fiction
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Paul Giamatti The Holdovers
  • Teo Yoo Past Lives

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

10 performances will advance in the Supporting Actress category. Members of the Acting chapter vote to determine the longlist (of which the top three are nominated). A longlisting jury selects a further three performances to create a longlist of 10. A nominating jury then selects three performances from the longlist to make-up a nominee list of six performances. In the final round all film voting members vote to determine the winning performance. 224 performances were submitted for consideration.

  • America Ferrera Barbie
  • Cara Jade Myers Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Claire Foy All of Us Strangers
  • Danielle Brooks The Color Purple
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph The Holdovers
  • Emily Blunt Oppenheimer
  • Jodie Foster NYAD
  • Julianne Moore May December
  • Rosamund Pike Saltburn
  • Sandra Hüller The Zone of Interest

SUPPORTING ACTOR

10 performances will advance in the Supporting Actor category. Members of the Acting chapter vote to determine the longlist (of which the top three are nominated). A longlisting jury selects a further three performances to create a longlist of 10. A nominating jury then selects three performances from the longlist to make-up a nominee list of six performances. In the final round all film voting members vote to determine the winning performance. 338 performances were submitted for consideration.

  • Anthony Hopkins One Life
  • Ben Whishaw Passages
  • Dominic Sessa The Holdovers
  • Jacob Elordi Saltburn
  • Jamie Bell All of Us Strangers
  • Mark Ruffalo Poor Things
  • Paul Mescal All of Us Strangers
  • Robert De Niro Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Robert Downey Jr. Oppenheimer
  • Ryan Gosling Barbie

CASTING

10 films will advance in the Casting category. Members of the Casting chapter vote to determine the longlist. A jury selects the five nominations and in the final round all film voting members select the winning film. 128 films were submitted for consideration.

  • All of Us Strangers
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • How to Have Sex
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Saltburn
  • Scrapper

CINEMATOGRAPHY

10 films will advance in the Cinematography category. Members of the Cinematography chapter vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the overall winning film. 186 films were submitted for consideration.

  • Barbie
  • The Creator
  • Ferrari
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Saltburn
  • The Zone of Interest

COSTUME DESIGN

10 films will advance in the Costume Design category. Members of the Costume and Makeup & Hair chapters vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the overall winning film. 129 films were submitted for consideration.

  • Asteroid City
  • Barbie
  • Ferrari
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Saltburn
  • Wonka

EDITING

10 films will advance in the Editing category. Members of the Editing chapter vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the overall winning film. 197 films were submitted for consideration.

  • All of Us Strangers
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Saltburn
  • The Zone of Interest

MAKE UP & HAIR

10 films will advance in the Make Up & Hair category. Members of the Costume Design and the Make Up & Hair chapters vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the overall winning film. 124 films were submitted for consideration.

  • Barbie
  • Ferrari
  • Golda
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Priscilla
  • Wonka

ORIGINAL SCORE

10 films will advance in the Original Score category. Members of the Music chapter vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the overall winning film. 131 films were submitted for consideration. Music cue sheets are provided by the entrants and published on BAFTA View.

  • American Fiction
  • Barbie
  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Saltburn
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • Wonka

PRODUCTION DESIGN

10 films will advance in the Production Design category. Members of the Production Design chapter vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the overall winning film. 151 films were submitted for consideration.

  • Asteroid City
  • Barbie
  • Ferrari
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Wonka
  • The Zone of Interest

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

10 films will advance in the Special Visual Effect category. Members of the SVFX chapter vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the overall winning film. 73 films were submitted for consideration. A supporting Statement and a show-reel of the SVFX work (up to five minutes in duration) can be submitted and are published on BAFTA View.

  • Barbie
  • The Creator
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • Wonka

SOUND

10 films will advance in the Sound category Members of the Sound chapter vote to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members will vote for the overall winning film. 172 films were submitted for consideration.

  • Barbie
  • Ferrari
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Wonka
  • The Zone of Interest

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

Six films will advance in the British Short Animation category.  A jury votes to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members are invited to join an opt-in chapter to vote for the overall winning short animation.

  • Crab Day
  • Sweet Like Lemons
  • The Smeds and The Smoos
  • Visible Mending
  • Wild Summon
  • World to Roam

BRITISH SHORT FILM

Ten films will advance in the British Short Film category.  A jury votes to determine the longlist and the nominations. In the final round of voting, all film voting members are invited to join an opt-in chapter to vote for the overall winning short film.

  • Essex Girls
  • Festival of Slaps
  • Finding Alaa
  • Gorka
  • Jellyfish and Lobster
  • Jill, Uncredited
  • Mighty Penguins
  • The One Note Man
  • Such A Lovely Day
  • Yellow
Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas has written about movies for print and the internet for over 20 years, specializing in box office analysis, reviews, and interviews. Currently, he writes features for Below the Line and Above the Line, acting as Associate Editor for the former and Interim Editor for the latter.
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