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BAFTA Awards: Oppenheimer, Poor Things Lead the Way with Nolan Biopic Winning for Film, Director

The British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) handed out its annual BAFTA Awards on Sunday evening, Feb. 18, UK time, at London’s Royal Festival Hall, revealing its picks for best films and performances for the year. The event was hosted by former Doctor Who star David Tennant. 

As at the Academy AwardsChristopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer led the nominations with 13, followed by Yorgos Lanthimos‘ Poor Things with 11 nominations. Martin Scorsese‘s Killers of the Flower MoonJonathan Glazer‘s The Zone of InterestJustine Triet‘s Anatomy of a FallAlexander Payne‘s The Holdovers, and Bradley Cooper‘s Maestro were also in the mix, similar to the Oscar nominations.

It was very little surprise that Nolan and his film swept many of the categories for which it was nominated, as it won Best Film with Nolan winning his first-ever BAFTA for Best Director, Cillian Murphy winning the BAFTA for Leading Actor, and Robert Downey Jr winning for Supporting Actor, as well as three below-the-line categories for Cinematography, Editing, and Original Score. The fact that Oppenheimer missed out on winning Adapted Screenplay does show the smallest sign of weakness in the chances of it winning that category at the Oscars, though it could just be a matter of BAFTA voters wanting to share the wealth.

The Holdovers’ Supporting Actress, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, won her first BAFTA for that film, which also received the Casting award for its casting director, Susan Shopmaker.

There was also strong support for Poor Things and The Zone of Interest, Emma Stone winning her second BAFTA for the former, which also won four below-the-line categories. Besides receiving both “Film Not in the English Language” AND “Outstanding British Film,” Glazer’s film was also honored for its Sound, another category that could have very easily gone to Oppenheimer.

Mia McKenna-Bruce of the recently-released How to Have Sex received the prestigious “Rising Star Award.”

The screenplay categories are where things diverged from the primary winners with Anatomy of a Fall and Cord Jefferson‘s screenplay for American Fiction winning for Original and Adapted, despite only one of them being nominated either for Best Film or Director.

Miyazaki‘s The Boy and the Heron managed to best Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse to win for Animated Film, which gives the Japanese Anime film a better chance at the Oscars, considering the crossover between the two groups.

You can see the full list of winners below:

BEST FILM

“Oppenheimer” — Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas

DIRECTOR                                                                              

“Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer”

LEADING ACTRESS 

Emma Stone, “Poor Things”

LEADING ACTOR

Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer”

RISING STAR AWARD

Mia McKenna-Bruce

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Anatomy of a Fall” — Justine Triet, Arthur Harari

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“American Fiction,” Cord Jefferson

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

“The Zone of Interest” — Jonathan Glazer

ANIMATED FILM

“The Boy and the Heron” — Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki

DOCUMENTARY

“20 Days in Mariupol” — Mstyslav Chernov, Raney Aronson Rath

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

“The Zone of Interest” — Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Ewa Puszczyńska

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

“Earth Mama” — Savanah Leaf (Writer, Director, Producer), Shirley O’Connor (Producer), Medb Riordan (Producer)

CASTING

“The Holdovers” — Susan Shopmaker — WINNER

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Oppenheimer,” Hoyte van Hoytema — WINNER

EDITING

“Oppenheimer,” Jennifer Lame — WINNER

COSTUME DESIGN

“Poor Things,” Holly Waddington

MAKE UP & HAIR

“Poor Things” — Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier, Josh Weston

ORIGINAL SCORE

“Oppenheimer,” Ludwig Göransson

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Poor Things” — Shona Heath, James Price, Zsuzsa Mihalek

SOUND

“The Zone of Interest” — Johnnie Burn, Tarn Willers

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

“Poor Things” — Simon Hughes

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

“Crab Day” — Ross Stringer, Bartosz Stanislawek, Aleksandra Sykulak

BRITISH SHORT FILM

“Jellyfish and Lobster” — Yasmin Afifi, Elizabeth Rufai — WINNER

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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