2022 BAFTA nominations: no Nicole Kidman, no Kristen Stewart & no Olivia Colman

This is one of the oddest awards seasons I’ve ever covered/watched. Between the newly spread-out awards show schedule, the shunning of the Golden Globes and the Omicron variant leading to a blitz of postponements, it’s just been so weirdly muted around all of the Oscar campaigns. Anyway, the BAFTA nominations are here and they barely have any connection to the American Oscar season. Usually, it’s not this wide of a chasm between Oscars and BAFTAs. While the guild awards are truly the best indicators for the Oscars, usually the BAFTAs are close behind. Not so much this year. Some good news, however: no Nicole Kidman for Being the Ricardos, THANK GOD. And no Kristen Stewart for Spencer. Lolz. You can see the full list of nominations here. Here are the big categories:

Best Film
Don’t Look Up
Licorice Pizza
The Power Of The Dog

Outstanding British Film
After Love
Ali & Ava
Boiling Point
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
House Of Gucci
Last Night In Soho
No Time To Die

After Love, Aleem Khan
Drive My Car, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Happening, Audrey Diwan
Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Power Of The Dog, Jane Campion
Titane, Julia Ducournau

Leading Actress
Lady Gaga, House Of Gucci
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Emilia Jones, Coda
Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person In The World
Joanna Scanlan, After Love
Tessa Thompson, Passing

Leading Actor
Adeel Akhtar, Ali & Ava
Mahershala Ali, Swan Song
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power Of The Dog
Leonardo Dicaprio, Don’t Look Up
Stephen Graham, Boiling Point
Will Smith, King Richard

Supporting Actress
Caitríona Balfe, Belfast
Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
Ariana Debose, West Side Story
Ann Dowd, Mass
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Ruth Negga, Passing

Supporting Actor
Mike Faist, West Side Story
Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
Troy Kotsur, Coda
Woody Norman, C’mon C’mon
Jesse Plemons, The Power Of The Dog
Kodi Smit-Mcphee, The Power Of The Dog

[From THR]

The love for Licorice Pizza surprised me, but I do realize that Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies are usually more beloved overseas. The British Film Academy also made a real effort to nominate actors of color. Before this year, no Black actor had ever been nominated in the Best Actor category (not even Idris Elba or Denzel!!) – they made a point of nominating Will Smith, Mahershala Ali and Adeel Akhtar (who is Black and South Asian). I’m also pleased to see the nominations for Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga for Passing and Jessie Buckley for The Lost Daughter. While I understand why Olivia Colman can’t win everything, I definitely thought her work in The Lost Daughter deserved nominations across the board.

(I also think they made the right decision to not nominate Kidman and K-Stew. I wonder if BAFTA president Prince William threw a fit about Spencer not getting any major noms.)

Photos courtesy of Netflix, IMDB.

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