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As much as I love the Oscars, the BAFTA’s are very close to my heart. Is it because I am from the United Kingdom? Yeah, pretty much. Still, I regard a BAFTA as a legitimate award that anyone in the entertainment industry should be proud to win. I also love the actual award show as Stephen Fry always did a good job in hosting the BAFTA’s. More importantly, the BAFTA’s are a good way to see what the front-runners are in regards to the Oscars.
Still, the BAFTA’s do not always completely match with the Oscars. Indeed, La La Land won the 2017 BAFTA for Best Film and it did not win the Oscar for Best Film. Well, it did for a couple of minutes but that was a fiasco. Still, the BAFTA’s are still a significant precursor to the Oscars. Well, the speculation about what films will be BAFTA nominated can end as the 2018 BAFTA nominations have now been released. With that in mind, we should look at what films have been recognised by The British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
The 2018 BAFTA Nominees
The Shape of Water leads the way in BAFTA nominations with a total of nine being bestowed upon it. After the nominations Guillermo del Toro’s latest film received at the 2018 Golden Globes, it now has a great chance for success at the 2018 BAFTA’s. The Shape of Water is nominated for BAFTA’s in the categories that include, but are not limited to, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Score and Best Original Screenplay.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Darkest Hour both received nine BAFTA nominations. This is a huge boost for Darkest Hour after falling by the wayside with award nominations. Certainly, films such as The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in addition to Lady Bird and Call Me By Your Name, have received more award attention than Darkest Hour in recent months.
Yet, the thing that pleases me the most when it comes to the 2018 BAFTA nominations is the amount of love for Blade Runner 2049. Indeed, it is tied with Dunkirk for BAFTA nominations. Denis Villeneuve’s film gained a total of eight nominations in the categories of Best Director, Best Cinematography (obviously) and Best Score amongst others. Blade Runner 2049 was one of the best films I saw in 2017. Hence, I am delighted that it is being recognised by the BAFTA’s. While I would have also liked a Best Picture nomination, I cannot complain too much.
All we can do now is wait to see how the 2018 BAFTA nominations line with up with the 2018 Oscar nominations. The ceremony for the 2018 BAFTA’s will be held on 18th February.
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