Wow, the 2024 BAFTA nominations are messy, with several big snubs

The BAFTA nominations are out! I’ve seen some people question the legitimacy of BAFTA as an awards-season predictor, but while BAFTA historically has some big misses, they actually are a pretty decent indicator for Oscar nominations. I would put them just below the American guild awards (SAG, DGA and PGA). The biggest headline from this year’s BAFTA noms? No Lily Gladstone. Not in the lead category or supporting. That’s a huge snub, and it was done to make more room for British actresses. The other big snub is no Greta Gerwig in the director category, which is insane. There’s also no Greta Lee from Past Lives, but they did nominate Teo Yoo, seemingly out of nowhere – Yoo has not gotten many nominations or awards buzz, even though he’s amazing in Past Lives. Here are the big categories, and you can see the full list here.

Best film
Anatomy of a Fall
The Holdovers
Killers of the Flower Moon
Poor Things

Outstanding British film
All of Us Strangers
How To Have Sex
The Old Oak
Poor Things
Rye Lane
The Zone of Interest

Leading actress
Fantasia Barrino – The Color Purple
Sandra Hüller – Anatomy of a Fall
Carey Mulligan – Maestro
Vivian Oparah – Rye Lane
Margot Robbie – Barbie
Emma Stone – Poor Things

Leading actor
Bradley Cooper – Maestro
Colman Domingo – Rustin
Paul Giamatti – The Holdovers
Barry Keoghan – Saltburn
Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer
Teo Yoo – Past Lives

Supporting actress
Emily Blunt – Oppenheimer
Danielle Brooks – The Color Purple
Claire Foy – All of Us Strangers
Sandra Hüller – The Zone of Interest
Rosamund Pike – Saltburn
Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers

Supporting actor
Robert De Niro – Killers of the Flower Moon
Robert Downey Jr – Oppenheimer
Jacob Elordi – Saltburn
Ryan Gosling – Barbie
Paul Mescal – All of Us Strangers
Dominic Sessa – The Holdovers

All of Us Strangers – Andrew Haigh
Anatomy of a Fall – Justine Triet
The Holdovers – Alexander Payne
Maestro – Bradley Cooper
Oppenheimer – Christopher Nolan
The Zone of Interest – Jonathan Glazer

[From The BBC]

Minus the Lily Gladstone snub – which is HUGE, make no mistake – I pretty much agree with many of the acting categories. I’m surprised that they nominated Fantasia and that will not happen with the Oscar noms, and I love that Dominic Sessa finally got nominated for something. Love that Leo DiCaprio was not nominated and I hate that Bradley Cooper got nominated. Love Sandra Huller’s two noms. Yeah… what’s up with Greta Gerwig snub though? Especially when Bradley Cooper should absolutely not be there in the directing category. Oh, I just realized that Marty Scorsese was snubbed too – I’m kind of fine with that though. KOTFM was such a slog.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    No Scorsese seems a snub, bc he’s the kind of director who gets nominated all the time – but also no Gerwig and no Emerald Fennell (Saltburn got plenty of other love, just not for her?)

    I haven’t seen KOTFM or Maestro, so no real opinion on DiCaprio vs Cooper in those films – but generally speaking I feel diCaprio also gets nominated all the time so I find that a little surprising (but he wasnt’ nominated for a GG, right? so that’s not out of nowhere.)

    Lily G seems like a huge snub though.

  2. Normades says:

    They really went all in with Saltburn giving Rosiland, Barry and Jacob nods weird that Emerald did not.

  3. Amy Bee says:

    At least some people of colour have been nominated this year

  4. Lizzie Bennett says:

    BAFTAs are definitely weird. They’ve never nominated Denzel. They usually love their fellow Brits so I’m shocked Emerald didn’t get nominated.

    • Lurker25 says:

      The British establishment, incl the BAFTA nominating body, is very Tory/conservative, even if they’d like to pretend they’re not. My guess is that Emeralds 1-2 punch of movies that really twist the knife into misogyny (a promising woman) and classism (saltburn) scares them and they find it all off-putting.

      Like, she doesn’t make “worthwhile” (aka boring, pedantic and nominate-able) movies about these topics. She finds the excuses, the metaphors, the hidden aspects, and exposes it all, sometimes literally and always shockingly.

      She’s a very original voice and to not recognize that is…. deliberate.

      • Drea says:

        Plus, she played Camilla in The Crown. Bet she hasn’t been forgiven for that “misstep” either.

      • SamuelWhiskers says:

        One of my best friends is a BAFTA juror and she’s queer, trans, runs a nonprofit theatre company, and is very left wing. According to her the judges are all different but all very passionate about film. All the judging is anonymous btw. Even the other judges don’t know how anyone else voted. I’m sure bias does come into it in terms of individual judges but it’s not all Tory types.

    • SamuelWhiskers says:

      Emerald is 10000% part of the British establishment, she’s extended aristocratic and part of the Cambridge circle of friends, and she’s from a very Tory family.

      It’s far, far more likely she was snubbed because BAFTA have been working hard to make the juries very diverse, so it’s much more likely to be resentment for Emerald’s extreme privilege.

      It’s working class liberals not wanting to award a Tory aristo, not the opposite way round.

  5. Concern Fae says:

    It’s really amazing that a film like Maestro, where the reactions I’ve been seeing have been from meh to pretty good and nobody’s really talking about anymore, is pushing Barbie, which got solid and loud raves for ages (and a second wave when it got to streaming), out of the awards nominations. Truly a sign that the awards season is broken.

  6. Iris says:

    No Andrew Scott?

  7. Libra says:

    Directors; all male.

    • Nikomikaelx says:

      Justine Triet isnt

    • Louisa says:

      Justine Triet for Anatomy was nominated. But yeah even in a year where some of the biggest movies were female directed (Barbie, Saltburn, Past Lives) the category is still mostly men.

  8. james says:

    Just like the Globes, it’s all British-centric with little diversity so they don’t get called out. Yawn….

  9. BeanieBean says:

    This is off topic, but seeing the photos of the beautiful Lily Gladstone reminded me of this. I saw a movie poster for Killers of the Flower Moon the other day. My goodness, they really darkened the skin on Lily! I just…why??

  10. Nanea says:

    Too bad the patron/president of BAFTA won’t be there to stamp his velvet slipper-clad foot again to demand more diversity – and subsequently have an award *bestowed* on his Earthflop documentary that nobody watched – because nothing much has changed.

    The nominees are still mostly of the pale, male, stale persuasion and in 2024 *still* haven’t arrived in the present age of DEI.

    I’d really love for some big names in film to drag the BAFTAs, and remind them that film can’t thrive in a vacuum, or in a monoculture.

  11. Ohwell says:

    The BAFTAS should focus on recognizing British cinema and talent! The Oscar’s should do the same with American cinema and talent.

  12. WaterisLife says:

    A British agency snubbing an Indigenous person? The hell you say…

  13. AC says:

    Not surprised as Bafta has always been British centric. The Oscars did at least one year had a non-US film(Parasite) sweep the Oscars, so I wouldn’t say Oscars are always US centric-And the reason for a more worldwide appeal.

  14. Leah says:

    I’m so surprised to see the disdain for Maestro. For me, it is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, and I thought Cooper and Mulligan both brilliant in it. Cooper for acting and directing.

  15. Mee says:

    I think B Cooper turned off a lot of people with his podcast interview from a few months back. The one where he said he couldn’t believe someone (at an industry event) said to him “you deserve the nom”. As in whatever movie he did, deserved a nomination. He implied he should be getting an Oscar not just a nomination. He also, complained that as he was talking to another actor, someone asked him how many Oscar nominations he has (7), then asked the other actor, how many nominations they had, (2), that person then said, “how does she have 2 and you 7?” And BC was upset about that. That sense of entitlement is very off putting. And that podcast episode made a lot of noise, it was during the strike so nothing else going on.

  16. Shoop says:

    Feel bad for Charles Melton, he was great in May December. I couldn’t even figure out who RDJ was in Oppenheimer; Jacob Elordi is perfect in that role but it wasn’t very deep; Robert de Niro would probably like to stay at home.

  17. blue says:

    The Leftovers? Giamatti? I must have had a blackout when I saw it because it’s ok but I didn’t see anything extraordinary to warrant award(s).