“Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s film about the development of the atomic bomb, received the highest number of nominations for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards, known as BAFTAs, on Thursday.
The film earned 13 nominations for the British equivalent of the Oscars, including best picture, where it competes against four other titles, including “Killers of The Flower Moon,” Martin Scorsese’s epic about the Osage murders in the 1920s, and “Poor Things,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ sexually charged take on a Frankenstein story starring Emma Stone. “Poor Things” followed “Oppenheimer” with 11 nominations total.
The other titles nominated for best film are “Anatomy of a Fall,” Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or winner about a woman accused of murdering her husband, and “The Holdovers,” Alexander Payne’s story about a professor boarding school student who has to take care of her husband. students during vacations.
The nominations for “Oppenheimer” come just days after the film won three of the major awards at this year’s Golden Globes, and will be seen by many as a further boost to its chances at this year’s Oscars; the voting bodies of the BAFTAs and the Oscars overlap. This year’s Oscar nominations are expected to be announced on Tuesday.
Although “Oppenheimer” earned the most nominations, the highest-profile categories featured a variety of films. In the best director category, Nolan, Triet and Payne were nominated alongside Bradley Cooper for “Maestro,” his Leonard Bernstein biopic; Jonathan Glazer for “The Zone of Interest,” a film about daily life at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust; and Andrew Haigh for “All of Us Strangers,” an acclaimed British film about a lonely gay writer.
“Barbie,” Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster about the doll’s journey of self-discovery, wasn’t nominated for best picture or best director, but Margot Robbie, its star, did get a nomination for best main actress. Robbie will compete for the award alongside stars of other high-profile films, including Emma Stone (“Poor Things”), Carey Mulligan (“Maestro”) and Fantasia Barrino (“The Color Purple”). Sandra Hüller was also nominated for “Anatomy of a Fall,” as was Vivian Oparah for her role in the British romantic comedy “Rye Lane,” set in a diverse neighborhood in South London.
Lily Gladstone, who earlier this month became the first Indigenous person to win a Golden Globe for best actress for her performance in “Killers of The Flower Moon,” was not nominated for a BAFTA.
Gladstone’s co-star Leonardo DiCaprio was also snubbed in the best actor category. Nominees in this category instead included Cillian Murphy for “Oppenheimer,” Cooper for “Maestro” and Barry Keoghan for “Saltburn.” They will compete against Paul Giamatti for his lead role in “The Holdovers”, Colman Domingo for “Rustin” and Teo Yoo for “Past Lives”, Céline Song’s nostalgic film about two childhood friends who keep getting together more late in life.
In 2020, BAFTA organizers overhauled the awards’ nomination processes in a bid to improve the diversity of nominees. The changes included giving voters 15 films to watch each before making their selection. Sara Putt, president of BAFTA, said in an interview that the inclusion of Oparah among the leading actress nominees showed that the changes were helping to highlight smaller films, but she added that there was “even more to to do” to increase diversity in cinema. industry.
This year’s BAFTA winners are expected to be announced on February 18 at a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London, hosted by David Tennant. The ceremony will be broadcast on BritBox in the United States.