Ten 2019 BAFTA Nominees to Watch Out For
With awards season is in high gear, it can be hard to keep track of all the nominees. To help you get ready for the EE British Academy Film Awards coming up on February 10 only on Hollywood Suite, here are ten films to watch out for at the BAFTAs:
- Beast. Fans of British crime series will enjoy this Outstanding British Film nominee following a young woman who is torn between her oppressive family and her attraction to a drifter accused of a series of local murders in their small community. The twisting thriller also earned a Best Debut nomination and an EE Rising Star nod for fascinating lead Jessie Buckley.
- Marfa. The Brothers McLeod’s British Animated Short nominee explores the world of Marfa, Texas through a series of anecdotes and poetic mapping paired with beautifully drawn images to give a snapshot just as unique as the town itself.
- Apostasy. Outstanding Debut by a British Writer/Director nominee Daniel Kokotajlo brings this story of a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses whose faith is tested under a series of increasingly intense circumstances. Kokotajlo draws on his own experience as a Jehovah’s Witness to tell the tale of the unique slice of society.
- McQueen. Co-directorscrossed over from the Best Documentary category to also be recognized for Best British Film with this look at the life of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The film not only explores his eccentric and provocative designs but seeks to understand the man behind them and his untimely death.
- You Were Never Really Here. Scottish director Lynne Ramsay is nominated for Outstanding British Film for this precise thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix. The dark story traces the mental toll violence has taken on a contract hitman who has dedicated his life to saving children from predators when his latest job spins out of control.
- 73 Cows. This Best British Short film nominee documents the life of a vegan cattle farmer Jay Wilde who found himself feeling empathy for his cows but was trapped in a system where he had to slaughter them.
- A Cambodian Spring. This Outstanding Debut nominee from Chris Kelly documents three protesters in Cambodia struggling to save their neighbourhood from corporate demolition. Particular interest comes from a protesting Buddhist monk who finds himself exiled from his religious community for the choices he has made politically.
- BlacKKKlansman. Spike Lee earned five nominations for his unique take on the story of Ron Stallworth, a Black police officer who infiltrated the KKK. This represents an interesting moment in BAFTA history as Lee has never been nominated for a competitive BAFTA before, only taking home a special trophy in 2002.
- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The Coen Brothers' latest release flew under the radar of many when it was released on Netflix’s streaming platform, but it got a nod for Best Costume Design from BAFTA. Originally a TV series pitch, this film is an anthology of twisted takes on the American West, featuring many stars from the Coens' stable of actors.
- Roma. Netflix’s big play this awards season is Alfonso Cuarón’s moving tribute to the housekeeper who raised him and his mother. Roma is a rare foreign language nominee for Best Film, and is likely to also get plenty of attention from the American Academy.