Monday, June 24, 2024

UPDATING BAFTA Winners Point to Possible Oscars: “Nomadland,” Director Chloe Zhao, Frances McDormand & Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Yuh-Jung Youn


BAFTA, the British Academy, is handing out their awards now live in London. The show won’t air in the US until 9pm on the BBC. Who cares? The whole thing is being done on social media, so why watch at 9? It’s a big mistake, they are decades behind in understanding this.

Anyway, the winners are going along the lines of prior winners of prizes. UPDATING

Neither Anthony Hopkins nor Frances McDormand bothered to show up for the BAFTAs even on video. Really. Deserving as they are, I don’t think they will win Oscars. SAG voted for Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, who will have the edge. But “Nomadland” will certainly win Best Picture now.

BEST PICTURE: “Nomadland”
BEST ACTOR Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”
BEST ACTRESS Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari”

BEST DIRECTOR Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”

“Nomadland” won Best Cinematography.

“My Octopus Teacher” won Best Documentary, which is very nice. But I implore Academy voters to vote for “Time,” from Amazon Studios, the actual best documentary.

Pixar’s “Soul” is Best Animated Feature and won Best Score.

“Promising Young Woman” Best British Film and Best Original Screenplay.
“The Father” won Best Adapted Screenplay.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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