Thursday, April 18, 2024

BAFTA, the British Film Academy, Snubs Steven Spielberg Again As Usual, Ignores “The Fabelmans” And It Doesn’t Matter


BAFTA, the British Film Academy, has never liked Steven Spielberg. He’s too American, too Jewish, too everything.

After all his classic movies, Spielberg has only been honored by BAFTA twice– for making “Schindler’s List” and directing “Saving Private Ryan.”

That’s right: he got no wins for “ET,” “Close Encounters,” “Amistad,” “Minority Report,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “Lincoln,” or “Munich.” Or any of the others. How ridiculous is that?

This year, BAFTA mostly snubbed Spielberg’s glorious “Fabelmans.” There’s nothing for the film, the director, the amazing Michelle Williams, or Judd Hirsch. They’ve all won a lot of awards already and will likely be Oscar nominees next week.

Not getting any BAFTA love does nothing to “The Fabelmans” for the Oscars. There is little overlap between the two groups. We like our lox on bagels. The Brits eat it on toast points– and call it gravlax.. That should tell you everything.

Academy voters, who love movies with heart and soul, will probably rally around “The Fabelmans” to show the British a thing or two. We did it in 1776, we can do it in 2023.

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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