73rd British Academy Film Awards

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73rd British Academy Film Awards
Date2 February 2020
SiteRoyal Albert Hall, London
Hosted byGraham Norton
Best Film1917
Best British Film1917
Best ActorJoaquin Phoenix
Best ActressRenée Zellweger
Most awards1917 (7)
Most nominationsJoker (11)

The 73rd British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFAs (or BAFTAs), were held on 2 February 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2019. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2019.

The nominees were announced on 7 January 2020.[1] The psychological thriller Joker received the most nominations in eleven categories; The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood followed with ten each.[2] The ceremony also marked the introduction of the BAFTA Award for Best Casting;[3] Shayna Markowitz won for Joker.

The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton (who also hosts the BAFTA TV Awards), replacing Joanna Lumley following her two years of service as host.[4]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Sam Mendes, Best Film co-winner, Best Director winner and Outstanding British Film co-winner
Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actor winner
Renée Zellweger, Best Actress winner
Brad Pitt, Best Supporting Actor winner
Laura Dern, Best Supporting Actress winner
Bong Joon-ho, Best Original Screenplay co-winner and Best Film Not in the English Language winner
Taika Waititi, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Roger Deakins, Best Cinematography winner
Waad Al-Kateab, Best Documentary co-winner
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Best Original Music winner
Rachael Tate, Best Sound co-winner
Micheal Ward, EE Rising Star Award winner

The nominees were announced on 7 January 2020.[1] The winners were announced on 2 February 2020.[5]

BAFTA Fellowship[edit]

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema[edit]

1917Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes and Jayne-Ann Tenggren

Sam Mendes1917

Joaquin PhoenixJoker as Arthur Fleck / Joker

Renée ZellwegerJudy as Judy Garland

Brad PittOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood as Cliff Booth

Laura DernMarriage Story as Nora Fanshaw

ParasiteHan Jin-won and Bong Joon-ho

Jojo RabbitTaika Waititi

Joker – Shayna Markowitz

1917Roger Deakins

Little WomenJacqueline Durran

Ford v Ferrari – Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker

Bombshell – Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro and Anne Morgan

JokerHildur Guðnadóttir

1917Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales

1917Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson

1917Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron and Dominic Tuohy

KlausSergio Pablos and Jinko Gotoh

For SamaWaad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts

ParasiteBong Joon-ho

Grandad Was a Romantic – Maryam Mohajer

  • In Her Boots – Kathrin Steinbacher
  • The Magic Boat – Naaman Azhari and Lilia Laurel

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva

  • Azaar – Myriam Raja and Nathanael Baring
  • Goldfish – Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull and Laura Dockrill
  • Kamali – Sasha Rainbow and Rosalind Croad
  • The TrapLena Headey and Anthony Fitzgerald

1917Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

BaitMark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers and Linn Waite (Producer)

Micheal Ward


Films that received multiple nominations
Nominations Film
11 Joker
10 The Irishman
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
9 1917
6 Jojo Rabbit
5 Little Women
Marriage Story
The Two Popes
4 For Sama
3 Bombshell
Ford v Ferrari
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
2 Bait
Films that received multiple awards
Awards Film
7 1917
3 Joker
2 Parasite

Ceremony information[edit]

The ceremony took place in the Royal Albert Hall and was hosted by Irish television comedian Graham Norton,[4] who had previously hosted the 2019 British Academy Television Awards. Viewing ratings for the ceremony fell to a twelve-year low, peaking at 3.5 million, though being the most-viewed show in the UK after 22:00.[8] The ratings drop may be a result of the broadcast delay, with many live news outlets publishing the results before they were televised and revealed on television.[8]

Discussions about the lack of diversity within the award nominations surrounded the ceremony, with the host referring to it as "the year when white men finally broke through". He also described eleven-time nominee Joker as "essentially the story of a white man who makes himself even whiter".[9][10] Best Director presenter (a category of all-male nominees) Rebel Wilson joked about the absence of females in the category, quipping "Honestly, I just don't have the balls".[11] Best Actor in a Leading Role winner Joaquin Phoenix used his speech to comment on the "systemic racism" of the BAFTAs and acting industry in general.[12] Speaking ahead of the ceremony, BAFTA chairwoman Pippa Harris addressed her frustration in the lack of recognition for female directors, as well as the issues around diversity as a whole.[8] In his closing speech to the ceremony, BAFTA president Prince William had prepared a speech discussing the issue, saying that "a wide-ranging review of the whole awards process" was underway and that lack of diversity "simply cannot be right in this day and age".[13]

1917 was the night's biggest winner, winning seven prizes in total of its nine nominations, including Best Film and Best Director (Sam Mendes),[5] despite not having any acting nominees and thus becoming a favourite for the then upcoming 92nd Academy Awards; it lost to Parasite.[8] Mendes became the first British winner to win Best Director in eleven years.[8] Since votes for the Academy Awards must be registered two days after the BAFTA Awards, Screen Daily noted that 1917 would be a safe choice for Academy members, who are averse to streaming films based on 1917's marketing as a "must-see on the big screen".[8] This compares to the Netflix film The Irishman being the night's biggest loser, taking no awards despite ten nominations; Netflix productions in total received twenty-three nominations, winning only two: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Laura Dern (Marriage Story) and Best Animated Film (Klaus).[8] Screen Daily also suggested that there is anecdotal evidence of Netflix not supporting its nominees as much as it did last year for Roma (2018).[8] The writers of Screen Daily additionally suggested that there was some controversy surrounding the British identity of some films nominated for Outstanding British Film; 1917 is financed by the US, and Retablo is a Peruvian film co-produced with Norway and Germany, whose Peruvian director—Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio—only lives in London.[8] The ceremony also marked the first year since the 30th British Academy Film Awards (1977) in which there were no British acting winners.[8]

Wins marking diversity were Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Bait, a film described by its writer-director as "a black and white, 16-millimetre, hand-processed, post-synced film in Academy ratio about Cornish fishing people";[8] Best Documentary for For Sama, a personal story of bombings at a Syrian hospital made by the family involved, with them using their speech to "implore the UK not to ignore the ongoing plight of the people of the Syrian city of Idlib";[8] and the Rising Star Award for Micheal Ward, star of Rapman's Blue Story (which received no nominations), who used his speech to say that he "feels like we're going in the right direction" in terms of diversity.[8]

Best Actress in a Leading Role winner Renée Zellweger noted in the press room that she felt like part of "the British gang";[14] after accepting her award, Hugh Grant had taken to the stage to present, quipping "well done Jones" as Zellweger left, a reference to their roles in the British film Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).[15] Later in the press room, the young Sama Al-Kateab, who had been held by her parents on stage while accepting Best Documentary, was allowed to roam and took to running the length of the stage and playing with microphones.[14] With his fifth win for Best Cinematography for 1917, Roger Deakins becomes the most-decorated BAFTA winner in the category. Collecting his BAFTA, he said: "I think it was George Orwell that said all films are special but some films are more special than others, and for me this was a really special film". The recent Brexit was also mentioned, appearing in Brad Pitt's acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Supporting Role delivered by co-star Margot Robbie; Pitt's speech also noted that he would name his award "Harry" because he's going to take it to the United States.[16]

In Memoriam[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bafta film awards 2020: Joker leads nominations amid diversity row". BBC News. 8 January 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  3. ^ Ritman, Alex (7 August 2019). "BAFTA Adding Casting Category to 2020 Film, TV Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
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  5. ^ a b "Baftas 2020: Sam Mendes film 1917 dominates awards". BBC News. 2 February 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Kathleen Kennedy to receive BAFTA Fellowship". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
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  10. ^ Edwards, Chris (2 February 2020). "Graham Norton mocks Joker, The Irishman, Cats and himself in opening BAFTA monologue". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Rebel Wilson's Baftas speech praised for 'single-handedly breathing life' into awards". The Guardian. 2 February 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  12. ^ Shoard, Catherine (2 February 2020). "Joaquin Phoenix's attack on Baftas for 'systemic racism' hailed by film industry". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  13. ^ Rose, Steve (3 February 2020). "Prince William's ticking off means Bafta must get serious about diversity". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  14. ^ a b Bushby, Helen (3 February 2020). "Bafta Film Awards 2020: 10 things we learned at the ceremony". BBC News. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  15. ^ de Casparis, Lena (3 February 2020). "Renée Zellweger And Hugh Grant Had The Most Adorable 'Bridget Jones' Reunion At The BAFTAs". Elle. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  16. ^ Arsenault, Bridget (3 February 2020). "Brad Pitt's "Megxit" Joke Got an Awkward Laugh From Prince William at the BAFTAs". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 3 February 2020.

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