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 was 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.[2][3] A new award category was introduced, Best Casting.[4] 1917 won the most awards — seven — including Best Film, Best British Film and Best Director.[5]

The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton.[6]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Sam Mendes, winner for Best Film and Best Director
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, winner for Best Film Not in the English Language and co-winner for Best Original Screenplay
Taika Waititi, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Best Original Score winner

The nominees were announced on 7 January 2020, and the winners on 2 February 2020.[1][7][8]

BAFTA Fellowship[edit]

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema[edit]

Best Film Best Director
Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Outstanding British Film Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Best Cinematography Best Editing
Best Costume Design Best Production Design
Best Makeup and Hair Best Original Score
Best Sound Best Special Visual Effects
Best Film Not in the English Language Best Documentary
Best Animated Film Best British Short Animation
  • Grandad Was a Romantic. – Maryam Mohajer
    • In Her Boots – Kathrin Steinbacher
    • The Magic Boat – Naaman Azhari and Lilia Laurel
Best British Short Film Best Casting
EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

Films with multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Films that received multiple awards
Wins Film
7 1917
3 Joker
2 Parasite


The ceremony took place in the Royal Albert Hall and was hosted by Irish chat show host Graham Norton, who had previously hosted the Television Awards.[11] 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. The ratings drop may be a result of the broadcast delay, with many live news outlets publishing the results before the they are revealed on television.[12]

With his fifth win for Best Cinematography for 1917, Roger Deakins becomes the most highly-decorated person in that category.[13] Andy Serkis, the recipient of the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award, was injured in a skiing accident on New Year's Day, but still attended the awards, collecting his award on crutches.[14]

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",[15] and Best Director award presenter (a category of all-male nominees) Rebel Wilson humorously saying that she "didn’t have the balls" to do what the nominees did.[12] Best Actor winner Joaquin Phoenix used his awards speech to comment on the "systemic racism" of the BAFTAs and acting industry in general;[16] the host had previously described Phoenix' film as "the story of a white man who makes himself even whiter".[14] However, the chair of BAFTA, Pippa Harris, opened the ceremony by expressing her frustration in the lack of diversity, and, 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".[12][17]

The recent Brexit was also mentioned, appearing in Brad Pitt's acceptance speech delivered by co-star Margot Robbie; Pitt's speech also noted that he would name his BAFTA mask "Harry" because he's going to take it to the US.[13]

Screen Daily wrote that after the ceremony, held two days before Academy Awards votes must be registered, Mendes' 1917 became a favourite for multiple wins at Oscars, having taken seven BAFTA awards of its nine nominations. They also noted that it would be a safe choice for Academy members who are averse to films for streaming, based on its marketing as a "must-see on the big screen".[12] 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 23 nominations, winning in two (Best Supporting Actress and Best Animated Film). Screen Daily suggests there is anecdotal evidence of Netflix not supporting its awards nominees as much as it did Roma.[12]

Some "unexpected" wins of the night include Netflix' Klaus as Best Animated Film, but also those marking diversity: Best British Debut 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"; 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"; 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.[12]

The writers of Screen Daily also suggest there was some controversy surrounding the British identity of some films nominated in the 'British film' categories; 1917 was financed by the US, and Retablo is a Peruvian film co-produced with Norway and Germany whose Peruvian director only lives in London.[12] This ceremony marked the first year since 1977 in which there were no British acting winners. The Best Film winner also did not having any acting nominees, seen as unusual.[12] Mendes became the first British winner of Best Director for eleven years.[13]

American actress Renée Zellweger did note in the press room that she felt like part of "the British gang"; after accepting her Best Actress award, Hugh Grant had taken to the stage to present, quipping "well done Jones" as Zellweger left, a reference to their parts in the British film Bridget Jones's Diary.[14] Later in the press room, the young Sama Al-Kateab, who had been held by her parents on stage while accepting their Best Documentary award, was allowed to roam and took to running the length of the stage and playing with microphones.[14]


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