Film Review: BAFTA Nominations 2020

Awards season is officially upon us and with it, opinions and diversity debates are at an all-time high. This morning, the British Academy Film Awards announced their 2020 nominations, with the ceremony to be on February 2nd. With Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019) leading the way with 11 nominations, here are the full BAFTA nominations for 2020...

Best Film

  • 1917 (Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren)
  • The Irishman (Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff) 
  • Joker (Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff)
  • Once Upon A Hollywood (David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino)
  • Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, Kwak Sin-ae)

Outstanding British Film 
  • 1917 (Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns)
  • Bait (Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite)
  • For Sama (Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts)
  • Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Lee Hall)
  • Sorry We Missed You (Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty)
  • The Two Popes (Fernando Meirelles, Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin, Tracey Seaward, Anthony McCarten)

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer 
  • Bait (Mark Jenkin - Writer/Director, Kate Byers, Linn Waite - Producers)
  • For Sama (Waad al-Kateab - Director/Producer), Edward Watts -Director)
  • Maiden (Alex Holmes - Director)
  • Only You (Harry Wootliff -Writer/Director)
  • Retablo (Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio - Writer/Director & Héctor Gálvez - Writer) 
Only You (Harry Wootliff, 2019)
Film Not in the English Language
  • The Farewell (Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia)
  • For Sama (Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts)
  • Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar)
  • Parasite (Bong Joon-ho) 
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur)
  • American Factory (Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert)
  • APOLLO 11 Todd Douglas Miller
  • Diego Maradona (Asif Kapadia)
  • For Sama (Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts)
  • The Great Hack (Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim)

Animated Film

  • Frozen 2 (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
  • Klaus (Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh)
  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmagedon (Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley)
  • Toy Story 4 (Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen)
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019)

  • 1917 - Sam Mendes
  • The Irishman - Martin Scorsese
  • Joker - Todd Phillips
  • Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino
  • Parasite - Bong Joon-ho

Original Screenplay

  • Booksmart (Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman)
  • Knives Out (Rian Johnson)
  • Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach)
  • Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
  • Parasite (Bong Joon-ho) 

Adapted Screenplay

  • The Irishman (Steven Zaillian)
  • Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)
  • Joker (Todd Phillips)
  • Little Women (Greta Gerwig) 
  • The Two Popes (Anthony McCarte)
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019)

Leading Actress

  • Jessie Buckley - Wild Rose
  • Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
  • Charlize Theron - Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger - Judy

Leading Actor

  • Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood
  • Adam Driver - Marriage Story
  • Taron Egerton - Rocketman
  • Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes

Supporting Actress

  • Laura Dern - Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh - Little Women
  • Margot Robbie - Bombshell
  • Margot Robbie - Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood
The Two Popes (Anthony McCarte, 2019)

Supporting Actor

  • Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino - The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci - The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood

Original Score

  • 1917 (Thomas Newman)
  • Jojo Rabbit (Michael Giacchino)
  • Joker (Hildur Guđnadóttir)
  • Little Women (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (John Williams)


  • Joker (Shayna Markowitz)
  • Marriage Story (Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler)
  • Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood (Victoria Thomas)
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (Sarah Crowe)
  • The Two Popes (Nina Gold)
Joker (Todd Phillips, 2019)


  • 1917 (Roger Deakins)
  • The Irishman (Rodrigo Prieto)
  • Joker (Lawrence Sher)
  • Le Mans ’66 (Phedon Papamichael)
  • The Lighthouse (Jarin Blaschke)


  • The Irishman (Thelma Schoonmaker)
  • Jojo Rabbit (Tom Eagles)
  • Joker (Jeff Groth)
  • Le Mans ’66 (Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker)
  • Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood (Fred Raskin) 

Production Design

  • 1917 (Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales)
  • The Irishman (Bob Shaw, Regina Graves)
  • Jojo Rabbit (Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková)
  • Joker (Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran)
  • Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood (Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh)
Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, 2019)

Costume Design

  • The Irishman (Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell)
  • Jojo Rabbit (Mayes C. Rubeo)
  • Judy (Jany Temime)
  • Little Women (Jacqueline Durran)
  • Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood (Arianne Phillips)

Make Up & Hair

  • 1917 (Naomi Donne) 
  • Bombshell (Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan)
  • Joker (Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann)
  • Judy (Jeremy Woodhead)
  • Rocketman (Lizzie Yianni Georgiou)


  • 1917 (Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson)
  • Joker (Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic)
  • Le Mans ’66 (David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester) 
  • Rocketman (Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood)
1917 (Sam Mendes, 2019)

Special Visual Effects

  • 1917 (Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy)
  • Avengers: Endgame (Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick)
  • The Irishman (Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman)
  • The Lion King (Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy)

British Short Animation

  • Grandad Was A Romantic (Maryam Mohajer)
  • In Her Boots (Kathrin Steinbacher)
  • The Magic Boat (Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel)

British Short Film

  • Azaar (Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring)
  • Goldfish (Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill)
  • Kamali (Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad)
  • Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If You're a Girl) (Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva)
  • The Trap (Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald)
The Farewell (Lulu Wang, 2019)
EE Rising Star Award
  • Awkwafina 
  • Kaitlyn Dever
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr. 
  • Jack Lowden
  • Michael Ward

So to summarise then, that's a total of 39 feature films received nominations for this year's BAFTAs. Naturally there are some opinions surrounding a lack of female nominees, particularly around Greta Gerwig who should be a sure contender for Little Women; as well as Lulu Wang for The Farewell. It is fantastic, however, to see Jessie Buckley nominated for Wild Rose, as well as Awkwafina in the Rising Star category. Gender and diversity debates side, some highlights include: 

11 nominations for Joker
10 nominations for The Irishman and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Nine nominations for 1917
Six nominations for Jojo Rabbit
Five nominations for Little Women, Marriage Story and The Two Popes
Four nominations for For Sama, Parasite and Rocketman
Three nominations for Bombshell, Judy, Le Mans ’66 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Two nominations for Bait

It's also worth mentioning that the BAFTA website has a disclaimer, stating that they have the right to make amends to any of the nominees so that could be interesting. 

Well, that's it for my latest film update. The BAFTAs are usually a good indication of Oscar nominations and wins so I'm keen to see who takes home the gold. I can't wait to tick as many of these nominations off my viewing list so I can make my own fair assessments also. But tell me, who are you rooting for this awards season? What were some of your favourites from the list of nominees, or even who didn't make the cut? As always, I love reading your comments so please do share your thoughts with me below. If you haven't already, you can also check out my most anticipated films of 2020 here

Until next time film fans, 


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