Spotlight on the BAFTA 2024: A Deep Dive into the Nominations

by | Jan 18, 2024

"Explore the pinnacle of film artistry with the BAFTA 2024 nominations. From the narrative depth of 'Oppenheimer' to the visionary directors making their mark, our coverage delves into the films and faces defining this award season. Get insights into the trends and talents at the forefront of cinema in 2024."

 

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards hold a storied place in the realm of cinema, annually acknowledging the artistry and craftsmanship of filmmakers worldwide. As we approach the 2024 BAFTA Awards, the nominations list has unfurled a tapestry of storytelling brilliance and cinematic innovation. With an array of films from diverse genres and cultural backgrounds, the nominations not only reflect the evolving landscape of global cinema but also hint at a compelling race for the coveted BAFTA trophies.

This year’s lineup sees a thrilling mix of films, ranging from the profound narrative of “Oppenheimer” with its 13 nominations to the vivid and imaginative “Poor Things,” securing 11 nods. The nominations for films like “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “The Zone of Interest” underscore the BAFTA’s recognition of cinematic narratives that challenge, entertain, and inspire. Furthermore, the emergence of first-time nominees in various categories adds a layer of excitement and unpredictability to the proceedings.

As we delve into the nominations, let’s explore the themes, performances, and directorial visions that have shaped this year’s selection, shedding light on the intricacies and artistry that define the BAFTA 2024.

 

The Dominance of Oppenheimer

“Oppenheimer,” a film that delves into the complex life and legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb,” has garnered a staggering 13 nominations, indicating its profound impact on both audiences and critics alike. The film’s narrative intricacy, coupled with its technical prowess, has not only captivated viewers but also earned the admiration of the BAFTA jury.

The breadth of nominations for “Oppenheimer” spans various categories, highlighting the film’s excellence in aspects ranging from direction and screenplay to performances and technical contributions. This section will dissect the facets of the film that resonated most with the BAFTA jury, exploring the elements that make “Oppenheimer” a frontrunner in this year’s awards.

The Eclectic Mix of Nominations

The BAFTA 2024 nominations paint a picture of cinematic diversity, with films like “Poor Things” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” receiving critical acclaim across multiple categories. “Poor Things,” with its 11 nominations, showcases the BAFTA’s acknowledgment of storytelling that combines whimsy with profound thematic depth. Similarly, the nominations for “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “The Zone of Interest” underline the academy’s appreciation for narratives that delve into historical intricacies and human complexities.

In this section, we’ll explore the narrative strengths, thematic resonance, and artistic achievements of these films, shedding light on the qualities that have earned them a place among the BAFTA’s most lauded nominations.

Genre and Narrative Excellence

Films like “Anatomy of a Fall,” “The Holdovers,” and “Maestro” have captivated the BAFTA jury with their narrative excellence and genre-defining storytelling. With seven nominations each, these films underscore the BAFTA’s recognition of cinematic narratives that transcend conventional storytelling paradigms.

In this section, we’ll delve into the narrative intricacies and genre-specific attributes that have positioned these films as standout contenders in the BAFTA 2024 race. From the compelling character arcs in “Anatomy of a Fall” to the masterful direction in “The Holdovers” and “Maestro,” we’ll uncover the elements that resonate with both audiences and critics alike.

Cultural Phenomenons: Barbie & Saltburn

“Barbie” and “Saltburn” have emerged as cultural phenomena, capturing the imagination of audiences worldwide. With five nominations each, these films not only reflect the BAFTA’s pulse on popular culture but also its recognition of cinematic works that resonate with contemporary themes and narratives.

In this section, we’ll explore the global impact of “Barbie” and the trendsetting narrative of “Saltburn,” examining how these films have transcended the realm of cinema to become cultural touchstones. From the vibrant visual storytelling in “Barbie” to the nuanced narrative exploration in “Saltburn,” we’ll delve into the elements that make these films resonate with audiences and critics alike.

Other Remarkable Nominations

The BAFTA 2024 nominations also spotlight films that, while not leading the pack in terms of quantity, have made significant marks in their respective categories. Films like “Napoleon,” “How to Have Sex,” and “Past Lives,” with their four and three nominations respectively, showcase the BAFTA’s commitment to recognizing cinematic excellence across a spectrum of genres and storytelling approaches.

In this section, we’ll highlight the unique attributes and narrative strengths of these films, exploring the qualities that have earned them a place among the BAFTA’s nominations. From the historical depth of “Napoleon” to the contemporary relevance of “How to Have Sex” and the introspective narrative of “Past Lives,” we’ll uncover the diverse tapestry of storytelling represented in this year’s nominations.

The British Short Film Scene

The nominations for British short films at the BAFTA 2024 reflect the vibrant and dynamic landscape of short-form storytelling in the UK. With films like “Crab Day,” “Visible Mending,” and “Wild Summon” among the nominees, the BAFTA showcases its recognition of the creative and innovative spirit inherent in the British short film scene.

In this section, we’ll shed light on the nominated British shorts, exploring the narrative ingenuity, thematic depth, and artistic vision that define these works. From the whimsical storytelling of “Crab Day” to the poignant narrative of “Visible Mending” and the visual spectacle of “Wild Summon,” we’ll delve into the short films that are shaping the future of British cinema.

First-time Nominees Making a Mark

The 2024 BAFTA nominations have been particularly noteworthy for the inclusion of numerous first-time nominees, reflecting the BAFTA’s openness to new talent and fresh perspectives. Notable among these are Sandra Hüller, Cillian Murphy, and others, whose performances and contributions have resonated deeply with audiences and critics.

In this section, we’ll celebrate the achievements of these first-time nominees, examining the impact of their performances and contributions on the BAFTA landscape. From the nuanced portrayal by Sandra Hüller in “Anatomy of a Fall” and “The Zone of Interest” to the compelling performance by Cillian Murphy in “Oppenheimer,” we’ll explore how these newcomers have made their mark in the world of cinema.

The EE Rising Star Legacy

The EE Rising Star Award has become a significant milestone in the careers of emerging actors, with past winners like Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan, and Barry Keoghan going on to achieve great success in the industry. The BAFTA 2024 sees the nomination of six former EE Rising Stars, showcasing the lasting impact of this recognition on their careers.

In this section, we’ll trace the journey of these EE Rising Stars, examining how the award has shaped their paths in the industry and contributed to their growth as actors. From the early beginnings of Emily Blunt to the acclaimed performances of Barry Keoghan, we’ll delve into the stories of these stars and their enduring influence on the cinematic landscape.

Best Director: A Category of New Talents

The Best Director category at the BAFTA 2024 stands out for the inclusion of four first-time nominees, signaling a refreshing influx of new talent and perspectives in the realm of filmmaking. With directors like Jonathan Glazer, Andrew Haigh, Alexander Payne, and Justine Triet receiving nominations, the category highlights the BAFTA’s recognition of innovative and visionary directorial talent.

In this section, we’ll explore the directorial prowess and creative visions of these first-time nominees, examining the qualities that have distinguished them in a highly competitive field. From the unique storytelling approach of Jonathan Glazer in “The Zone of Interest” to the poignant narrative crafted by Justine Triet in “Anatomy of a Fall,” we’ll delve into the directorial excellence that defines this year’s Best Director category.

The BAFTA Breakthroughs: Directors to Watch

The BAFTA Breakthrough cohort represents the future of cinema, with directors like Raine Allen-Miller, Charlotte Regan, and Ella Glendining showcasing their talent and potential through their nominations. Their recognition in categories such as Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer underscores the BAFTA’s commitment to nurturing and spotlighting emerging talent in the industry.

In this section, we’ll highlight the achievements and promise of these breakthrough directors, exploring the narrative strengths, thematic depth, and directorial innovation that have earned them a place among the BAFTA’s esteemed nominations. From the vibrant storytelling of Raine Allen-Miller in “Rye Lane” to the compelling narrative crafted by Charlotte Regan in “Scrapper,” we’ll uncover the talents that are shaping the future of British cinema.

The BAFTA 2024 nominations offer a panoramic view of the cinematic excellence and diversity that define the current landscape of global cinema. From the narrative depth of “Oppenheimer” to the cultural impact of “Barbie” and the breakthrough talents making their mark, the nominations reflect the BAFTA’s commitment to celebrating storytelling in all its forms. As the anticipation for the award ceremony builds, the film industry and audiences alike await the outcome of what promises to be an exhilarating and transformative celebration of cinema.

As we celebrate the achievements and narratives that have captivated audiences and critics alike, the BAFTA 2024 stands as a testament to the enduring power and evolution of storytelling through the medium of film. The nominations not only acknowledge the artistry and craftsmanship of filmmakers but also inspire a future generation of storytellers to continue pushing the boundaries of cinematic expression.

 

BEST FILM

ANATOMY OF A FALL Marie-Ange Luciani, David Thion

THE HOLDOVERS Mark Johnson

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Dan Friedkin, Daniel Lupi, Martin Scorsese, Bradley Thomas

OPPENHEIMER Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas

POOR THINGS Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Lowe, Emma Stone


 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

ALL OF US STRANGERS Andrew Haigh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Sarah Harvey

HOW TO HAVE SEX Molly Manning Walker, Emily Leo, Ivana MacKinnon, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

NAPOLEON Ridley Scott, Mark Huffam, Kevin J. Walsh, David Scarpa

THE OLD OAK Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty

POOR THINGS Yorgos Lanthimos, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Emma Stone, Tony McNamara

RYE LANE Raine Allen-Miller, Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo, Damian Jones, Nathan Bryon, Tom Melia

SALTBURN Emerald Fennell, Josey McNamara, Margot Robbie

SCRAPPER Charlotte Regan, Theo Barrowclough

WONKA Paul King, Alexandra Derbyshire, David Heyman, Simon Farnaby

THE ZONE OF INTEREST Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Ewa Puszczyńska


 

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

BLUE BAG LIFE Lisa Selby (Director), Rebecca Lloyd-Evans (Director, Producer), Alex Fry (Producer)

BOBI WINE: THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT Christopher Sharp (Director) [also directed Moses Bwayo]

EARTH MAMA Savanah Leaf (Writer, Director, Producer), Shirley O’Connor (Producer), Medb Riordan (Producer)

HOW TO HAVE SEX Molly Manning Walker (Writer, Director)

IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? Ella Glendining (Director)


 

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL Mstyslav Chernov, Raney Aronson Rath

ANATOMY OF A FALL Justine Triet, Marie-Ange Luciani, David Thion

PAST LIVES Celine Song, David Hinojosa, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon

SOCIETY OF THE SNOW J.A. Bayona, Belen Atienza

THE ZONE OF INTEREST Jonathan Glazer, PGA


 

DOCUMENTARY

20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL Mstyslav Chernov, Raney Aronson Rath

AMERICAN SYMPHONY Matthew Heineman, Lauren Domino, Joedan Okun

BEYOND UTOPIA Madeleine Gavin, Rachel Cohen, Jana Edelbaum

STILL: A MICHAEL J. FOX MOVIE Davis Guggenheim, Jonathan King, Annetta Marion

WHAM! Chris Smith


 

ANIMATED FILM

THE BOY AND THE HERON Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki

CHICKEN RUN: DAWN OF THE NUGGET Sam Fell, Leyla Hobart, Steve Pegram

ELEMENTAL Peter Sohn, Denise Ream

SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson, Avi Arad, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg


 

DIRECTOR

ALL OF US STRANGERS Andrew Haigh

ANATOMY OF A FALL Justine Triet

THE HOLDOVERS Alexander Payne

MAESTRO Bradley Cooper

OPPENHEIMER Christopher Nolan

THE ZONE OF INTEREST Jonathan Glazer


 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

ANATOMY OF A FALL Justine Triet, Arthur Harari

BARBIE Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach

THE HOLDOVERS David Hemingson

MAESTRO Bradley Cooper, Josh Singer

PAST LIVES Celine Song


 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

ALL OF US STRANGERS Andrew Haigh

AMERICAN FICTION Cord Jefferson

OPPENHEIMER Christopher Nolan

POOR THINGS Tony McNamara

THE ZONE OF INTEREST Jonathan Glazer


 

LEADING ACTRESS

FANTASIA BARRINO The Color Purple

SANDRA HÜLLER Anatomy of a Fall

CAREY MULLIGAN Maestro

VIVIAN OPARAH Rye Lane

MARGOT ROBBIE Barbie

EMMA STONE Poor Things


 

LEADING ACTOR

BRADLEY COOPER Maestro

COLMAN DOMINGO Rustin

PAUL GIAMATTI The Holdovers

BARRY KEOGHAN Saltburn

CILLIAN MURPHY Oppenheimer

TEO YOO Past Lives


 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

EMILY BLUNT Oppenheimer

DANIELLE BROOKS The Color Purple

CLAIRE FOY All of Us Strangers

SANDRA HÜLLER The Zone of Interest

ROSAMUND PIKE Saltburn

DA’VINE JOY RANDOLPH The Holdovers


 

SUPPORTING ACTOR

ROBERT DE NIRO Killers of The Flower Moon

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. Oppenheimer

JACOB ELORDI Saltburn

RYAN GOSLING Barbie

PAUL MESCAL All of Us Strangers

DOMINIC SESSA The Holdovers


 

ORIGINAL SCORE

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Robbie Robertson

OPPENHEIMER Ludwig Göransson

POOR THINGS Jerskin Fendrix

SALTBURN Anthony Willis

SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE Daniel Pemberton


 

CASTING

ALL OF US STRANGERS Kahleen Crawford

ANATOMY OF A FALL Cynthia Arra

THE HOLDOVERS Susan Shopmaker

HOW TO HAVE SEX Isabella Odoffin

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Ellen Lewis, Rene Haynes


 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Rodrigo Prieto

MAESTRO Matthew Libatique

OPPENHEIMER Hoyte van Hoytema

POOR THINGS Robbie Ryan

THE ZONE OF INTEREST Łukasz Żal


 

EDITING

ANATOMY OF A FALL Laurent Sénéchal

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Thelma Schoonmaker

OPPENHEIMER Jennifer Lame

POOR THINGS Yorgos Mavropsaridis

THE ZONE OF INTEREST Paul Watts


 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

BARBIE Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Jack Fisk, Adam Willis

OPPENHEIMER Ruth De Jong, Claire Kaufman

POOR THINGS Shona Heath, James Price, Zsuzsa Mihalek

THE ZONE OF INTEREST Chris Oddy, Joanna Maria Kuś, Katarzyna Sikora


 

COSTUME DESIGN

BARBIE Jacqueline Durran

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Jacqueline West

NAPOLEON Dave Crossman, Janty Yates

OPPENHEIMER Ellen Mirojnick

POOR THINGS Holly Waddington


 

MAKE UP & HAIR

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON Kay Georgiou, Thomas Nellen

MAESTRO Sian Grigg, Kay Georgiou, Kazu Hiro, Lori McCoy-Bell

NAPOLEON Jana Carboni, Francesco Pegoretti, Satinder Chumber, Julia Vernon

OPPENHEIMER Luisa Abel, Jaime Leigh McIntosh, Jason Hamer, Ahou Mofid

POOR THINGS Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier, Josh Weston


 

SOUND

FERRARI Angelo Bonanni, Tony Lamberti, Andy Nelson, Lee Orloff, Bernard Weiser

MAESTRO Richard King, Steve Morrow, Tom Ozanich, Jason Ruder, Dean Zupancic

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART ONE Chris Burdon, James H. Mather, Chris Munro, Mark Taylor

OPPENHEIMER Willie Burton, Richard King, Kevin O’Connell, Gary A. Rizzo

THE ZONE OF INTEREST Johnnie Burn, Tarn Willers


 

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

THE CREATOR Jonathan Bullock, Charmaine Chan, Ian Comley, Jay Cooper

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 Theo Bialek, Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART ONE Neil Corbould, Simone Coco, Jeff Sutherland, Alex Wuttke

NAPOLEON Henry Badgett, Neil Corbould, Charley Henley, Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet

POOR THINGS Simon Hughes


 

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

CRAB DAY Ross Stringer, Bartosz Stanislawek, Aleksandra Sykulak

VISIBLE MENDING Samantha Moore, Tilley Bancroft

WILD SUMMON Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Jay Woolley


 

BRITISH SHORT FILM

FESTIVAL OF SLAPS Abdou Cissé, Cheri Darbon, George Telfer

GORKA Joe Weiland, Alex Jefferson

JELLYFISH AND LOBSTER Yasmin Afifi, Elizabeth Rufai

SUCH A LOVELY DAY Simon Woods, Polly Stokes, Emma Norton, Kate Phibbs

YELLOW Elham Ehsas, Dina Mousawi, Azeem Bhati, Yiannis Manolopoulos


 

EE RISING STAR AWARD

PHOEBE DYNEVOR

AYO EDEBIRI

JACOB ELORDI

MIA MCKENNA-BRUCE

SOPHIE WILDE

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1- How many films received nominations for the BAFTA 2024?

A total of 36 feature films received nominations for the BAFTA 2024. The nominations span a diverse range of genres and styles, showcasing the depth and variety of cinematic talent this year.

2- Which film received the most nominations for the BAFTA 2024?

“Oppenheimer” received the most nominations for the BAFTA 2024, with a total of 13 nominations. This includes various categories, reflecting the film’s broad appeal and recognition across different aspects of filmmaking.

3- What significance do the BAFTA nominations hold for the film industry?

BAFTA nominations are highly prestigious and are considered a significant acknowledgment of excellence in the film industry. They highlight outstanding achievements in filmmaking, acting, directing, and other aspects of film production. Being nominated or winning a BAFTA can greatly enhance the visibility of a film or individual within the industry, potentially leading to more opportunities and recognition in the future.

4- How does the BAFTA recognize emerging talent in the film industry?

The BAFTA recognizes emerging talent through several initiatives, including the EE Rising Star Award and the BAFTA Breakthrough program. These platforms are dedicated to identifying and supporting the next generation of talent, providing them with recognition, mentorship, and opportunities to further their careers in the film industry.

5- Can you highlight the achievements of first-time nominees at the BAFTA 2024?

Eleven out of 23 nominees in the performance categories are receiving their first BAFTA Film nomination at the BAFTA 2024. This includes notable performances from Sandra Hüller (Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest), Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer), and several others. Their nominations underscore the BAFTA’s commitment to recognizing both established and emerging talent in the film industry.

6- What impact do the BAFTA nominations have on the careers of nominated actors and directors?

BAFTA nominations can have a significant impact on the careers of nominated actors and directors. These nominations not only provide immediate recognition and prestige but also often lead to increased visibility, more career opportunities, and greater credibility within the industry. For many, a BAFTA nomination or win is a turning point that can open doors to new projects and collaborations.

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