Bafta nominations 2019: 'The Favourite', 'Roma' and 'A Star is Born' dominate awards shortlist

The British Academy Film Awards is considered a tentative indicator of what to expect from the Academy Awards

Roisin O'Connor@Roisin_OConnor
Wednesday 09 January 2019 11:10
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The Favourite has emerged as one of the strongest contenders at this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards ceremony, after the nominations were announced on Wednesday.

After her Golden Globes win for best actress in a musical or comedy motion picture, Olivia Colman looks very likely to succeed in the Leading Actress category at the British ceremony, also known as the British Academy Film Awards. She is up against Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Viola Davis.

The Favourite dominated the nominations with a total of 12, while A Star is Born, Roma and Bohemian Rhapsody all followed with seven nods.

A Star is Born, The Favourite and Roma are the three films that look set to battle it out at this year’s Oscars ceremony, after Bohemian Rhapsody was snubbed for a Best Film nod at the Bafta nominations.

The British Academy Film Awards is considered as a tentative indicator of what to expect from the Academy Awards, which take place on 25 February.

Bohemian Rhapsodythe Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek – was a controversial winner at the Golden Globes earlier this week, taking home awards for best actor (Malek) and best film. However, it was omitted from the Bafta nominations in favour of Roma, The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman, Green Book and A Star is Born.

Malek, however, has received another nod for Leading Actor, as have Christian Bale, Steve Coogan, Viggo Mortensen and Bradley Cooper.

British talent is recognised via the likes of Colman, Coogan and Bale, plus Claire Foy and Rachel Weisz, who are both up for Supporting Actress along with Weisz’s The Favourite co-star Emma Stone, Amy Adams and Margot Robbie.

The Baftas ceremony takes place on 10 February at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with Joanna Lumley returning to host after taking over from Stephen Fry last year.

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