The biggest snubs and surprises from the Bafta 2020 nominations

The biggest snubs and surprises from the Bafta 2020 nominations

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For any copyright, please send me a message.  After Sunday night’s Golden Globes, awards season is officially in full flow and on Tuesday (January 7) morning, the Bafta nominations were revealed ahead of February’s ceremony.  The British film organisation’s selections have already prompted plenty of discussion, much of which has centred upon the lack of diversity thanks to an all-white slate of acting nominations and a lack of female talent in the best director category.  Here are some of the biggest omissions and surprise nominations ahead of the big night…  SNUB: Greta Gerwig for Best Director (Little Women)  Gerwig’s omission from the Best Director field has already generated plenty of headlines, coming off the back of a similar snub by the Golden Globes (who also failed to nominate a single female director).  There’s an element of history repeating itself here: Bafta didn’t recognise Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, for this category back in 2018 either, but did give her a screenplay nod and nominated Saoirse Ronan for Best Actress (which is almost exactly what has happened for 2020, with Gerwig’s screenplay nomination shifting from Best Original to Best Adapted).  After the nominations announcement, deputy chairman Krishnendu Majumdar described the lack of female directing nominees as “an industry-wide problem” and said that BAFTA is “fiercely doing something about it.”  SURPRISE: Jessie Buckley for Best Actress (Wild Rose)  Buckley’s nomination may be a surprise, but it’s certainly a pleasant one. The actress, who was on Bafta’s Rising Star shortlist last year, received critical acclaim for her turn as an aspiring folk singer from Glasgow upon Wild Rose’s release in 2019.  Great performances in smaller-scale indie films don’t always earn the recognition they deserve from awards bodies like Bafta, though, so it’s great to see Buckley get a shout out in a category that otherwise feels a little like it’s trying to second-guess the Oscar nominations before they’re revealed later this month.  SNUB: Jennifer Lopez for Best Supporting Actress (Hustlers)  This was meant to be J.Lo’s awards season, after she stole the show in Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers as pole dancer Ramona (that shot of her sitting on the roof wearing a fur coat should surely be eligible for Best Picture alone).  However, it seems that the initial awards buzz for the star has failed to gain traction: Lopez lost out to Laura Dern in the Golden Globes’ Best Supporting Actress category, and has now failed to pick up a nomination from Bafta. It will be interesting to see whether this affects her chances of earning that Oscar nod.  SURPRISE: Margot Robbie for Best Supporting Actress (Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood)  Robbie i

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