It’s finally here! Tomorrow night is the BAFTAs, the only movie awards show I actually get to watch live. In true movie blogger fashion, I’m here with my predictions for the night, and in true Often Off Topic fashion, I’m here to get most categories terribly wrong. It might be an usual year what with, you know, the never-ending worldwide pandemic – but you’ll still find me on Sunday night in my living room with my blanket and slippers, confusing my husband with my prediction rants.
In the past I’ve tried to wear only my critic hat, I’ve also tried to guess with my heart. The best method seems to be to go with a mixture of both, so let’s give it a go and hop into the predictions, shall we?
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Only the first category and I’m already stuck. Nomadland is the clear front runner in most other awards but BAFTA are so well known for going against the grain. It wouldn’t be my first choice, I would prefer PYW or TTotC7, but I think Nomadland will win.
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
CALM WITH HORSES
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Some wild choices in here, right? BAFTA seem to be all over The Mauritanian but I don’t rate it. I’m really hoping for a Promising Young Woman win here, but I would be happy with The Father too.
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes (Writer/Director)
LIMBO Ben Sharrock (Writer/Director), Irune Gurtubai (Producer) [also produced by Angus Lamont]
MOFFIE Jack Sidey (Writer/Producer) [also written by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Eric Abraham]
ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (Writers)
SAINT MAUD Rose Glass (Writer/Director), Oliver Kassman (Producer) [also produced by Andrea Cornwell]
Oh boy. I’ve seen 1 movie from this list (Saint Maud) and I didn’t like it at the time, I was missold by the marketing and was left confused, although it’s grown on me since. From online chatter I’m going with Rocks as the winner, but it would be awesome for a horror to win in a major awards ceremony.
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
QUO VADIS, AIDA?
I can’t believe Minari is here but not in Best Film. It feels like an obvious winner, but there’s a lot of love for Another Round and I’ve great things about Quo Vadis, Aida? too. Argh! My head and my heart are fighting but I’m going with Another Round.
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA
The Social Dilemma was interesting but didn’t feel award-worthy to me. I haven’t seen any others but I’ve heard of them. Us Brits adore David Attenborough but my gut says Collective will win.
Come on BAFTA, you got this one right last year with Klaus and I fully believe you can do it again. Wolfwalkers!
ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg
BABYTEETH Shannon Murphy
MINARI Lee Isaac Chung
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić
ROCKS Sarah Gavron
This is a wild bunch for sure, isn’t it? I mean, this feels like it’s Chloé Zhao’s award but I just can’t fully put my faith in it!
ANOTHER ROUND Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg
MANK Jack Fincher
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell
ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Aaron Sorkin
My heart is being pulled in two directions. I gave PYW and TTotC7 a full 5/5 and I love them both so much. I’m going with Promising Young Woman!
THE DIG Moira Buffini
THE FATHER Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller
THE MAURITANIAN Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
THE WHITE TIGER Ramin Bahrani
Imagine having so many interesting movies to choose from, and picking The Dig. Sigh. I feel like The Father could win here, I would never have guessed it was based on a play.
BUKKY BAKRAY Rocks
RADHA BLANK The Forty-Year-Old Version
VANESSA KIRBY Pieces of a Woman
FRANCES McDORMAND Nomadland
WUNMI MOSAKU His House
ALFRE WOODARD Clemency
Where is Viola Davis?! Carey Mulligan?! Ughhh! Could this be the award Vanessa Kirby takes home? I just…I’m so deflated. Let’s go with Frances McDormand.
RIZ AHMED Sound of Metal
CHADWICK BOSEMAN Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
ADARSH GOURAV The White Tiger
ANTHONY HOPKINS The Father
MADS MIKKELSEN Another Round
TAHAR RAHIM The Mauritanian
At least this category is looking better! I’m actually completely torn here. This is surely Chadwick Boseman’s award but BAFTA have pretty much ignored Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom! I’m going to take a risk…and I don’t know if I should take it with Riz Ahmed or Anthony Hopkins. I let my husband pick and he went with Riz!
NIAMH ALGAR Calm With Horses
KOSAR ALI Rocks
MARIA BAKALOVA Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
DOMINIQUE FISHBACK Judas and the Black Messiah
ASHLEY MADEKWE County Lines
YUH-JUNG YOUN Minari
Easy easy easy! I was fully on the Maria Bakalova train until I watched Minari. I would be over the moon still if Bakalova won but I have to go with Yuh-Jung Youn!
DANIEL KALUUYA Judas and the Black Messiah
BARRY KEOGHAN Calm With Horses
ALAN KIM Minari
LESLIE ODOM JR. One Night in Miami…
CLARKE PETERS Da 5 Bloods
PAUL RACI Sound of Metal
How bloody lovely that BAFTA put Alan Kim here, seriously. Also so lovely to see Paul Raci here, but I feel like it’s going to Daniel Kaluuya.
MANK Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
MINARI Emile Mosseri
NEWS OF THE WORLD James Newton Howard
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Anthony Willis
SOUL Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Now, we enter the real guessing game. You’ll see my commentary disappearing when I’m basically picking by intuition alone!
CALM WITH HORSES Shaheen Baig
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Alexa L. Fogel
MINARI Julia Kim
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu
ROCKS Lucy Pardee
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Sean Bobbitt
MANK Erik Messerschmidt
THE MAURITANIAN Alwin H. Küchler
NEWS OF THE WORLD Dariusz Wolski
NOMADLAND Joshua James Richards
Really shocked that Tenet isn’t here, to be honest. I’m confident with this choice though.
THE FATHER Yorgos Lamprinos
NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Frédéric Thoraval
SOUND OF METAL Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Alan Baumgarten
THE DIG Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald
THE FATHER Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone
MANK Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale
NEWS OF THE WORLD David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan
REBECCA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
AMMONITE Michael O’Connor
THE DIG Alice Babidge
EMMA. Alexandra Byrne
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Ann Roth
MANK Trish Summerville
MAKE UP & HAIR
THE DIG Jenny Shircore
HILLBILLY ELEGY Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal
MANK Colleen LaBaff, Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams
PINOCCHIO Dalia Colli, Mark Coulier, Francesco Pegoretti
GREYHOUND Beau Borders, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw, David Wyman
NEWS OF THE WORLD Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett, Oliver Tarney
NOMADLAND Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder
SOUL Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker
SOUND OF METAL Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michelle Couttolenc
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
GREYHOUND Pete Bebb, Nathan McGuinness, Sebastian von Overheidt, Whitney Richman
THE MIDNIGHT SKY Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, Max Solomon, David Watkins
MULAN Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury
THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones
TENET Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
THE FIRE NEXT TIME Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf
THE SONG OF A LOST BOY Daniel Quirke, Jamie MacDonald, Brid Arnstein
BRITISH SHORT FILM
EYELASH Jesse Lewis Reece, Ike Newman
LIZARD Akinola Davies, Rachel Dargavel, Wale Davies
LUCKY BREAK John Addis, Rami Sarras Pantoja
MISS CURVY Ghada Eldemellawy
THE PRESENT Farah Nabulsi
EE RISING STAR AWARD
This is the only award that the public choose, and I voted Morfydd Clark so I have to stick with her!