Double Oscar Noms for Sandra Huller, Possible Dark Horse ‘The Holdovers’ Dominates Best Picture Category – BAFTA Nominations Highlight Surprises and Snubs

London, UK: The recently announced BAFTA film nominations have given us some surprises and some head-scratchers. As a precursor to the Oscars, the BAFTAs often provide clues as to what we can expect when the nominations for the Academy Awards are announced. However, with the BAFTAs being influenced by jury intervention in certain categories, such as directing and acting, it has become more difficult to interpret their significance in the overall awards landscape.

One interesting takeaway from the BAFTA nominations is that “Barbie” didn’t receive as much international support as some may have expected. While the film garnered 15 longlist mentions, it only managed to secure five nominations, with notable exclusions in the best film and directing categories. This could indicate that international voters may not respond as enthusiastically to a movie about a toy doll as their domestic counterparts.

Another point to note is the inclusion of Jonathan Glazer for “The Zone of Interest” and Justine Triet for “Anatomy of a Fall” in the best director category. Their entries could potentially boost the chances of actress Sandra Hüller, who stars in both films, making history with double acting nominations for two non-English language performances.

However, there are also disappointments to contend with. Lily Gladstone’s snub for “Killers of the Flower Moon” at the BAFTAs presents a significant hurdle for her Oscar campaign. Her closest competitor, Emma Stone, landed recognition for “Poor Things” instead. The upcoming SAG Awards will be Gladstone’s last chance to gain momentum and potentially secure a win in the best actress category.

In the best picture race, “The Holdovers” is a dark horse contender that has flown under the radar thus far. Alexander Payne’s dramedy received seven nominations from the British voting bloc, including a spot among the top five films recognized for best film. With strong performances from Paul Giamatti and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and a viable contender for original screenplay, “The Holdovers” could emerge as a potential upset in the race.

Lastly, it’s worth noting that “Oppenheimer” is the film to beat this awards season. Christopher Nolan’s biographical drama received the most nominations at the BAFTAs, with 13 nods out of a possible 15. It has been nominated at every major guild and televised ceremony so far, indicating its strong prospects for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Overall, the BAFTA nominations have provided some interesting insights into the current awards landscape. While they may not directly impact the Oscar nominations, they offer a glimpse into the preferences and trends among international voters, as well as highlighting potential contenders and snubs.