We’re officially another awards show closer to this year’s Oscars, as the EE British Academy Film Awards were held earlier today. Hosted by actress Rebel Wilson, the BAFTAs wound up being a key predictor for last year’s Oscars acting winners–to a tee–and they might just wind up providing similar insight this year. Actors Will Smith, Troy Kotsur, and Ariana DeBose added a BAFTA to their already impressive list of awards season wins.
My biggest takeaway from the BAFTAs (which I viewed via BritBox) is that the Oscars should consider moving away from network television to one of the many available streaming platforms. While the BAFTAs made the disappointing choice to not present all of the categories from the run of show–in addition to their broadcast being on an unnecessary delay–there was something to be said for the pacing, give or take a couple of awkward comedic bits. It was a no muss, no fuss kind of awards show that I can appreciate. It’s something the Oscars should genuinely take under consideration for the future, minus the huge broadcast delay. And #PresentAll23, obviously.
Alright, without further ado, see all of this year’s BAFTA winners below, as well as a moving performance from CODA’s Emilia Jones.
The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Will Smith, King Richard
Joanna Scanlan, After Love
Troy Kotsur, CODA
Ariana DeBose, West Side Story (2021)
EE Rising Star Award
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
Sian Heder, CODA
Outstanding British Film
Film Not in the English Language
Drive My Car
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer
The Harder They Fall
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
West Side Story (2021)
No Time To Die
Make-Up & Hair
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Special Visual Effects
British Short Animation
Do Not Feed the Pigeons
British Short Film
The Black Cop
And last, but certainly not least, enjoy Emilia Jones performing “Both Sides Now” from CODA.