The carpet has been rolled up and the prizes have been handed out.
Though the BAFTAs are over for another year, what implications do last night’s results have for the rest of awards season, building up to the Academy Awards on February 24. Was The Favourite’s success a one-off? Will Roma continue to dominate?
Here are four things we learned, and what they could mean come the end of the month.
1) Roma maintains momentum
Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix drama has been the Oscar frontrunner for the last couple of months, and it solidified its status with a win for Best Film last night, becoming the first non-English language film to win the top prize since Jean de Florette in 1987. It should be noted that the BAFTAs and Oscars have differed in their Best Picture prizes for the last four years, but Roma is so far ahead it seems unthinkable it won’t win, especially given its main competitor in Green Book missed out on a crucial Best Director nomination for Peter Farrelly.
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 10, 2019
2) The locks of the night
Though there is still some doubt about the Best Picture award, certain categories are now fully finished. Rami Malek is in pole position to take home the Best Actor award for Bohemian Rhapsody after winning the BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe, with Christian Bale’s (Vice) bid seemingly running out of steam. We’ve known for a while that Mahershala Ali (Green Book) and Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) will be picking up their second Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Director respectively, and last night did nothing to change that. Other apparent certainties are Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Best Animated Film, and The Favourite for both Production and Costume design; Spike Lee also looks good for the Best Adapted Screenplay award for BlacKkKlansman, whilst Roma will almost certainly win Best Cinematography and Foreign Film.
3) The Favourite might not replicate its BAFTA success
Yorgos Lanthimos’ period-comedy was the big winner of the night, taking home seven awards, with its main wins coming in the Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz) and Best Original Screenplay categories, but don’t assume it will strike gold at the Oscars. Colman faces an uphill battle to topple Glenn Close (The Wife) on February 24, whilst Weisz will be hoping she can gather enough momentum to make a late charge against Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) – the Supporting Actress race is truly neck and neck. The same goes for the Best Original Screenplay, with Green Book and Vice surely standing a better chance than they did at BAFTA.
— BBC (@BBC) February 10, 2019
4) The technical categories remain hard to call
The below-the-line categories are always tough to predict, and this year’s ceremony was no different. Black Panther‘s win for Visual Effects throws the Oscar up in the air, with the Marvel film not being nominated. Vice‘s Best Editing win makes that a slight favourite, especially given how well it performed with nominations at the Oscars, whilst the Sound Editing and Sound Mixing awards could go anywhere, with BAFTA proving to be an unreliable prognosticator given they combine the two categories. The British Academy also merge the Music categories, whilst the Oscars have separate awards for Score and Song; though A Star Is Born is nailed on to win the latter, the former remains a close race.
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 11, 2019