BAFTA Awards: finalists amid controversy

Three film organizations, the BAFTAs, the producers ‘guild and the directors’ guild, yesterday unveiled the list of finalists for their 2020 galas. It did not go smoothly.



Barely unveiled yesterday, the names of the films, actors and craftsmen finalists at the BAFTA (the British Oscars) gala sparked astonishment and indignation due to the glaring lack of diversity.

“White, masculine and boring”, headlined the daily The Guardian from the pen of journalist Simran Hans, who described the list of nominees as “scandalous”. “Voting members seem to have a limited understanding of excellence,” she wrote. The Academy must act to ensure more diversity. “

BAFTA leaders quickly shifted the blame to the industry itself. Recognizing the “disappointment” caused by their list, they felt that the industry (producers, distributors, etc.) must fundamentally make changes that will be reflected even in the price discounts. They also announced that one of their excellence programs will soon be devoted entirely to women directors.

It should be noted that, as in the case of the Golden Globes, the two most important categories of the BAFTAs, best film and best director, do not have women. In fact, there are the same five films (and directors). These are Joker by Todd Phillips, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino, 1917 by Sam Mendes, The irishman by Martin Scorsese and Parasite by Bong Joon-ho.

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Director Quentin Tarantino (right) shoots a scene from Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Joker leads the number of caps with 11, against 10 for Once Upon a Time … and The irishman and 9 for 1917.

We find a film directed by a woman, For Sama by Waad al-Kateab, in the category of the five works in the running for the title of best British film. The other four are 1917, Bait by Mark Jenkin, Rocketman by Dexter Fletcher and Sorry We Missed You by Ken Loach.

In the interpretation categories, the nominees are Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time …), Adam Driver (Marriage story), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Joaquim Phoenix (Joker) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes) for Best Male Leading Role, Jessie Buckley (Wild rose), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage story), Saoirse Ronan (Little woman), Charlize Theron (Bombshell) and Renée Zellweger (Judy) for the best female lead.

For Best Supporting Roles, the finalists are Laura Dern (Marriage story), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo rabbit), Florence Pugh (Little women) and twice Margot Robbie (Bombshell and Once Upon a Time …) for women, while for men, we find Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino and Joe Pesci (The irishman) and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time …).

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Jean-Marc Vallée at the DGA awards ceremony, in February 2019

Jean-Marc Vallée nominated for the PGA Awards

Jean-Marc Vallée, Andrea Arnold, David E. Kelley and several actors and actresses from the second season of the series Big Little Lies are finalists at the Producers Guild Gala (PGA Awards) in the category of best drama series, it was also announced yesterday.

However, we will recall that a controversy erupted last July about the postproduction of this series. An article published in Indiewire then said that dissatisfied with the work of director Andrea Arnold, main producer David E. Kelley and broadcaster HBO had entrusted the editing of the seven episodes to the Quebecer.

The big boss of HBO and the two actresses and co-producers, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, took the floor to set the record straight. “I didn’t steal the show. I didn’t call the shots. I came to help because I had been asked to do so, with the best of intentions, ”said Mr. Vallée in an interview with our colleague Marc-André Lussier on October 27.

In its category, the second season of Big Little Lies finds himself a finalist against The Crown (season 3), Game Of Thrones (season 8), Succession (season 2) and Watchmen (season 1). In the cinema, feature films 1917, Ford v Ferrari, The irishman, Jojo rabbit, Joker, Knives Out, Little women, Marriage story, Once Upon a Time … and Parasite are finalists for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Best Fiction Film.

The DGA Awards are also very masculine

Finally, the list of finalists for the prize for the best director of a fictional film at the directors’ guild gala (DGA Awards) is, again here, only male. The finalists are Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Same Mendes (1917), Martin Scorsese (The irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time …) and Taika Waititi (Jojo rabbit).

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Mame Bineta Sane in Atlantic, by Mati Diop

The list of finalists for Best Debut Film is more diverse with three women and three men for five films. They are Mati Diop (Atlantic), Alma Har’el (Honey boy), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz (The Peanut Butter Falcon) and Joe Talbot (The Last Black Man in San Francisco).

The BAFTA ceremony will take place on Sunday February 2 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The PGA Awards gala will be presented on January 18 at the Hollywood Palladium Hotel in Los Angeles while the DGA Awards will be held on January 25 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, also in the City of Angels.

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BAFTA Awards: finalists amid controversy