2019 BAFTA Nominees & Winners

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The British Academy of Film (and Television) Awards are here once again and are to be hosted by Joanna Lumley for the second year in a row as she continues to take over from 12-year regular Stephen Fry. Also returning to entertain audiences are the Cirque du Soleil acrobatic troupe, who stunned last year with their The Shape of Water-based performance.

Below is a comprehensive list of this year’s nominees. Winners will be highlighted as they are announced via television broadcast.

Tune in to BBC One at 9pm on February 10th for the ceremony (which will be broadcast with an hour’s delay to allow for editing).

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The Favourite – Review

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5 STARS

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Mark Gatiss, Horatio the Duck

As awards season gets underway a little earlier this year, we’re starting to see a slew of films put themselves forward in the race for a nomination. One particular film that’s got the tongues of critics wagging recently is The Favourite, the latest directorial offering from critic’s darling Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer). Boasting a stellar cast, prominent female leads, an apparently very grand production budget and an actual menagerie to boot, is The Favourite going to follow through on its title and prove itself a unique frontrunner, or might it fade behind other blockbusters such as A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody?

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Bird Box – Review

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4 STARS

Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Jacki Weaver, Danielle Macdonald, Rosa Salazar, Sarah Paulson, Colson Baker, Lil Rel Howery, BD Wong, Vivien Lyra Blair, Julian Edwards

Say what you will about Netflix and its effect on film distribution and role in the potential demise of cinemas, now and again it does push out some interesting, entertaining and often critically successful releases (Okja, Annihilation, Beasts of No Nation, to name just a few) that are reachable (arguably) to a wider audience. It’s a whole other subject to get in to, and Bird Box is just another film to throw into the mix, for good or ill. After all the hype surrounding it and the dangerous stunts it has inspired, has Bird Box earnt its place as one of Netflix’s best-ever releases, or is it another Cloverfield Paradox, with all hype and no substance?

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What’s On – January 2019

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Here we are, at the start of a brand new year, and there is so much to look forward to in January alone! From extremely buzz-worthy, female-led and very British (though not thoroughly) offerings such as The Favourite, Colette and Mary Queen of Scots, to family and relationship-driven heart-wrenchers like The Upside, An Impossible Love and Beautiful Boy, and films with darker but arguably more important issues such as Love Sonia and Monsters and Men, we are spoilt for choice. Gone are the mainstream blockbusters (for this month, anyway), making way for films that have been released close to awards season to stand a higher chance of remaining fresh in the eyes of the voters. But what in particular might be worth your time and money as the cold weather hits? Find out now…

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Aquaman – Review

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2 STARS

Director: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison

DC have had a tough ol’ time of it in the past five years. Their 2013 Superman reboot in the form of Man of Steel started something that gave a lot of fans that thing his ‘S’ stands for: hope. Mostly for the future of the DC Extended Universe’s characters, but also partly for something to watch that isn’t Marvel-based. After Christopher Nolan’s highly successful Dark Knight trilogy, there was a lot riding on Henry Cavill’s Superman. Unfortunately, it’s all been downhill since then, with 2016’s Batman v Superman, 2016’s Suicide Squad and 2017’s Justice League all performing ok at the box office but being utterly panned by critics and fans alike. The only exception has been 2018’s Wonder Woman, proving that DC are capable of getting at least one character right (more or less). With Aquaman being their latest hero to get his very first solo movie, does Wonder Woman have some (friendly) competition, or has the DCEU officially run aground?

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