Early this morning, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced their nominees for the 2016-2017 awards season. While most of their nominees are par for the course, BAFTA 2017 has shaken up some key races. The biggest misses were definitely Barry Jenkins missing Director and Denzel Washington missing Actor. It will be interesting to see how these affect extremely tight races, and if they potentially solidify wins for Damien Chazelle and Casey Affleck. With that in mind, what were your favorite nominations from BAFTA? Let us know in the comments below! We’ve got a few of our own to tout below as well.
1. Jake Gyllenhaal- Nocturnal Animals
It’s been a rocky few years for Mr. Gyllenhaal, who seems to consistently just miss awards consideration. Finally recognized for his stellar work in “Nocturnal Animals,” Gyllenhaal must be jumping for joy. Gyllenhaal is the only actor who is present in both the novel and the Amy Adams storyline, and has to balance two very different personas in the process. This was a raw Gyllenhaal that we haven’t seen in some time, and his ability to let go was marvelous. It was an extremely strong performance in a film full of actors at the top of their game, so it was great to see Gyllenhaal get his due.
2. 13th/Weiner- Best Documentary
It’s rare for political documentaries to make much of a footprint on the BAFTA. Since they reintroduced the category in 2011, “Citizenfour” is the only winner one would consider a political documentary. However, the two documentaries have captured an international zeitgeist after the most recent American election, so their inclusion is far from a surprise. What this means for their Oscar chances remains to be seen (only 7 of the 23 nominees since 2011 have made the cut). Still, it’s good to see both of these great accomplishments make an international documentary five.
3. Giles Nuttgens- Best Cinematography
Giles Nuttgens‘ excellent camerawork in “Hell or High Water” seems to have been overshadowed in a year full of excellent DPs. The bank robbery scenes are beautifully choreographed, and Nuttgens shots of the Texas landscape captured the tone of the film. Nuttgens needed the nomination here to stay relevant after missing both the Indie Spirits and Critics’ Choice. It might be a little too late to secure Nuttgens a nomination, but it should help him moving forward.