Community: What Were Your Favorite BAFTA 2017 Nominations?

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Critics' Choice Documentary Awards

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.

Tell us: What were your favorite BAFTA nominations? What were some of the biggest snubs, in your opinion? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Joey Magidson

    Seconded on Hell or High Water in Cinematography and Weiner showing up in Documentary

  • Teriek Williams

    I like that Nocturnal Animals and Arrival got 9 nominations. Hell or High Water was overrated, and Weiner should not be nominated. After that documentary came out, he just proved he was a creep all over again and this time had his son in the photos not to mention getting the Clinton investigation re-opened.

  • Ryan

    1. Denis Villeneuve in Best Director
    2. I, Daniel Blake in Best Picture
    3. Hayley Squires in Best Supporting Actress

  • Brady Smith

    Seems like Taylor-Johnson is solidifying more than someone who’s just a freak globe win would.

    • Lakeshow

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see him nominated for the oscar as of now. Highly doubt he contends with Ali, Bridges, and Patel as of now though

  • Trev

    1. 13th and Weiner for Best Documentary
    2. The entire Best Animated Film category
    3. Denis Villeneuve for Best Director
    4. Emily Blunt for Best Actress

  • Tee

    Best:
    1. Tom Ford for Best Director
    2. Arrival for Cinematography
    3. Deepwater Horizon for Best Sound
    Worst:
    1. Hell or High Water AND Manchester by the Sea for Best Original Screenplay
    2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Best Supporting Actor
    3. Jake Gyllenhaal for Best Lead Actor

  • Peter Templeman

    The love for “I, Daniel Blake.” It’s not your typical British movie they go for. It’s nice to see Ken Loach get some recognition.

  • Ferdinand

    1. Hail, Caesar! in production design (though sad that it didn’t get costume design)
    2. Wiener in doc
    3. Hayley Squires for supporting actress

  • Luke McGowan

    Tom Ford, across the board

  • Andrew Gillespie

    With each passing day I’m getting more and more hopeful for a Lucas Hedges snub. It could happen. Don’t wanna jinx it

  • Roberto925

    1. Emily Blunt
    2. Jake Gyllenhaal
    3. Tom Ford