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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Oppenheimer” Dominates BAFTA Nominations with 13 Nods

"Oppenheimer" dominates BAFTA nominations with 13 nods, leading a diverse array of films recognized for outstanding achievements in various categories, showcasing cinematic diversity.

Historical drama “Oppenheimer” emerged as the frontrunner for the BAFTA Film Awards, leading the nominations with an impressive 13 nods. The film, centered around the making of the atomic bomb during World War II, has already garnered attention and recognition in various award ceremonies, including winning five Golden Globes. Its nominations span across categories such as best film, best director, adapted screenplay, leading actor (Cillian Murphy), and supporting actors (Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr.).

Following closely, the sex-charged gothic comedy “Poor Things” secured 11 nominations, presenting a strong contender in various categories. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “The Zone of Interest” each received nine nominations, contributing to a diverse range of films recognized by the BAFTA Film Awards. The competition for the best film category includes not only “Oppenheimer” and “Poor Things” but also courtroom drama “Anatomy of a Fall” and the boys’ boarding school comedy “The Holdovers.”

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Cillian Murphy, recognized in the leading actor category for his portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, expressed his joy for the recognition of his collaborators, especially director Christopher Nolan. Emma Stone, the leading actress in “Poor Things,” received a nomination along with other prominent actresses like Margot Robbie, Carey Mulligan, Fantasia Barrino, Sandra Hüller, and Vivian Oparah. However, notable figures like Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio were snubbed in this year’s nominations.

The BAFTA Film Committee Chair, Anna Higgs, highlighted the outstanding year for filmmaking represented by the 38 nominated films. The selection showcases ambitious and creative voices, ranging from independent British debuts to global blockbusters. BAFTA’s efforts to improve diversity, initiated in 2020 with changes to the nomination processes, were evident with nominations like Vivian Oparah for leading actress, reflecting a positive trend toward highlighting smaller films and fostering inclusivity.