A peek into the BAFTA Awards 2024

The 77th British Academy Film Awards, commonly known as the “BAFTAs” were held on 18th February 2024. They honored the best films of 2023 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The awards were handed to the best feature length films and documentaries that were screened on British cinemas. David Tennant hosted the ceremony for the first time. The show was broadcasted on BBC One and iPlayer in UK and on “Brit Box International” in Canada, Finland, Denmark, South Africa, Norway, US and Sweden.

“I am delighted to have been asked to host the BAFTA film awards and help celebrate the very best of this year’s films and the many brilliant people who bring them to life”

David Tennant

There are various categories in BAFTA. The nominations for the category of the Best Film were “Anatomy of a Fall” directed by Justin Triet, “The Holdovers” by Alexander Payne, “Killers of the Flower Moon” directed by Martin Scorsese, “Poor Things” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, and “Oppenheimer” directed by Christopher Nolan. The winner for this category is none other than “Oppenheimer”, as it was inspired by true events and won the public’s appraisal for its story line.

For the category of Outstanding British Film the nominees were “The Zone of Interest” by Jonathan Glazer, “All of us Strangers” by Andrew Haigh, “How to Have Sex” by Molly Manning Walker, “Napoleon” by Ridley Scott, “The Old Oak” by Ken Loach, “Poor Things” by Yorgos Lanthimos, “Rye Lane” by Raine Allen-Miller, “Saltburn” by Emerald Fennell, “Scrapper” by Charlotte Regan, and “Wonka” by Paul King. The winner for this category is “The Zone of Interest”.

The winner for the category of Outstanding Debut by British Writer, Director or Producer, is Savanah Leaf for best debut as director and writer, and Shirley O’Connor and Mebd Riordan for best debut producers.

The best film that is not in English language was won by “The Zone of Interest”. The documentary, “20 Days in Mariupol” directed by Mstyslav Chernov, won the award for Best Documentary Film. “The Boy and the Heron” directed by Hayao Miyazaki, won the award for Best Animated Film.

For the category of Best Director, the nominees were Christopher Nolan for “Oppenheimer”, Andrew Haigh for “All of us Strangers”, Justine Triet for “Anatomy of a Fall”, Alexander Payne for “The Holdovers”, Bradley Cooper for “Maestro”, and Jonathan Glazer for “The Zone of Interest”. The award for this category was swept away by Christopher Nolan for “Oppenheimer”. Justine Triet and Arthur Harari won the place for Best Original Screenplay for “The Anatomy of a Fall”. “American Fiction” directed by Cord Jefferson swept the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The most heart throbbing moments during the show were the announcements of the Best Actor and Actress in lead role. The nominations for Best Actress in lead role were Emma Stone for “Poor Things”, Fantasia Barrio for “The Color Purple”, Sandra Huller for “Anatomy of a Fall”, Carey Mulligan for “Maestro”, Vivian Oparah for “Rye Lane” and Margot Robbie for “Barbie”. The award was honored to Emma Stone for “Poor Things”.

The nominations for Best Actor in lead role were Cillian Murphy for “Oppenheimer”, Bradley Cooper for “Maestro”, Colman Domingo for “Rustin”, Paul Giamatti for “The Holdovers”, Barry Keoghan for “Saltburn” and Teo Yoo for “Past Lives”. Cillian Murphy got the award in this category. Da’Vine Joy Randolph was honored with Best Actress in supporting role for “The Holdovers” and Robert Downey Jr. was honored with Best Actor in supporting role for “Oppenheimer”. Mia Mckenna-Bruce won the EE Rising Star award.

All the winners deeply expressed their gratitude towards their team and it had been a great night for both the celebrities and the audiences.

Written by- Mishti Gadhavi | Edited by- Apurv Nayak