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Sunday February 12th, 2017

BAFTAs: Casey Affleck, Dev Patel Wins Don’t Necessarily Point the Way to Oscars

Casey Affleck (Courtesy: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Casey Affleck (Courtesy: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Team La La Land, Manchester by the Sea‘s Casey Affleck and Lion‘s Dev Patel were among the big winners at the 70th BAFTA Awards on Sunday. But do the results of the U.K.’s equivalent of the Oscars actually tell us anything about the actual Oscars ceremony that will take place in exactly two weeks?

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Tuesday January 10th, 2017

BAFTA Nominations: Do Snubs of Denzel Washington, Barry Jenkins Merit #BAFTAsSoWhite Scrutiny?

Denzel Washington in 'Fences' (Courtesy: Paramount/Screenshot)

Denzel Washington in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount/Screenshot)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced its nominees for the 70th BAFTA Awards early Tuesday morning. The group best known for bestowing the British equivalent of the Oscars included among its 20 acting nominees Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, FencesViola Davis and Lion‘s Dev Patel, all in its supporting categories. (Harris and Patel are both British.) And yet, after reviewing the organization’s full list of nominees, it’s very hard to argue that it doesn’t have some sort of a race-related problem.

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Monday February 15th, 2016

BAFTA Awards: ‘Revenant’ Wins Don’t Seal the Deal for Oscar (Analysis)

THR's awards analyst notes that the BAFTAs, which are chosen by a group that includes some 500 Academy members, has a pretty shaky track record at predicting the Oscars.

By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Nearing the end of an awards season in which the three highest-profile guilds awarded their top prizes to different films — the Producers Guild of America went for The Big Short, the Screen Actors Guild went for Spotlight and the Directors Guild of America went for The Revenant — many Oscar-watchers on Sunday turned to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, or BAFTA, hoping for some sort of a sign about which film might be out front.

Why? Because the BAFTA Awards, the U.K.’s equivalent of the Oscars, were being handed out; some 500 Academy members also vote for the BAFTAs (the whole group’s membership is roughly the same size as the Academy’s); all three of the aforementioned contenders was nominated for best film; and the final round of Oscar voting, which began on Friday, extends all the way through 5 p.m. PT on Feb. 23, so even if BAFTA’s picks do not correlate with the way many Academy members currently plan to vote, they could conceivably sway some Academy members to vote differently.

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Sunday February 8th, 2015

BAFTA Awards: ‘Boyhood’ Shows Signs of Life With Big Wins After DGAs (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter 

A weird awards season just got even weirder.

Just hours after Birdman’s big win at the DGA Awards — hot on the heels of the dramedy’s PGA and SAG wins — seemed to seal the coffin on all of its Oscar competition, Boyhood, which was once thought to be the Oscar frontrunner, reached out from beneath the soil and across the pond to collect the top two BAFTA Awards and wag a finger at those who had written it off for dead.

But does Boyhood’s little surge come too late to make a difference, in light of the fact that Birdman has already done so well with the top guilds? (Only one film has ever won the big three and not gone on to win the best picture Oscar, and that was Apollo 13 19 years ago.) And does BAFTA actually have a good track record of predicting Oscar winners?

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Monday January 12th, 2015

Awards Hopefuls, British and Otherwise, Court BAFTA Voters at Tea Party


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

On Saturday afternoon, right in the middle of the busiest weekend of the awards season, many of the biggest names of the awards season swung by the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills for a walk down a long red carpet into a room crowded with industry insiders, whereupon they mixed, mingled, munched on finger sandwiches and, of course, downed gallons of tea.

The BAFTA Tea, as the annual affair is known, is what one might call civilized chaos, as everyone tries to grab a moment or two of face time — if not a photograph — with various awards hopefuls, many of whom were nominated, little more than 24 hours earlier, for a BAFTA Award. (The 68th annual BAFTA Awards will take place on Feb. 21.)

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Friday January 9th, 2015

BAFTA: What the Brits’ Surprising Picks Could Mean for the Oscar Race (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

When award nominations aren’t being announced at an ungodly hour in the morning L.A.-time, as was the case with the recent Golden Globe and SAG noms, then they’re being announced at an ungodly hour late at night, as was the case on Thursday night when the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (basically the British-specific version of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) revealed its nominees for the 68th BAFTA Awards (the British equivalent of the Oscars).

The group is composed of roughly 6,500 people — 5,000 or so are located across the pond, including most of the 250 Academy members who live in the U.K., and most of the rest are on one coast or the other of America, and many of them are also Oscar voters. Now, if the BAFTA voters had just rubber-stamped the lists of nominations announced recently by other groups, then I might complain even more. But they actually made some pretty eye-opening picks and snubs.

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