February 21, 2022

The BAFTA awards boasted a diverse list of nominees and firsts during the live-streamed announcement on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022.

Here are this year’s contenders:

Dune is in first place with 10 BAFTA nominations including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects. NYFA 3D Animation and VFX Alum Francesco Panzieri was the in-house compositor for the adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic. In a Q&A with NYFA about the film, Panzieri told us that he had been tapped for the project long before it began production; the in-house team at Wylie VFX sought his collaboration after Panzieri’s work on Terminator: Dark Fate.

the dune

The Power of the Dog came in second for most nominations at the BAFTA Awards this year. The film’s nominations included Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Cinematography making Ari Wegner the first woman to be nominated in the category.

luca poster

Fan-favorite Luca is nominated for Best Animated Film for Pixar Studios. NYFA Alum Raquel Bordin is part of Pixar’s International Editorial Department, where she worked for 11 weeks putting the final touches on the coming-of-age Italian film. More of Bordin’s work is headed to the big screen, she recently confirmed with us that she is now working on the animated sci-fi feature, Lightyear, set to release this summer.

Kenneth Branagh’s, Belfast, comes in third with 6 nominations including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. Licorice Pizza and No Time to Die tie with 5 nominations each. The former’s nominations include Best Film and Best Actress (Alana Haim). No Time to Die’s nominations include Best British Film and Best Cinematography.

west side story

Also nominated at this year’s BAFTA Awards is NYFA Guest Speaker Steven Spielberg’s revival of the Sondheim classic, West Side Story. The film is nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Mike Faist) and Best Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose), Best Production Design, Best Sound and Best Casting. NYFA Musical Theatre Alum Ilda Mason was cast as Luz, a member of the sharks in Spielberg’s remake, shortly after her run on Broadway in Ivo van Hove’s Broadway revival of West Side Story in 2020.

Cyrano, Don’t Look Up, Passing and King Richard all collected 4 nominations each for this year’s BAFTA’s. The musical drama Cyrano is up for Best British Film, satirical sci-fi film Don’t Look Up is a contender for Best Film and Best Original Screenplay, the psychological black-and-white drama Passing is also up for Best British Film and Best Actress (Tessa Thompson) and the biographical drama King Richard is nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Will Smith) making it Smith’s first BAFTA nod.

House of Gucci

House of Gucci received some nods as well including Best British Film and Best Actress (Lady Gaga). NYFA Alum Martina Rojas Chaigneau worked on the project as clearance & product placement coordinator in 2021.

lost daughter

And Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, The Lost Daughter, proves itself this award season as the film continues to collect nominations. The film garnered two BAFTA nominations including Best Supporting Actress (Jessie Buckley) and Gyllenhaal is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for her adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s classic of the same title. The film’s producers Osnat Handelsman – Keren and Talia Kleinhendler spoke at length with the Director of the NYFA Q&A-List Series, Tova Laiter, during a Q&A about the process (and difficulty) of securing the rights to adapt an Elena Ferrante novel and filming during a pandemic with closed borders and a mostly international cast and crew. Check out the full interview below:

NYFA Congratulates all the nominees! We can’t wait to hear the winners on March 13th!

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