This year, the BAFTAs will take place on Sunday February 18. Hosted by David Tennant at Royal Festival Hall, they will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer.

While we can’t make confident predictions about which prizes will go where, we can tell you this. Oppenheimer got 13 nominations; Poor Things got 11; Killers of the Flower Moon and The Zone of Interest each got nine; Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers and Maestro got seven apiece; All of Us Strangers got six; and Barbie and Saltburn each got five.

Anna Higgs, Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, says: “It has been an outstanding year for filmmaking, as represented by the 38 films nominated. They showcase ambitious, creative and hugely impressive voices from independent British debuts to global blockbusters.

From complex moral issues through to joyful journeys of self-discovery, they all ultimately explore human connection. Which is why we go to the cinema: to be transported into new worlds, to laugh, cry, to be entertained and to be challenged.

The films nominated deliver all that and more – we hope people up and down the country, and around the world, are inspired to watch them.”

Best Film

The nominations for the big one are Killers of the Flower Moon, Oppenheimer, Poor Things, Anatomy of a Fall and The Holdovers. We fancy Oppenheimer.

Leading Actress

In the running are Fantasia Barrino for The Colour Purple, Sandra Huller for Anatomy of a Fall, Carey Mulligan for Maestro, Vivian Oparah for Rye Lane, Margot Robbie for Barbie and Emma Stone for Poor Things. Carey Mulligan deserves it for her star turn.

Leading Actor

The nominations for the main man are Bradley Cooper for Maestro, Cillian Murphy for Oppenheimer, Colman Domingo for Rustin, Paul Giametti for The Holdovers, Barry Keoghan for Saltburn and Teo Yoo for Past Lives. We want Cillian Murphy, just so that we can swoon through the speech.


Among the clever possible for this prize are 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 and Josh Singer for Maestro and Celine Song for Past Lives. We have a feeling in our bones that Christopher Nolan will win this one. But we wouldn’t mind it going to a lady…

EE Rising Star Award

The nominations for the Rising Star gong are Phoebe Dynevor, Ayo Edebiri, Jacob Elordi, Mia McKenna-Bruce and Sophie Wilde. We can’t help but feel Jacob Elordi will walk home with it.

By Becky Ladenburg
February 2024