2022 BAFTA Awards Nominations: Diverse List Full of Surprises Including Projects Worked On by Innovative Artists Clients Gavin Gregory and Ian Seabrook
February 3, 2022

by: Alex Ritman

Denis Villeneuve’s grand sci-fi spectacle Dune has emerged with 11 nominations for the 2022 BAFTA film awards, as unveiled on Thursday, leading the pack of 48 films that will be vying for gold statuettes at the ceremony on March 13.

Dune’s result are unlikely to surprise too many — the film was hotly anticipated to dominate, especially in the craft categories, as it has done (it also bagged a best film nomination). Neither are the eight nominations for Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog or the six for Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast. But it’s the nominees elsewhere that are likely to have the industry talking, with the 2022 list awash in new faces, unexpected additions and several major absentees (perhaps most notably the complete snubbing of Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana drama Spencer).

While Benedict Cumberbatch, Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio have all bagged best actor nominations (DiCaprio’s sixth and, remarkably, Smith’s first), the remaining slots are filled by Mahershala Ali plus Brit stars Adeel Akhtar (for After Love) and Stephen Graham (Boiling Point), leaving out several faces considered awards frontrunners, including Andrew Garfield (whose Tick Tick … Boom! also failed to land a single nomination), Bradley Cooper and Denzel Washington (again).

Over in the best actress category, there was no space for BAFTA favorite Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter) or Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), with After Love star Joanna Scanlan, Passing’s Tessa Thompson and The Worst Person in the World lead Renate Reinsve joining Lady Gaga, Alana Haim and Emilia Jones.

This trend continued in the supporting categories, with BAFTA touting the fact that 19 of the 24 performance slots overall in 2022 are first-time nominees. The best supporting actor shortlist — which includes BAFTA’s first deaf nominee in CODA star Troy Kotsur — is entirely made up of BAFTA debutants.

But perhaps the biggest surprise of all for 2022 is for best director. Sitting alongside Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza) and Jane Campion (The Power the Dog) are not, as some might have very easily assumed, Dune’s Villeneuve (a strange omission given its 11 nominations elsewhere), Belfast’s Branagh (possibly the biggest shock of all given he’s on home soil) or West Side Story’s Steven Spielberg (whose film only managed to land five BAFTA nominations after topping the longlist with 15 placings). Instead, BAFTA voters went away from mainstream voices, with Aleem Khan (After Love), Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car), Audrey Diwan (Happening) and Palme d’Or winner Julia Ducournau (Titane).

For the British Academy, which went through a grueling review to improve diversity in its awards just two years ago, resulting in the most diverse mix of nominees in its history in 2021, the 2022 list further underscores its efforts to change the voting process and create what it has repeatedly described as a “level playing field” for all films.

See the full list of nominees below:

Best Film
Don’t Look Up
Licorice Pizza
The Power Of The Dog

Outstanding British Film
After Love
Ali & Ava
Boiling Point
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
House Of Gucci
Last Night In Soho
No Time To Die

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
After Love, Aleem Khan (writer/director)
Boiling Point, James Cummings (writer), Hester Ruoff (producer) [also written by Philip Barantini and produced by Bart Ruspoli]
The Harder They Fall, Jeymes Samuel (writer/director) [Also written by Boaz Yakin]
Keyboard Fantasies, Posy Dixon (writer/director), Liv Proctor (producer)
Passing, Rebecca Hall (writer/director)

Film Not In The English Language
Drive My Car
The Hand Of God
Parallel Mothers
Petite Maman
The Worst Person In The World

Becoming Cousteau
The Rescue
Summer Of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Animated Film
The Mitchells Vs The Machines

After Love, Aleem Khan
Drive My Car, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Happening, Audrey Diwan
Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Power Of The Dog, Jane Campion
Titane, Julia Ducournau

Original Screenplay
Being The Ricardos, Aaron Sorkin
Belfast, Kenneth Branagh
Don’t Look Up, Adam Mckay
King Richard, Zach Baylin
Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson

Adapted Screenplay
Coda, Siân Heder
Drive My Car, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Dune, Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve
The Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Power Of The Dog, Jane Campion

Leading Actress
Lady Gaga, House Of Gucci
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Emilia Jones, Coda
Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person In The World
Joanna Scanlan, After Love
Tessa Thompson, Passing

Leading Actor
Adeel Akhtar, Ali & Ava
Mahershala Ali, Swan Song
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power Of The Dog
Leonardo Dicaprio, Don’t Look Up
Stephen Graham, Boiling Point
Will Smith, King Richard

Supporting Actress
Caitríona Balfe, Belfast
Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
Ariana Debose, West Side Story
Ann Dowd, Mass
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Ruth Negga, Passing

Supporting Actor
Mike Faist, West Side Story
Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
Troy Kotsur, Coda
Woody Norman, C’mon C’mon
Jesse Plemons, The Power Of The Dog
Kodi Smit-Mcphee, The Power Of The Dog

Original Score
Being The Ricardos, Daniel Pemberton
Don’t Look Up, Nicholas Britell
Dune, Hans Zimmer
The French Dispatch, Alexandre Desplat
The Power Of The Dog, Jonny Greenwood

Boiling Point, Carolyn Mcleod
Dune, Francine, Maisler
The Hand Of God, Massimo Appolloni, Annamaria Sambucco
King Richard, Rich Delia, Avy Kaufman
West Side Story, Cindy Tolan

Dune, Greig Fraser
Nightmare Alley, Dan Laustsen
No Time To Die, Linus Sandgren
The Power Of The Dog, Ari Wegner
The Tragedy Of Macbeth, Bruno Delbonnel

Belfast, Úna Ní Dhonghaíle
Dune, Joe Walker
Licorice Pizza, Andy Jurgensen
No Time To Die, Tom Cross, Elliot Graham
Summer Of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Joshua L. Pearson

Production Design
Cyrano, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
Dune, Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos
The French Dispatch, Adam Stockhausen, Rena Deangelo
Nightmare Alley, Tamara Deverell, Shane Vieau
West Side Story, Adam Stockhausen, Rena Deangelo

Costume Design
Cruella, Jenny Beavan
Cyrano, Massimo Cantini Parrini
Dune, Robert Morgan, Jacqueline West
The French Dispatch, Milena Canonero
Nightmare Alley, Luis Sequeira

Make Up & Hair
Cruella, Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne
Cyrano, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Siân Miller
Dune, Love Larson, Donald Mowat
The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh
House Of Gucci, Frederic Aspiras, Jane Carboni, Giuliano Mariana, Sarah Nicole Tanno

Dune, Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Doug Hemphill, Theo Green, Ron Bartlett
Last Night In Soho, Colin Nicolson, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, Dan Morgan
No Time To Die, James Harrison, Simon Hayes, Paul Massey, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
A Quiet Place Part II, Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor, Ethan Van Der Ryn
West Side Story, Brian Chumney, Tod Maitland, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom

Special Visual Effects
Dune, Brian Connor, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Gerd Nefzer
Free Guy, Swen Gillberg, Brian Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Daniel Sudick
Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Aharon Bourland, Sheena Duggal, Pier Lefebvre, Alessandro Ongaro
The Matrix Resurrections, Tom Debenham, Hew J Evans, Dan Glass, J. D. Schwaim
No Time To Die, Mark Bokowski, Chris Corbould, Joel Green, Charlie Noble

British Short Animation
Affairs Of The Art, Joanna Quinn, Les Mills
Do Not Feed The Pigeons, Jordi Morera
Night Of The Living Dread, Ida Melum, Danielle Goff, Laura Jayne Tunbridge, Hannah Kelso

British Short Film
The Black Cop, Cherish Oteka
Femme, Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping, Sam Ritzenberg, Hayley Williams
The Palace, Jo Prichard
Stuffed, Theo Rhys, Joss Holden-Rea
Three Meetings Of The Extraordinary Committee, Michael Woodward, Max Barron, Daniel Wheldon

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Ariana Debose
Harris Dickinson
Lashana Lynch
Millicent Simmonds
Kodi Smit-Mcphee

Last Night In Soho - VFX Producer: Gavin Gregory

The Rescue - Director of Photography: Ian Seabrook