Buzz recaps BAFTA winners, predicts Oscar results

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Ariana DeBose stars in the remake of “West Side Story” as Anita. DeBose won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for the film.

By Gina Jagminas , Staff Writer

The 75th Annual British Academy Film Awards were held on March 13 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They are often considered to be a precursor to many of the Academy Award winners, which will be announced on March 27 in Hollywood. With many of the same categories, the BAFTAs often predict who takes home the awards at the Oscars. 

This year’s Academy Awards aren’t necessarily one of the most contested in recent years, with many categories being predicted similarly across platforms. Even so, there are a few categories that are wide open, especially after the BAFTAs. 

For Leading Actress, Joanna Scanlan, star of “Belfast,” took home the prize, though she is not nominated for any Academy Awards. 

Scanlan’s win leaves even more questions for who will receive the award at the Oscars. None of the other actresses that were nominated for the BAFTA are nominated for the Academy Award, so that category remains open.

Following the results of the SAG Awards, Will Smith won Leading Actor for his role as Richard Williams in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard.” This bolsters his Oscar chances for the corresponding category. 

Ariana DeBose won Supporting Actress for her role in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake, just as she did at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  

Troy Kotsur, one of the breakout stars of “CODA,” won the award for Supporting Actor. Though a strong category at the Oscars, with other nominees such as “Belfast’s” Ciarán Hinds and “The Power of the Dog’s” Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kotsur’s BAFTA win makes an Oscar seem more likely.

Though some categories at the BAFTAs don’t translate exactly to the Oscars, such as Outstanding British Film, Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” received a notable win because it’s nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 

Another BAFTA-specific category is Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director or Producer, which went to Jeymes Samuel’s “The Harder They Fall,” which is not nominated for any Academy Awards.  

To no one’s surprise, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car” won the award for Film Not In the English Language. Hamaguchi’s film is nominated for both International Feature Film and Best Picture at the Oscars and is expected to win the former. 

“Encanto,” one of Disney’s latest animated successes, took home the award for Animated Film. Between “Luca” and “Encanto,” Disney is expected to win in the corresponding category at the Oscars. 

The award for Documentary went to Questlove’s “Summer of Soul.” This documentary about the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969 is favored to win the Academy Award as well.  

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza” took home the award for Original Screenplay, beating out Branagh, Adam McKay for “Don’t Look Up” and Zach Baylin for “King Richard,” all of whom are nominated for the Academy Award as well. 

“CODA,” the Sian Heder directed and Apple+ produced movie, won Adapted Screenplay following the 2014 French movie it was loosely based upon. This is another strong category that can surely see a different winner at the Oscars, including “The Power of the Dog” or “The Lost Daughter.” 

Jane Campion won the award for Directing for her modern western, “The Power of the Dog.” This is a likely win for her at the Academy Awards as well, where she is the first woman to be nominated for the award more than once.  

The awards for Score, Cinematography, Production Design and Sound and Special Visual Effects all went to Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” the most for any film of the night, none of which were particularly surprising. 

Cinematography is one of this year’s most contended categories at the Academy Awards, though, with “Dune,” “West Side Story,” “The Power of the Dog,” “Nightmare Alley” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth” all making serious claims for the award. 

The night’s top award, Best Film, went to Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” the most-nominated film at this year’s Oscars, with 12 across all of the categories. It beat out “Belfast,” “Dune,” “Don’t Look Up” and “Licorice Pizza,” all of which have chances to win at the Academy Awards. 

Many of the BAFTAs winners were in line with Oscar predictions, but there are certain categories that still seem wide open. Best Actress and Cinematography in particular have the chance to override predictions at the Oscars.

 

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