Only an entertainment reporter can provide us with some legit BAFTA insights.
The BAFTAs are now just days away and its set to be one of the least obvious years, as there is no clear, outright winner. The nominations showed us that Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water lead with the most nominations at 12, shortly followed by Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing with nine.
In anticipation for Sunday’s big show, which will be hosted by the absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley (!!!), we consulted with Huffington Post’s Entertainment Reporter Rachel McGrath to find out who she expects to win and what we might expect to see on the night.
With The Shape of Water, Three Billboards and Darkest Hour up for the most categories, which one is going to be the outright winner? Could one take the majority of the honours?
I think judging from what we’ve already seen, it looks as though all three will receive plenty of accolades, with Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) and Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) looking like safe bets for Best Actor and Actress. It would be brilliant to see some surprise wins – Daniel Kaluuya could be in for a big night if he wins the Rising Star prize and the Best Actor one on the same night. Given the disappointment many had when the nominations were announced, some surprises on the day would be welcome.
Are you surprised to see Blade Runner 2049 gain so many nominations even though it got a lukewarm reception from the public?
It’s great to see Blade Runner getting nominations. It’s credit that the film deserves and it’s good to see BAFTA aren’t letting the unexpectedly low box office takings affect the decision.
Are you surprised to see The Post not receive more nominations?
Given the huge star power of the film, it is surprising, as Meryl herself hinted at a press conference. It’s good to see that films appear to be judged on their merits though, rather than by the fact it has an A-list cast and director.
Women look set to wear black at this year’s ceremony. Do you think there is more that can be done to abolish sexual misconduct within the industry?
There’s absolutely more that can be done. Hollywood is leading the conversations at the moment, and while a number of British stars are involved in the Time’s Up movement, there hasn’t really been a huge mobilised effort here. We have the 50:50 campaign which calls for equal representation and some organisations are doing good, but the efforts do not seem as big or forceful as they are in the US.
The 71st British Academy Film Awards will be held on Sunday and screened on BBC One.