BAFTA has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2022 with eleven nominations for Dune, eight nominations for The Power of the Dog and six nominations for Belfast.

There were also five nominations for Licorice Pizza, No Time to Die and West Side Story; four nominations for After Love, Boiling Point, Cyrano, Don’t Look Up, Passing and King Richard, three nominations for CODA, Drive My Car, The French Dispatch, House of Gucci and Nightmare Alley, two nominations for Ali & Ava, Being the Ricardos, Cruella, Flee, The Hand of God, Last Night in Soho, The Lost Daughter, The Summer of Soul and The Worst Person in the World and one nomination for each of Becoming Cousteau, C’mon C’mon, Cow, Encanto, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Free Guy, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Happening, The Harder They Fall, Keyboard Fantasies, Luca, Mass, The Matrix Resurrections, The Mitchells vs the Machines, Parallel Mothers, Petite Maman, A Quiet Place Part II, The Rescue, Swan Song, Titane and The Tragedy of Macbeth.

In the performance categories, 19 of the 24 nominees are receiving their first BAFTA Film nomination and all of the performers in the Supporting Actor category are first time nominees.  First time nominees in the performance categories include; Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza); Woody Norman (C’mon C’mon), Joanna Scanlan (After Love) and Will Smith (King Richard). Woody, at age 11 years old, is our youngest nominee this year.

In the Director category, there is an equal split in the number of female and male directors and there is an increase in the number of female directors nominated in total across all categories, up to 12 vs eight in 2021.  Overall the number of female nominees in total has risen to 70, which is the highest in the last five years.

Half of the top 12 most nominated films are British films, with Belfast and No Time To Die leading the way as the most nominated British films (with six and five nominations respectively).

Three previous EE Rising Stars are nominated in the performance categories, Jessie Buckley (2019), Tessa Thompson (2018), Ruth Negga (2017).  And two of this year’s EE Rising Star Award nominees, Ariana DeBose and Kodi Smit-McPhee, have also received nominations in this year’s performance categories.

Amanda Berry, CEO of BAFTA, said: “Congratulations to all our nominees, whose extraordinary talent and achievements have shone through in another incredible year for film. BAFTA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, so it is a particularly special year for us and we are proud to be announcing the nominations from our recently redeveloped home at 195 Piccadilly. We look forward to celebrating our nominees’ incredible talent in person when we welcome everyone to London’s Royal Albert Hall for the EE British Academy Film Awards on 13 March.”

Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA, said: “This year’s nominations showcase a remarkable range of creative work in-front of and behind the camera.  We know that by celebrating outstanding achievement today, we are inspiring future generations for years to come.  Two years ago, we launched a wide-ranging review into our voting, membership and campaigning processes and I want to thank the BAFTA members and the wider industry for embracing these changes.  Our goal is to level the playing field for awards entries so that more films and the true diverse range of exceptional creative talent in the UK and internationally is represented and celebrated.  With 48 films nominated today, we’re delighted to be able to shine a spotlight on such phenomenal breadth of stories and performances.”

Anna Higgs, Chair of the Film Committee, said: “We are delighted to announce this year’s nominations drawn from an exciting range of films and performances. It’s especially encouraging to see so many first-time nominees be recognised this year in the performance categories, and the range of styles and subject matters highlighted in the Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut which once again are testament to the incredible talent, resilience and ingenuity of our filmmakers and crews.  Even though 2021 was a difficult year with cinemas closed in the UK until May, BAFTA remains dedicated to making the awards fairer for entrants as we continue our efforts towards levelling the playing field and supporting a more inclusive industry.”

The full list of nominations is at

Jon Creamer

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