BAFTAs 2022 nominations … rise and shine, Australia

Whether you're getting up at dawn or catching up later, here's our guide to this year's BAFTAs hopefuls.
A cup of tea could help with the early BAFTAs, where The Power of the Dog is in the running. Image: Kirsty Griffin/ Netflix.

Australian actor Rebel Wilson makes her BAFTA hosting debut at this year’s ceremony on the evening of Sunday 13 March, if you’re in the UK, or an ungodly 6am on Monday 14 March if you’re on the east coast of Australia, or at 3am in WA.

Here’s our quick guide to the nominees and other key information about the evening … morning … evening.

The BAFTAs 2022 nominations

Epic sci-fi Dune heads into the ceremony with the most nominations (11), with The Power of the Dog snapping at its heels (8) and Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast coming a respectable third (6).

Best Film

  • Belfast
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune
  • Licorice Pizza
  • The Power of the Dog

‘Belfast is based on Branagh’s own story in Northern Ireland as the Troubles flared and his family confronted the need to leave. It sees raw social catastrophe through the eyes of children, teetering on the edge of a sentimental meltdown but always firmly controlled.’

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Best Director

  • 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

‘The nominal hero of Drive My Car, Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), happens to share my old-fashioned love of audiocassettes. He uses them not for movies but for plays: he records the complete text of whatever playscript he is set to act in and listens to it while driving, leaving spaces blank for him to recite his lines.’

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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

‘Mike Mills is a filmmaker deeply interested in the intimate workings of family. And so we turn to his latest cinematic tribute, C’mon C’mon, which is devoted to the joy of fatherhood and his relationship with his own kid with fellow indie filmmaker Miranda July. And it is a loving work indeed.’ 

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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

The Power of the Dog, the western psychological drama written, produced, and directed by Jane Campion, achieved three wins at the AACTA Awards, including Best Film, Best Lead Actor in Film for Benedict Cumberbatch, and Best Supporting Actor in Film for Australian actor Kodi Smit-Mcphee.’

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Leading Actress

  • Alana Haim: Licorice Pizza
  • Lady Gaga: House of Gucci
  • Emilia Jones: Coda
  • Renate Reinsve: The Worst Person in the World
  • Joanna Scanlan: After Love
  • Tessa Thompson: Passing

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest Oscar-nominated film, Licorice Pizza, seems to take a 180⁰ turn in terms of his previous work – it’s a nostalgic teen comedy-romance set in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s – but, if we look beyond the genre, we see the same kinds of tropes emerging.’

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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

Adapted Screenplay

  • Coda: Siân Heder
  • Drive My Car: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  • Dune: Denis Villeneuve
  • The Lost Daughter: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • The Power of the Dog: Jane Campion

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

Animated Film

  • Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs the Machines

Outstanding British Film

  • After Love
  • Ali & Ava
  • Belfast
  • Boiling Point
  • Cyrano
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
  • House Of Gucci
  • Last Night In Soho
  • No Time to Die
  • Passing

‘A film about the aching distances between us, often self-imposed, it’s not at all unlike Peter Dinklage’s latest role in Darkest Hour director Joe Wright’s Cyrano. Adapted from the hit off-Broadway musical by Erica Schmidt, which also starred her husband Dinklage, it is, of course, by way of Edmond Rostand’s celebrated play Cyrano de Bergerac.’

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Who is reporting from the red carpet at the BAFTAs 2022?

AJ Odudu and Tom Allen will co-host the BAFTAs red carpet show.

Who’s performing at the BAFTAs 2022?

Dame Shirley Bassey and actress Emilia Jones will perform at this year BAFTAs.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, Dame Shirley Bassey and her orchestra will open the show.

Emilia Jones will perform a cover of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, from her Best Actress-nominated performance in the film Coda.

Fellow Best Actress nominee Lady Gaga will introduce the Rising Star segment.

And of course, as host, Rebel Wilson will be entertaining us too. ‘I’m not going to sweat-it with nerves because I have a peculiar medical condition where I can’t sweat … or cause offence to people because of my adorable Australian accent,’ the actor said in a statement.

Enjoy!

The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place at London’s Albert Hall from 6am AEDT on Monday 14 March 2022. Viewers from outside the UK can tune into a live stream on the BAFTA Facebook page.

Paul Dalgarno writes novels: A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); memoir: And You May Find Yourself (2015); and creative non-fiction: Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. Twitter: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @narrativefriction