‘Capharnaum’ scores Lebanon’s first BAFTA nomination

As awards season gets into fast gear, the film community looks to precursor awards to estimate who will get nominated — and eventually win — at the 91st Academy Awards this February. Most recently, the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place and crowned its winners (check out our favourite moments from the show here) and earlier this morning, the nominations of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts were announced.

After leading the Critic’s Choice Award nominations with 14, The Favourite stunned again with 12 nominations at the BAFTAs, far ahead of Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma, First Man, and A Star is Born, each of which scored seven nominations. Vice and BlacKkKlansman followed closely with six and five, respectively.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic

One of three major awards — the other two being the Globes and the Oscars — the BAFTAs honour the year’s best movies. This year, Nadine Labaki’s social-realist drama Capharnaum found itself in the “Film Not in the English Language” category, making history as the first Lebanese (and Arab) film to be nominated in the U.K. film awards. The film will compete against Roma (Mexico), Shoplifters ( Japan), Cold War ( Poland), and Dogman (Italy).

Capharnaum’s award run began at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival where it was in contention for the Palme d’Or and won the Grand Prix. Since then, Labaki’s film has continued to make history for Lebanon, scoring nomination after nomination for major awards circuits, such as the Golden Globe Awards, the Critic’s Choice Awards, and various critics’ circles. With so many precursor award nominations now achieved, the film is looking more and more like an Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film. An Academy Award nomination in the category would mark Lebanon’s second consecutive one after Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult made history last year.

The BAFTAs will air on February 10th. Best of luck to Lebanon!


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