What to Expect From The 2020 Baftas

January 15, 2020

What to expect from the 2020 Baftas

Award season is upon us once again. After the uproar from the 2020 Golden Globes, we’re expecting even more standout moments on home soil as we celebrate the 73rd British Academy of Film and Television Arts ceremony.

2019 was a particular pivotal year as women took centre stage – notably, Olivia Colman for her outstanding portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, and Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born. The 2020 ceremony, however, has been plagued by criticism for its lack of diversity.

Is it time for a voting change?

We can certainly expect some negative headlines in 2020 as viewers comment on the lack of representation. While Spike Lee won his first Bafta in 2019, coupled with Black Panther’s Special Visual Effects gong, this year’s event seems to have taken a step back.

For the seventh year in a row, no women have been nominated in the Best Director category. Equally, there are no non-white actors in the main actor categories. Potential candidates voiced their concerns, like Cynthia Erivo, star of Harriet, a biopic and exploration into the black slave movement.

In response, Director of the Association of Independent Producers Marc Samuelson said: “A review will be carried out within and outside the membership. Everyone who has a view will be heard.” He also assured viewers that the changes will be implemented in time for 2021.

Red carpet controversy

Beyond the drama of the diversity debate, the red carpet promises to deliver too. Joker star Joaquin Phoenix has vowed to wear the same suit to every awards ceremony this year to reduce waste. Of course, it’s a Stella McCartney, so it’s unlikely to go out of style.

Margot Robbie will be returning this year with two nominations, but last year’s dress is a hard act to follow. She arrived in a head-turning Chanel number fresh from the catwalk. Perhaps she’ll follow in Joaquin’s footsteps and re-tailor the look.

We’re also expecting to see Kate and Wills on the red carpet, following the recent headline-grabbing royal fallout. Will their fashion as a pair reflect their mood? Watch this space.

And the winner is…

There are many dark themes with this year’s nominations, from Todd Phillips’ Joker to gang warfare in The Irishman, and brutal murders in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The SONA team add their two cents with their predicted winners for 2020.

Best Film

The Joker is a clear contender here but we think The Irishman might just make the cut. This three-hour epic is every bit the gangster tale we know and love, plus their clever marketing ploy to release it in cinemas and on Netflix only added to its appeal.

Outstanding British Film

Rocketman had some big shoes to fill with Bohemian Rhapsody released around the same time, but Sam Mendes’ WW1 drama 1917 is sure to pull on the heartstrings.


Once upon a Time in Hollywood could just knock Joker’s Todd Phillips off the top spot here, as Quentin Tarantino returns with three hours of slapstick humour and trademark violence.

Leading Actress

Little Women has had critics singing its praises, and this is largely thanks to the outstanding performance of its leading lady, Saoirse Ronan.

Leading Actor

Joaquin Phoenix’s jaw-dropping transformation into the Joker is sure to see him walk away with the Leading Actor Bafta, but Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John is certainly a hot contender.

Supporting Actress

Though Margot Robbie has two nominations in this category, we think Scarlett Johansson provided the perfect female influence in WW2 satire Jojo Rabbit.

Supporting Actor

It’s hard to compare these chalk and cheese roles, from gangsters in The Irishman to Brad Pitt’s stunts in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. However, Tom Hanks will surely melt our hearts with his role in A Beautiful Day in The Neighbourhood.

Animated Film

We’d love to see the Toy Story franchise get a look in, but we all know Frozen 2 will continue in its enduring popularity!

Will you be watching the Baftas on your own home cinema? Contact the SONA team today to make this dream a reality.