(L-R) Harry Shum Jr., Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, and Ke Huy Quan appear backstage with their award for Best Picture award for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" during the 28th annual Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Yeoh, Huy Quan and the film are all nominated for 2023 BAFTA Awards. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The British Film and TV Awards nominations were announced Thursday with Everything, Everywhere All at Once and The Banshees of Insherin leading the pack.
Much like the Golden Globes, the BAFTA Awards sought to overcome an image problem based on their record on diversity. In 2021, none of the 20 acting nominations went to a person of color.
In 2022, that has changed with nominations for Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Danielle Deadwyler, Hong Chau, Viola Davis, and Ke Huy Quan in the acting categories. Gina Prince Bythewood also earned a nod as director of The Woman King.
This year, 14 of the top 24 acting nominations went to first-time nominees, another sign that the BAFTAs are trying to become more progressive.
Among the other top nominees, the Netflix film All Quiet on the Western Front was the top vote-getter with 14 nominations. The German language film's nominations included Best Film, Best Director, and Adapted Screenplay. All Quiet achieved the most BAFTA nominations since The King's Speech in 2011, which equaled the mark.
The Banshees Of Inisherin and Everything Everywhere All at Once were right behind it with 10 nominations apiece. Actress Cate Blanchett earned her eighth BAFTA nomination for her role as an orchestra conductor who becomes embroiled in a growing scandal in Tár.
Notable snubs this year are the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg film The Fablemans. It led into the BAFTAS with two Golden Globe Awards -- for Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Director, but only received one BAFTA nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
The BAFTAs, like the multiple awards shows leading up to it, are one predictor of the Oscars, but per multiple reports, there is no crystal-clear picture yet, apart from expected nods for Yeoh, Blanchett, and Bassett, who have been the big winners in awards shows already.
Michelle Williams of The Fabelmans may also see an Oscar nod for Best Actress, as she did for the BAFTAs. Front-running actors include Banshees star Colin Farrell, Elvis' Austin Butler, and Brendan Fraser from The Whale, along with Ke Huy Quan for Everything Everywhere All at Once who've also all won at key awards stops this year.
The Best Picture race is also shaping up as the Banshees of Insherin and Everything Everywhere All At Once continue their run of nominations.
The diversity of the 2023 nominations comes from changes to the BAFTA organization that have been implemented over the past three award seasons. In that time, they've expanded their membership ranks, the acting and best director categories, and the list of films to encourage viewership of a broader slate of movies.
The 2023 show, which has been pre-recorded in the past, will announce the last four major categories live and there will be two hosts, one from Southbank Center's Royal Festival Hall and another from a new BAFTA's Backstage Studio that promises more behind-the-scenes coverage. They will also continue the music performances that debuted on the show last year.
The BAFTA Awards will be handed out on Feb. 19. You can see a full list of nominees here.
All Quiet On The Western Front
The Banshees Of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
The Banshees Of Inisherin
Brian And Charles
Empire Of Light
Good Luck To You, Leo Grande
Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical
See How They Run
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Aftersun -- Charlotte Wells (Writer/Director)
Blue Jean -- Georgia Oakley (Writer/Director), Hélène Sifre (Producer)
Electric Malady -- Marie Lidén (Director)
Good Luck To You, Leo Grande -- Katy Brand (Writer)
Rebellion -- Maia Kenworthy (Director)
All Quiet On The Western Front -- Edward Berger
The Banshees Of Inisherin -- Martin McDonagh
Decision To Leave -- Park Chan-Wook
Everything Everywhere All At Once --Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Tár -- Todd Field
The Woman King-- Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cate Blanchett --Tár
Viola Davis -- The Woman King
Danielle Deadwyler --Till
Ana De Armas -- Blonde
Emma Thompson -- Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Michelle Yeoh -- Everything Everywhere All At Once
Austin Butler -- Elvis
Colin Farrell -- The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser -- The Whale
Daryl Mccormack -- Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Paul Mescal -- Aftersun
Bill Nighy -- Living
Angela Bassett -- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hong Chau -- The Whale
Kerry Condon -- The Banshees of Inisherin
Dolly De Leon -- Triangle of Sadness
Jamie Lee Curtis -- Everything Everywhere All At Once
Carey Mulligan -- She Said
Brendan Gleeson -- The Banshees of Inisherin
Barry Keoghan --The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan -- Everything Everywhere All At Once
Eddie Redmayne -- The Good Nurse
Albrecht Schuch -- All Quiet on the Western Front
Micheal Ward -- Empire of Light