London (EFE) history, and the black comedy of “The Banshees of Inisherin” and the surreal comedy of “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
The ceremony is held today in the British capital, with a change of scenery for the first time since 2016. The gala moves from the magnificent Royal Albert Hall to the Royal Festival Hall, on the banks of the Thames. The newer but less historic setting is part of an academy deal with the Royal Festival Hall, already home to the Bafta TV and video game awards.
In this new context, “All Quiet On The Western Front”, the German film by Edward Berger, starts with the highest number of nominations, fourteen, a record for a non-English language film. Despite the number of awards to which it opts, the favorites for the most important award of the night, the one for best film, are “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Everything Everywhere All At Once”.
“Argentina, 1985”, by Santiago Mitre, after taking two Goyas and a Golden Globe, can continue to win options for the Oscars, where it opts for best international film, and at the Bafta it competes for the award for best non-language film english.
The first of these two deals with the tragic relationship of two friends in post-Civil War Ireland, with a touch of black humor, while “Everything Everywhere All At Once”, a surreal comedy that touches on the multiverse, is up for ten awards in the Baftas and is preparing for an Oscar in which he competes in eleven categories.
“Elvis”, with nine nominations and “Tár, with five, complete the quintet of favorites for awards that have left out blockbuster films such as “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Top Gun: Maverick”, in the main categories .
Guillermo del Toro, who has already won three Baftas with “Pan’s Labyrinth” and another three with “The Shape of Water”, opts for three categories (best animated film, best soundtrack and best production design) for his reinterpretation of the classic “Pinocchio” .
The Mexican film has already won the award for best animated film at the Golden Globes and is competing for the same category at the Oscars, which are held on March 12.
The Spanish-Cuban actress Ana de Armas is nominated in the category for best leading actress, for her role as Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde” and will compete for the award with Cate Blanchett, for “Tár” and Michelle Yeoh, for “Everything Everywhere All At Once ”, main favorites for this award.
The gala will be directed by Richard E. Grant, who has been nominated throughout his life for Oscars, Baftas and Golden Globes for his performance in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”.
This will also be the first gala after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to the presence of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, Helen Mirren, who played the monarch in the 2006 film “The Queen” will pay tribute to the late queen.