‘The Fabelmans,’ ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ snubbed in BAFTA nominations

Chloe East, left, and Gabriel LaBelle in "The Fabelmans," co-written, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. - Merie Weismiller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment/UNIVERSAL/TNS

Thursday’s British Academy Film Awards nominations brought plenty of drama.

Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical “The Fabelmans” and the Tom Cruise-led “Top Gun: Maverick” were largely snubbed by BAFTA voters after winning big at previous ceremonies.

Neither is a finalist for film of the year, and Spielberg isn’t nominated for best director.

The only nomination for “The Fabelmans” came for best original screenplay. “Top Gun: Maverick” received four nods for behind-the-scenes categories including best editing and best cinematography.

The surprising omissions follow “The Fabelmans” winning best drama film at this month’s Golden Globe Awards and the National Board of Review naming “Top Gun: Maverick” its film of year. The Golden Globes and the National Board of Review both awarded Spielberg with best director.

Leading the BAFTA nominations was the war drama “All Quiet on the Western Front,” which received 14 nods. The multiverse adventure “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin,” a dark dive into a damaged friendship, tied for second with 10 nominations apiece.

All three are finalists for best film, as is the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic “Elvis” and “Tár,” a psychological drama starring Cate Blanchett.

“Elvis” lead Austin Butler and “Banshees” star Colin Farrell both received BAFTA nominations after winning in acting categories at the Globes. “The Whale” star Brendan Frasier, who won a Critics Choice Award for his portrayal of a man struggling with obesity, is also a finalist in the category.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” stars Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan are up for best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, after their Golden Globes wins. Blanchett, who won Globes and Critics Choice Awards honors, is also nominated for best actress.


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