BAFTA Longlists Showcase Success for ‘Oppenheimer,’ ‘Barbie,’ and ‘Killers Of Flower Moon’; ‘Napoleon,’ ‘Ferrari,’ ‘The Killer’ Fall Short in Primary Categories

The BAFTA Film Awards has revealed its extensive longlists for 24 categories, showcasing prominent films in the lead for recognition this year. Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie,” and Martin Scorsese’s “Killers Of The Flower Moon” emerge as frontrunners, each bagging an impressive 15 longlist nominations across various sections. All three movies notably secure spots in the best film, director, and screenplay categories—“Killers” and “Oppenheimer” in adapted screenplay, while “Barbie” holds a position in original screenplay. This feat matches last year’s high mark achieved by Edward Berger’s war feature “All Quiet on the Western Front.”

Close behind the top trio are Yorgos Lanthimos’s Golden Lion winner “Poor Things,” securing 14 nods, and Bradley Cooper’s musical biopic “Maestro” with 12. Both films make appearances across categories like best film, cinematography, director, and screenplay.

Emerald Fennell’s controversial high society drama “Saltburn” claims a substantial 11 mentions, while Andrew Haigh’s enigmatic drama “All of Us Strangers” follows with ten, including best film and two supporting actor nods for Paul Mescal and Jamie Bell. Jonathan Glazer’s innovative holocaust drama “The Zone of Interest” also garners ten mentions, whereas Celine Song’s confident debut feature “Past Lives” earns six nods, including a best film nomination.

Internationally, Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall” leads with 7 nods, including director and original screenplay. The unexpected standout in the mix is Warner’s festive reboot “Wonka,” starring Timothée Chalamet, grabbing 8 mentions.

The prominence of these films is echoed in the acting categories, with strong showings across leading and supporting roles. Leonardo DiCaprio, Cillian Murphy, Barry Keoghan, and George MacKay are among the leading actor nominees. German actress Sandra Hüller secures nominations for both supporting actress in “The Zone of Interest” and leading actress for “Anatomy of a Fall.” “How to Have Sex” breakout Mia McKenna-Bruce makes her mark in leading actress, and director Molly Manning Walker earns a best director longlist nomination, alongside Celine Song, Cord Jefferson, and Alexander Payne.