2020 BAFTA British Academy Film Awards Betting Odds

by James Murphy in Entertainment  / January 27, 2020

  • The BAFTA Awards are essentially the British equivalent of the US Academy Awards.
  • BAFTA Award nominations were announced on January 7, 2020.
  • The BAFTA Awards presentation will take place on February 2, 2020.

The 73st British Academy Film Awards will be held in London on February 2, 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall. The awards are under the auspices of the British Academy for Film and Television Arts aka BAFTA. The British Academy Television Awards are held separately and will take place later in the year. The official title of this year’s awards is the ‘EE British Academy Film Awards’ due to a sponsorship deal with the UK cellphone company EE.

The mission statement of BAFTA is very similar to that of the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. BAFTA exists to “support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public”. The purpose of the British Academy Film Awards specifically is to “honour the best British and international contributions to film.” The award categories are also very similar to the Academy Awards with the addition of a few that are unique to the British Awards. The one for ‘Best British Film’ should be obvious enough. There’s also a category called ‘Best Rising Star’–this award was created to honor casting director Mary Selway after her death in 2004. The ‘Rising Star’ award serves to ‘recognize new talents in the acting industry’.

The BAFTA Awards are considered to be a ‘precursor’ to the Academy Awards despite minimal overlap in the voting membership of the British Academy and the US Academy. Much of that has to do with the (relatively) similar cultural tastes shared between the US and Great Britain as well as the common language. BAFTA has been quick to change rules to reflect new societal and technological trends. In the past couple of years they’ve changed rules to ‘encourage diversity’ in casting and direction as well as to allow films that were made for on-demand streaming platforms (eg: Netflix and Amazon) to be considered for awards despite not having a theatrical release.

As you can see from the nominations lists, many of the films and individuals recognized by BAFTA are also under consideration for US Academy Awards. Here’s the SPORTSINSIDER.COM odds on the major categories as well as the ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Best British Films’ award:

2020 BAFTA FILM AWARDS BETTING ODDS

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM

1917                                                      +150
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood                             +250
Parasite                                                  +250
The Irishman                                              +500
Joker                                                     +750

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Sam Mendes/1917                                           +150
Quentin Tarantino/Once Upon A Time In Hollywood           +250
Bong Joon Ho/Parasite                                     +250
Martin Scorsese/The Irishman                              +500
Todd Phillips/Joker                                       +750

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR LEADING ACTOR

Joaquin Phoenix/Joker                                     +150
Taron Egerton/Rocketman                                   +300
Leonardo DiCaprio/Once Upon a Time in Hollywood           +300
Adam Driver/Marriage Story                                +450
Jonathan Pryce/The Two Popes                              +450

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR LEADING ACTRESS

Renee Zellweger/Judy                                      +155
Saoirse Ronan/Little Women                                +220
Charlize Theron/Bombshell                                 +450
Scarlett Johansson/Marriage Story                         +450
Jessie Buckley/Wild Rose                                  +450

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR SUPPORTING ACTOR

Brad Pitt/Once Upon A Time In Hollywood                   +125
Al Pacino/The Irishman                                    +300
Joe Pessci/The Irishman                                   +350
Tom Hanks/A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood             +500
Anthony Hopkins/The Two Popes                             +500

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Laura Dern/Marriage Story                                 +135
Florence Pugh/Little Women                                +250
Margot Robbie/Bombshell                                   +450
Scarlett Johansson/JoJo Rabbit                            +450
Margot Robbie/Once Upon A Time In Hollywood               +450

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood                             +200
Parasite                                                  +225
Marriage Story                                            +350
Knives Out                                                +350
Booksmart                                                 +500

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Jojo Rabbit                                               +200
Little Women                                              +225
The Irishman                                              +225
Joker                                                     +450
The Two Popes                                             +700

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1917                                                      -115
The Lighthouse                                            +250
Joker                                                     +450
Ford v. Ferrari                                           +700
The Irishman                                              +700

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Little Women                                              +150
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood                             +250
Judy                                                      +340
Jojo Rabbit                                               +450
The Irishman                                              +500

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING

Ford v. Ferrari                                           +175
The Irishman                                              +200
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood                             +350
Joker                                                     +500
Jojo Rabbit                                               +500

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST MAKEUP & HAIR

Bombshell                                                 +125
Rocketman                                                 +225
Joker                                                     +450
1917                                                      +450
Judy                                                      +600

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood                             +150
1917                                                      +200
Joker                                                     +450
JoJo Rabbit                                               +450
The Irishman                                              +450

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Joker                                                     +200
1917                                                      +250
Little Women                                              +300
JoJo Rabbit                                               +350
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker                          +450

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND

1917                                                      +150
Rocketman                                                 +225
Ford v. Ferrari                                           +350
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker                          +500
Joker                                                     +600

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Endgame                                         +150
1917                                                      +250
The Lion King                                             +350
The Irishman                                              +500
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker                          +500

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST CASTING

Once Open a Time in Hollywood                             +115
Marriage Story                                            +250
Joker                                                     +500
The Two Popes                                             +500
Personal History of David Copperfield                     +500

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

American Factory                                          +200
Apollo 11                                                 +250
For Sama                                                  +250
The Great Hack                                            +500
Diego Maradona                                            +500

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Toy Story 4                                               -145
Klaus                                                     +300
Frozen II                                                 +300
Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon                        +500

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Parasite                                                  -250
The Farewell                                              +500
Pain and Glory                                            +500
For Sama                                                  +750
Portrait of a Lady on Fire                                +750

TO WIN BAFTA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

1917                                                      -300
Rocketman                                                 +600
The Two Popes                                             +750
Sorry We Missed You                                       +750
For Sama                                                  +1250
Bait                                                      +1500

TO WIN BAFTA EE RISING STAR AWARD

Awkwafina                                                 -150
Jack Lowden                                               +300
Kaitlyn Dever                                             +500
Michael Ward                                              +750
Kelvin Harrison, Jr                                       +750

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