Earlier this week the nominations for the BAFTA television awards were announced by Dermot O’Leary and last year’s best actress winner Georgina Campbell in London.
Whilst there are some very deserved nominations and some surprising nominations, the thing that stood out to me were the actors who seemed to be missing from the shortlists.
Here are my thoughts about some of the categories:
Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme
A strong category dominated by BBC programmes. For me, Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe has to win. One of the funniest programmes on television last year, Charlie Brooker is so clever at pointing out the absurdities of political convention and campaigning. I also can’t watch a travelodge advert without thinking of this programme now.
Drama Series & Radio Times Audience Award
I am pleased to see Humans nominated in both these categories although I am surprised to see no acting nods. I think Humans faces tough competition in both categories with Wolf Hall as its main contender for drama series and The Great British Bake Off its main contender for the audience award after a particularly strong series for the baking show.
I hope that in the female comedy performance category and scripted comedy category that Miranda Hart and Peep Show are recognised respectively. However, I think that in both categories the awards will be won by Peter Kay’s Car Share as it seems popular with BAFTA’s voters.
I think best actor will be a battle between Idris Elba and Mark Rylance. The pair have previously been in the same category (supporting actor) at this year’s academy awards with Mark Rylance winning for his role in Bridge of Spies. Although Doctor Who actors aren’t the normal nominations for BAFTA I am very surprised that Peter Capaldi isn’t nominated for Doctor Who (especially as Michelle Gomez has received a nomination). Series 9 has been a better series in general and his performance in his one hander episode Heaven Sent is surely worthy of a nomination.
Similarly, I thought the actors in Channel 4’s Humans would have been nominated across the board. I am particularly shocked that Gemma Chan hasn’t been nominated for best actress as Anita/Mia. Her performance as a synth with a twist was incredible. It seemed to me that BAFTA just relied on its previous form as Suranne Jones and Sheridan Smith always seem to be nominated year after year.